Not in Our Own Strength

Ericka Loynes

Read: Ephesians 6:10-18

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. (vv. 10-11)

My family and I love superhero movies. When a Marvel or DC Comics movie comes out, my husband reserves our favorite seats as soon as the tickets go on sale. It’s fun for us to experience these worlds where people have superhuman strength to protect innocent earthlings from evil alien forces. No matter which superhero you claim has the best skills or wears the best costume, all super beings have something in common. They all are armed with weapons or abilities and primed for combat.

Likewise, Christians should suit up for battle. We’re in spiritual warfare. In the real world, supernatural forces of evil are not as overt as they are in the Marvel or DC Comics Universe, but our enemy is real and dangerous. We go head-to-head with cosmic armies of darkness that have been deployed to destroy us, and we need more than human strength to fight. Our true strength comes from God, and his weapons are built to withstand all the strategic attacks from our enemy.

Let’s wake up every day intent on using every piece of protection and weaponry God has given us. We can defend ourselves with truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, relentless faith, and salvation. We can strike back with God’s Word and earnest prayer to God. After all, he is our true superpower.—Ericka Loynes

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your strength. Remind us that we are victorious through you.