The Platform for Battle – Ephesians 6
Last month I spoke about the need to forgive. Matthew 6:14,15 – we see that as we forgive others, God will forgive us, but if we do not forgive others God will not forgive us. Although this principle is true, we also need to be in a place where we can forgive. For example, if someone is living in a repetitive abusive relationship, forgiveness becomes incredibly difficult, and in most cases completely unsustainable.
I talk about getting yourself on the right platforms so you can grow and overcome the schemes of evil. In the case of abuse, the victim can start to make ground when they have moved out and established a new platform. Once you have the right platform; there is an active invitation in Ephesians 6 to “buckle up” and do business.
take your stand (v 11)
stand your ground (v13)
Stand firm (v14)
The meek and mild attitude of humility seems to vanish from the Christian vocab in this passage. All of a sudden we are thrust in the battle of a spiritual scrum where we are called to be strong in the mighty power of God (v10). If anything I have learned, we must be assertive; knowing the authority Almighty God has given us through Jesus. At this point we cannot retreat into a corner and let the enemy run all over us.
The weapons (armour) are called weapons for a reason, and we must learn to use them and do battle with them. The armour has the purpose of defence as well as attack. Jesus showed this when He was lead into the desert to be tempted by the devil (Matthew 4). He reminded the devil of the written word of God and He rebuked the devil and told him to get lost (Mt 4:10). Furthermore, Jesus didn’t speak softly to evil, he sternly told evil spirits to be quiet (Mk 1:25, Lk 4:35). The conclusion to the armour is that we are called to pray in the Spirit on all occasions (v18). To pray in the Spirit in this passage is qualified by prayers that could be anything, because we are prompted by the Holy Spirit. Secondly, we are to stay alert over God’s people, as we are called to be protectors of one another.
The platform for battle allows us to fight off evil, so we can enjoy the promises and blessings of God. The thief wants to rob us (Jn 10:10), but Jesus wants us to have life abundantly. We are humble in our conduct but not passive on the platform for battle. In the scheme of things we want to experience the goodness of His creation and be reminded; the whole earth is filled with His glory (Isaiah 6:3).