Paul the apostle wrote these words to the church at Ephesus: “Take up the full Armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the Evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:13, NASB). Let’s focus on this portion of that verse: “so that you will be able to resist in the evil day.”
As for the evil day, Paul was not referring to some final showdown between good and evil. Rather, the evil day can occur anytime in our life. It is a day is occasioned by the spiritual forces of wickedness and darkness that Paul addresses in chapter 6, verse 12 of the same epistle. It is a day when it seems as if the demons in hell have declared all-out war on you.
Paul was advising the believers to put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes they will be able to stand. In other words, get Prepared now so when the day comes, you will be able to stand. No smart warrior waits until the battle occurs before preparing for battle. When warfare is at hand, the only effective time to prepare for war is before war begins.
Notice, Paul did not say IF the evil day comes but he says in that day. I submit that if you are a genuine Christian, you are in the devil’s crosshairs because he is our adversary. Since the day of evil is a given in our lives, it behooves us to properly prepare for that day. And we can only do that by donning ourselves with the full armor of God. Given the nature of our enemy, no other weaponry will suffice.
I believe many believers are nonchalant about what Paul addresses in this letter to the church at Ephesus. As a pastor, I have observed Christians over the years who are passive about this matter. Sometimes, it’s because everything seems to be going well in their life and they are too busy basking in their contentment. Or maybe, they are of the opinion “it does not take all of that.”
When you see that, you just know what you are looking at is a disaster waiting to happen. Passive believers are not prepared for the day of evil. Moreover, once that day comes, it’s too late for the unprepared to get it together. Putting on the full armor of God is not like putting on a regular pair of clothes. It involves a commitment to prayer, effectively using the shield of faith; and walking in the Word, which is the sword of the Spirit.
Contrary to the opinion of some, the devil is not an unbeatable foe. God has given us what we need to win. But victory requires us to put on the full armor of God.
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