In our weakness the instruction comes to us: “Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). The next verse tells us WHAT to do and WHY.
It’s nice to be able to do something even though we are weak. We do not need to be helpless in our weakness when we are living for Jesus. Being strong in Christ and in His mighty power is a fabulous hope for those who are so weak.
So WHAT do we do?
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. Ephesians 6:10-11
WHAT we do is put on the full armor of God. (Feel free to read on in Ephesians 6 to see the various pieces of this armor!)
I have the imagery of a soldier in battle, wounded from many hits from the enemy, weak, bleeding, suffering… and he’s given a suit of armor. He’s being decimated by the enemy without any ability to strike back. Even if he could make a counter maneuver, it would be no consequence. He is helpless. He is outmatched and out-gunned – except for this one thing. The armor.
The soldier has a chance. In his weakness he can put this armor on. Will he do it? Even if he didn’t know if it would really protect him, I’d say that he would! Once chance of survival is better than no chance.
You and I can be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power by putting on the armor of God. Without it we have no chance against the enemy. With it we can experience the WHY.
WHY put on the armor of God? Paul says so we can ‘take our stand against the devil’s schemes.’ In this passage he uses the word ‘stand’ four (4!) times (vs 11, 13, 14). In fact Paul restates the entire idea again in verse 13:
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. Stand firm then… Ephesians 6:13
When you are weak, you sit. When you are really weak, you lay down. Nothing is accomplished in a weakened state. With the armor of God we who are weak are able to stand. And stand firm!
The battle rages on, but we are strong in the Lord and in His mighty power as we put on this armor. We can stand! It’s in His strength we stand. It’s His armor. It’s His mighty power. Stand firm!