“Therefore put on the full armor 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.” Ephesians 6:13
We hear the term “stand your ground” used from time to time today. Basically standing your ground means not backing down in the face of controversy. In today’s scripture we read those same words used to encourage and instruct God’s people when dealing with evil that comes into our lives.
The verses, just after this one (Ephesians 6:14-18), describe how Christians should prepare for the battles that will be encountered. We must protect ourselves by being wrapped in God’s truth and righteousness. We must be always ready to let His peace shine through our lives and be faithful to the Lord. We must have His salvation and His Word in our hearts and heads, and lastly, we must PRAY.
It is interesting that verse 13 concludes with a reminder that when we have done all of this, we are to just stand. Standing alone sometimes takes a lot of courage, but with God as our support we will not fail. He doesn’t ask us to fight alone, He is always with us. He doesn’t ask us to do more than we are capable of, He will fight for us. God only asks that we show up, that we try and that we trust in His power.
Isn’t it wonderful to know that God has our backs when we stand our ground for Him.
Thanks be to our Almighty God!