Spiritual warfare is not something we western evangelical Christians want to think about too much. We are certainly more sophisticated than to think that the devil is actually alive and active and attacking us!
As Sue points out in our video for
this lesson, that's one of the errors we can fall into – ignoring
the devil all together. The other error is to be obsessed with his
existence. What is the right attitude to have, according to Paul?
We do need to recognize that the
devil exists and is at work today, but also realize that he is not
nearly as powerful as our Father. Paul gives us a definite battle
plan for dealing with the devil at the end of Ephesians. We are to
put on the armor of Christ. What does that really mean? Do I
literally go through the actions of putting on the various pieces of
armor before I leave the house in the morning or is it something
deeper than that?
We have learned what it means to
sit with Christ and to walk with Him daily. That means
we know who we are in Christ and we remain in daily relationship with
Him. Those actions are essential to being able to stand
against the devil.
Sue has an insight about the armor
that I have not seen before. She looks at Romans 13:12, 14 and
Galatians 3:27 and concludes Jesus is our armor. That means we have
our armor, Jesus, having received Him when we were saved.
does that mean for our day to day spiritual life and warfare? When
the devil comes against us with his lies, for example, we surround
ourselves with the Truth, Jesus. When the devil tries to make us feel
unworthy, we protect ourselves with Righteousness, Jesus.
has given me a whole new understanding of what it means to “put on”
my armor. Now I know to “put on” Christ, that is, surround myself
with Who He is and stand in that truth.
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Edwards is an associate professor of Christian education at
Dallas Theological Seminary. She brings over thirty years of
experience to the classroom as a Bible teacher, curriculum writer,
and overseer of several women's ministries. She is the author or
co-author of several books. She has a D.Min. From Gordon-Conwell
theological Seminary and a master's in Bible from Dallas Theological
Seminary. She and her husband have been married for forty years, have
two married daughters and five grandchildren.
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