There is nothing worse than being unprepared; especially when you know better. A soldier wouldn’t think of going into battle without weapons and a strategic plan for victory. An Olympian would never think of competing without giving him/herself to training in their specialized field to guarantee a win. A successful salesman wouldn’t think of pitching his product without knowing everything about it in order to close the deal. So, why would we, as Christians, leave things to chance when it comes to being prepared to stand and resist the evil one? Paul writes,
“A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 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. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm” (Ephesians 6:10-13, (NLT).
Preparation defined means to put in proper condition or readiness. We cannot, as Christians, casually prepare and expect that we will be ready when the time comes to fight against evil. We must actively develop our spiritual walk in Christ by doing what God tells us to do to prepare! Jesus said, the thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. That’s his job and if you have allowed yourself to be unprepared, your risk of losing your very life and the life of those you love is in jeopardy.
As Jesus cautioned us we must build our lives on a good foundation. Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV), “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” A failure to prepare will yield undesired results.
So how do we prepare to stand firm against the strategies of the evil one? We purposely put on the armor of God! Ephesians 6:14-18a (NIV), “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
Next week we will take a look at the armor God uses Paul to tell us about. I hope you will join me for part two of Preparation to Resist Evil.