Memorise James 4:7
"...take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day."
We have seen in earlier readings that the devil is like a roaring lion seeking to devour unsuspecting people (1 Peter 5:8). There is no doubt about his intentions, for he seeks to destroy anyone he can get his hands on. We have, however, also learnt that although the devil is powerful and wicked, he is nonetheless constrained by God and Christians are never tempted beyond their ability to resist. (1 Corinthians 10:13). Hence, we certainly have the ability to resist the devil. How then do we go about doing so? Ephesians 6:11-18 tells us that what we need is the “whole armour of God”. The armour consist of many components, each representing a necessary part the Christian needs in order to resist the attacks of the devil. This consists of; loins girded about with truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the gospel, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, the sword of Spirit which is the Word of God, and prayer. As we look at this list closely, we learn a few things. To be able to resist the devil, we must first be saved. Only God’s children have the ability in the Holy Spirit to successfully resist each temptation. However, salvation only is not enough if the Christian is unfamiliar with God’s Word. The Word gives us instructions in righteousness and our ignorance of it results in our own jeopardy. Knowing God’s Word is also insufficient if we do not practice it to the building up of our faith. Finally, we need prayer. We need to ask God to enable us to resist temptation and we need to help our brethren by praying for them. No soldier who understands the dangers of war would step out in the battlefield unarmed and ill-equipped. Likewise, we would be foolhardy to imagine that we are strong enough to resist any temptation that comes our way unless we are prepared.
That leads us to recognize that we should always consider our ability to resist temptation with humility. In fact, even our ability to resist temptation is given to us by God. God has given us what is necessary in the armour mentioned in Ephesians 6. We only need to put into practice what the Bible teaches us. Our problem is we think we do not need God’s armour and fail miserably when tempted. May you put on the armour of God.
Thought: When was the last time you failed to resist a temptation?
Prayer: Lord, help me to always have my armour on.