“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesians 6:10-13).

The first three chapters of Ephesians tell us the riches we have in Christ. It would be difficult to meditate too much on these riches. In the final chapter, Paul teaches on standing strong in the Lord. Notice that verses 10 and 13 both say to “put on the full armor of God” to take your stand against the devil. The emphasis is on the completeness of the armor. The devil is not stronger than God’s armor, but he is wily enough to hit us where we are not covered.

When I get defeated, it is not because of Satan’s strength. It is either because I am uncovered or because I mistake the enemy for flesh and blood (a human being) instead of the real Enemy.

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