BE STRONG IN THE LORD!
Jesse M. Hendley
In Ephesians 6:10 God's Word says, "Finally, my
brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of
His might. Put on the whole armour of God that ye may
be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For
we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against
principalities, against powers, against the rulers of
the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you
the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about
with truth, and having on the breastplate of
righteousness, your feet shod with the preparation of
the Gospel of peace, above all, taking the shield of
faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the
fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of
salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the
Word of God. Praying always, with all prayer and
supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto
with all perseverance and supplication for all
Then the Apostle says, "And pray for me that utterance
may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly
to make known the mystery of the Gospel, for which I
am an ambassador in bonds, that therein I may speak
boldly as I ought to speak."
The Apostle Paul is telling us that we are in a
terrific conflict. The Christian life is a battle from
beginning to end, a battle against the world, the
flesh and the devil. We are in a desperate conflict!
Notice the word "against" in verse 12. Against,
against, against, against! Four times. He tells us
that we have enemies, that the Christian life is
fought on enemy territory. In Viet Nam today there is
a clear line of demarcation between our forces and the
forces of the enemy. They do not mix and mingle. They
know the enemy, and they fight the enemy. There is a
terrible war going ...
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