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Devotional - week of September 11, 2011


BE MADE STRONG

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

 

All believers know of the tricks of Satan. Certainly, Paul did also. God had shown him how to avoid yielding to those tricks and he wants his readers to know and follow the preparation he has made.

 

A literal translation of the words “be strong” is “continue to be made strong.” Believers can be made strong “in the power of His might.”  We are made strong “in the Lord.” That is, we continue to be made strong by continuing to live out our union with Christ.

 

When we are made strong, we put on the whole armor of God and are able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are like a Roman soldier who puts on his armor for the warfare.

 

 The armor of a Roman soldier was a belt, breastplate, shoes, shield and helmet. The believer’s belt is “peace,” his breastplate is righteousness, his shoes are the gospel of peace, his shield is faith and his helmet is salvation. “Salvation” here likely refers to Christian growth.

 

We do not need to seek to find different ways to put on these articles of our armor. All we need to do is experience our oneness with Christ in crucifixion, burial and resurrection.

 

In addition to his armor, the Roman soldier took with him a sword. The Christian soldier living out his oneness with Christ does the same. The Christians sword is the word of God which is the sword of the Spirit. The Greek word translated “word” refers to the spoken word of God.

 

Just as Jesus spoke words from the Book of Deuteronomy to Satan, the believer can speak Scripture to Satan that God gives him from the written word. Again, the sword is provided when we experience the life of grace.