The victory He achieved for us
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil. For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand. Ephesians 6:10-13
As the apostle Paul describes in the text, we are indeed in the “evil day.” This age is characterized by ungodliness, sexual promiscuity, rampant crime, and worldwide unbelief. To be able to withstand against the tactics of the Devil as a follower of Christ means that we have to put on the whole “armor of God.” After Paul described the wonderful benefits a person receives once he or she surrender one’s life to Jesus and recognize Him as Lord and Savior, Christians are vulnerable to Satan’s attack. It is important that we know who we are dealing with so we will not get defeated when attacked by the enemy. Right now, it seemed that Satan’s deceits are permeating the society. The prevailing clamor is tolerance to all kinds of belief but not necessarily the belief in Christianity. There is a call to an open-ended search for truth but not in biblical truth. We should be aware that our fight is against principalities. Therefore, we are to be very much aware of Satan’s tactics. The challenge for every believer faced with adversity is to stand and not to give-in. Instead of retaliating, we are called to intercede. The vocal opposition against your faith might be an opportunity for you to share the love of God. We are called upon to grow deeper in our relationship with God and should not be superficial and be contented with status quo. We are not to give-in to harboring resentment and bitterness towards those we are trying to minister with the word of God. Our strength and our hope lie in the One we have in our life. “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Trust in the One who has already declared victory.
Noel De Guzman