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. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:10-12)
Some of us read this amazing word in Ephesians much like we read an exam paper. We brace ourselves for what we see as our daunting task to face the test alone. We read “be strong” and “put on your armor” thinking something like, “Enemies in the spiritual realm are against me; yikes!” Yet this word is not frightening to us because that is not actually what it says. We are addressed together, not as an army of one. We are told to “be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.” He is the one who fights for you, and your Father is a God of “mighty power.” This battle is all about Him, not about you.
The armor is “of God,” not your armor. He has prepared every piece and given it to you as a gift. This picture of the Roman armor does not mean you are like a paid soldier, a number rather than a name, employed to fight. No, you are His daughter, known and loved by the Father. This armor is perfectly fitted for you, not one size fits all. The darkness is real and Devil is scheming to keep people from the life, light, and love of Jesus. This passage says what may look like people are actually higher and deeper battles in the spiritual world that we may not understand or see with our eyes. But Jesus knows them all, so you don’t have to try to work it all out or fearfully seek out the enemy around every corner. Therefore we prayerfully stand strong only “in the Lord,” and we put on “God’s armor” that He has lovingly provided for us. Phew, we thank Him for that!