Fighting the Fight of Faith

by David and Stephen Olford

Text: "take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand" (Eph. 6:13).

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Thought: The Christian life is a fight right through to the end. In no passage is Paul more explicit about this than in this sixth chapter of Ephesians. Consider these fundamental truths:

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1. The Enemy of the Christian: "We wrestleagainst principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (v. 12). Not only are people deluded about the warfare that the Christian life demands but concerning the Enemy himself. The Bible speaks of this enemy as Satan, the deceiver, the accuser, the murderer and the liar. Study carefully his strategy (v. 11), his strength (v. 12) and his subtlety (v. 16).

2. The Panoply of the Christian: "Take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand" (vv. 13-17a). Thank God, that when a man is prepared to step out for Jesus Christ he is given a panoply of five defensive pieces of armor. When Paul says, "Put on the whole armor of God," he is saying, "Put on the Lord Jesus Christ: your girdle and breastplate (v. 14), shoes (v. 15), shield (v. 16), and helmet (v. 17).

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3. The Victory of the Christian: "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might"
(v. 10). If we are to know victory in our lives, we must face the enemy. It is interesting to observe that in the elaboration of the armor that the Christian is to wear, there is nothing provided to protect the back: the Christian must face the enemy, if he is to win the day. He must also fight the enemy. In Paul's description of the Christian's offensive equipment for warfare, he mentions two weapons: prayer and the sword of the Spirit. Prayer supplies the energy for fighting, while the Word secures the victory in fighting. We need to learn more and more how to wield these two weapons of wrestling in prayer and living out the Word.

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Thrust: Ultimately, it is only Christ who can overcome the enemy as we come to know Him through prayer and the reading of the Word.

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