Put on the whole armor

Ephesians-6 10-11

The Verse of the Day for March 22, 2016 comes from Ephesians 6:10-11 in the Holman Standard Christian Bible:

[Christian Warfare] Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.

The first part of Ephesians 6:10 exhorts us to be strong in the Lord and reminds us of similar words of encouragement found in an earlier blog post: “Be strong and take courage.” In examining Joshua 1:9, we find great encouragement in midst of circumstances whereby we could be greatly discouraged. Just as Joshua felt discouraged when he was confronted with the task of leading the Children of Israel into the Promised Land after the death of Moses, we also have similar concerns, as we transition from the Wilderness of our lives into the “Promised Land” that God has set before us.

The first part of Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “put on the whole armor of God.” The phrase “put on” is part of an expression connected with renewing the mind, whereby believers are exhorted to “put off, put on, and put away.” The essence of this message was discussed in an earlier blog post where I shared the poem “Moving in the Opposite Spirit” which ends with the same phrase:

. . . .
To reverse the curse and counter iniquity.
God orders our steps, and we choose the path of peace,
Not to seek revenge but pray for each enemy,
For all giving assures that favor will increase;
Renewed in the spirit of our mind night and day,
Being transformed “to put off, put on, put away.”

The passage from Ephesians 6 reminds of us spiritual warfare that we, as believers, are engaged in, even as in the natural, the nation, indeed, the world is currently experiencing a “time for war.”

II Corinthians 10:3-5 also reminds of this reality:

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ

The complete passage related to the “whole armor of God” from Ephesians 6:10-20 is shared in a most inspiring video produced by David Wesley:

We conclude with another Scripture Memory Song: Put on the Full Armor (Ephesians 6:11-12)

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