Ephesians 6:10,11 “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
In the Apostle Paul’s day, times were tough in some places. The people in some areas treated him badly, and in other places there were almost no problems.
Paul knew very well that no matter what a community was like, it was not the people that were the problem. It was an enemy every believer deals with called Satan. He could stir up trouble anywhere, or cause people to relax – which often tends to make Christians relax, too.
In either case, strength was needed from God to be able to stand against the pressure that others may cause. Just as important, though, is that His strength is needed to be able to say no to the devices of the evil one, as he tries to tempt us in our minds.
Note that this verse emphasizes the need for His strength – not our strength. A believer cannot stand against an enemy we cannot see on our own, nor will your strength enable you to defeat him.
The good news is that God is willing to encourage and strengthen you. He is also quite able to give you the victory that He wants you to have and to fulfill His will.
One more important thing these verses tell us: we must put on the “whole armour of God” in order to stand. In other words, you must get dressed right first thing in the day or you are headed for spiritual defeat.
This means preparing for the spiritual battle in advance. Half-hearted attempts will never get the job done. We must meet with God first thing in the day, read our Bibles and pray, surrender afresh to Him for His will in our lives, and determine to stand against the world, the flesh, and the Devil.
Christian, are you serious about getting the victory today?