Stand Firm / Day 4

BIBLE READING

Ephesians 6: 10-17

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round 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.

Isaiah 61: 10

I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

Galatians 3: 27

.....all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.

 REFLECTION

At fashion shows and huge award ceremonies like the Oscars, as the stars walk the red carpet, reporters always ask the same question: “Who are you wearing?” Not, “what are you wearing?”, but “who are you wearing?”. They want to know who designed the dress or the suit that the particular person has chosen to wear that evening. The star typically responds with the name of a designer like Armani or Versace. 

That’s the question I want us to think about today: Who are you wearing?

Often when we come to describing the armour of God listed by the apostle Paul here in Ephesians 6, we go into elaborate and fanciful detail about the pieces of clothing that Roman soldiers of the first century were attired in and we link each piece with some attribute of the Christian life. That’s probably overcomplicating things a little. The whole book of Ephesians has been about the benefits and blessings we receive as those who are “in Christ”, a term Paul uses constantly in his letter. As those in union with Jesus, all that He is and has becomes immediately available to us. Therefore to “put on the full armour of God” is simply another way of saying - recognise and utilise your identity and authority as one who is clothed in Christ.

Romans 13:14 it tells us to, “…clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…” You have a royal wardrobe if you are dressed in Jesus the King. You are attired from head to toe in the character and nature of Jesus.

Jesus is Truth, the filter and reference point of all I see and hear, and he has spoken over my destiny with priceless promises.

He is my Righteousness who has cleansed me from every sin and stain, so that I may stand spotless and perfect before my King.

He is my Peace who comforts me with the assurance of His sovereignty, wisdom, and love.

His Faith is in me, shielding me from fear, doubt, and despair.

He is also my past, present, and future Salvation who already saved me from guilt and condemnation. He will save me today from every opposition I might face and will one day complete that salvation when all things are restored and I am resurrected.

He is the victorious Word with power to win every battle and cut through every lie.

Paul elsewhere puts it like this, “You are all children of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.” (Galatians 3:26-27)

Every adversity or adversary we face, we do so as one who is completely covered in the wardrobe of Heaven and endued with enough power to raise the dead. Our starting position in every battle is victory, our posture under pressure is peace, our resistance comes from a place of rest. That’s why we don’t need to run towards the battle or go looking for dark powers. As Paul says clearly, all we have to do is “stand”. Firmly place your feet in the promises, character, nature, goodness and power of Jesus and don’t budge from there. It is already finished. The outcome has already been determined. Whatever you are facing today, take hold of the instruction Moses gave the people of Israel in Exodus 14: 13:

"Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today.”