Standing Firm, Anchored In

Fred Wilgenburg

READ : Ephesians 6:10-18

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day,

and having done all, to stand firm. (v. 13)

It can be difficult to want to “stand firm” on anything these days. In a world where Islamic radicals brutally kill people who stand up for their faith, we may be hesitant to speak out, even if we live far from where it’s happening. When the Supreme Court and the wider culture want to change the definition of marriage—and shame on anyone who disagrees with them—it can make you think twice before “standing firm.”

The truth is that we cannot stand on our own. This is why we are urged to suit up in the whole armor of God: belt (truth), breastplate (righteousness), footgear (gospel of peace), shield (faith), helmet (salvation), and the Spirit’s sword (God’s Word), plus prayer. It is only then that we are able to stand firm, knowing that “to live is Christ, and to die is gain” (Phil. 1:21), and that God’s “grace is sufficient” for us (2 Cor. 12:9).

As we hear of believers being beheaded for standing firm in their faith, we know that it is God who has the last word. In fact, we know that God has the last word on everything! Since we know that, let us take heart today, prepare ourselves by putting on the full armor of God, and having done so, stand firm in our faith and love.

PRAYER

God, thank you for equipping us through Jesus, amen.