Embrace the Word ~ April 2024: A Bold Defense: Equipped With The Armor of God Week 2

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We are already done with Week One of our Embrace the Word study, “A Bold Defense: Equipped with the Armor of God.” The week has flown by! However, it was a full week as we examined Paul’s admonishment to the Church at Ephesus to “put on the whole armor of God.” 

This is a very familiar concept in scripture. We can still glean so much truth from studying Ephesians 6:10-18. The truth is, we need to visit and revisit these scriptures often because the enemy is shrewd and always seeks to oppose God and His people. 

In last week’s study, we looked at the battles we face against the unseen forces of darkness led by the enemy, Satan himself. It is so important for us to remain vigilant, prepared, alert, and equipped for battle. God has given us spiritual weaponry, the Armor of God. With this armor, we can stand and withstand the enemy’s attacks. 

We can STAND against the enemy’s attacks.

The word stand has many meanings. I won’t go through all of them, but I want to look at stand in its verb form as it relates to our battle posture. 

As a verb without an object, stand means to remain firm or steadfast; to be in an upright position on the feet.” As a verb with an object, stand means to face or encounter; to endure or undergo without harm or damage or without giving way. 

When we put on the armor of God, we can remain firm when the enemy attacks. No matter what we encounter, we can stand without harm and without giving way to the enemy. 

We can WITHSTAND the enemy’s attacks.

Withstand means “to stand or successfully hold out against; resist or oppose.” 

In Greek, withstand is anthistemi, which is where we get the word ANTIHISTAMINE. Antihistamines help alleviate allergy symptoms by blocking or counteracting the effects of histamines. 

Anti-against

Histemi-to cause to stand. 

We are not merely resisting passively; instead, we are actively and courageously withstanding the adversary, facing them directly. Like antihistamines block histamines, we are called to stand firm amid challenges, utilizing our spiritual armor and the authority we have in Christ in the battle against evil.

We can win against evil when we “put on” the whole armor of God. God has given us what we need; now, we must utilize the armor defensively (and offensively) to defeat the enemy in spiritual warfare. 

This week, we will begin to examine each part of the armor to learn how to “put on” and use them skillfully and effectively. We will start with the Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, and the Shoes of Peace. 

Remember, you can engage with our study in many ways: Follow the 30 ETW “Bold Defense” reading/writing plan, download the FREE Devotional Guide, or like and follow Sparrow’s Song on ​Facebook​ or ​Instagram​ for additional content. You could do all three! 

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing so that by the power of the Holy Spirit, you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13

Your friend in the journey, 

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