Ephesians 6:10, 12
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power…For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”
Written by: James Washburn
Ephesians 6:12 is a passage on spiritual warfare that references the common struggle Christians have with evil in their day to day lives. This passage deals with the struggle of unseen forces that are battling or wrestling in the spiritual realm. They are supernatural, demonic forces Paul mentions in four unique ways in the passage: evil rulers, authorities, mighty powers, and evil spirits. All of these are opponents rallying against us to try and ruin our spiritual lives.
Christians must realize resources are readily available to those who need them. Divine power is accessible as mentioned in Ephesians 6:10 which says, “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His mighty power.” God gives power out in a personal way by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and through our relationship with Jesus. Because Jesus won the battle over evil on the cross, He now rules over demons.
We now share in His dominance over evil and the demonic realm. His plan involves us helping to fulfill His mission of spreading the gospel. He also gives us the armor of God, which has multiple assets to help Christians win over sin that may try to rule in our lives.
We cannot succeed on our own, but we can win through the power of God.
The Bible describes this armor that will give assets for victory in Ephesians 6:
1) The belt represents truth.
2) The breastplate of righteousness gives holiness and provides the development of good character.
3) Boots prepare Christians to share the Gospel of peace.
4) The shield of faith helps overcome doubt.
5) The helmet of salvation secures your identity in Jesus.
6) The sword of the spirit equips you to know scripture and apply it.
Thought of the day: Prayer has been called the heart of spiritual warfare. It is vital in the lives of those who want to win.
Prayer: Jesus, thank You for providing resources so I can win. Help me to stay prepared for whatever the enemy may bring my way and continually fill me with Your Holy Spirit, which provides power for my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.