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  READ: Ephesians 6:10-18


Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. —Ephesians 6:11

Paul the Apostle, a spiritual warrior,
testified as he came to the end of his embattled life: “I have fought
the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2
Tim. 4:7).

Years earlier, that valiant soldier of Jesus Christ
had pleaded with his fellow Believers to put on the armor of God that
would enable them to stand firm in their conflict with the powers of
darkness. He knew the vital importance of donning that armor every day.
In his service for Christ, Paul had been whipped, beaten, stoned, and
imprisoned, and was often hungry, thirsty, cold, and weary (2 Cor.
11:22-28).

Strapping on the belt of truth, the breastplate of
righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of
salvation, and the sword of the Spirit (God’s Word) enabled Paul to
“quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one” (Eph. 6:14-17). With
God’s armor we too are fully covered and prepared for battle.

The
prince of darkness with his hosts of demonic helpers is an incredibly
crafty foe. That’s why we need to guard against his deceitful devices
and put on the whole armor of God every day. When we do, like Paul when
he was nearing the end of his days, we can be confident that we have
“kept the faith.”  — Vernon C. Grounds

Sound the battle cry! See—the foe is nigh!
Raise the standard high for the Lord;
Gird your armor on, stand firm, everyone;
Rest your cause upon His holy Word. —Sherwin

God’s armor is tailor made for you, but you must put it on.

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