There is going to be trouble! There is going to be conflict! There is going to be a battle! Will you be ready? Can you withstand it? Do you have the right tools? Do you have the right equipment to withstand it?
Today’s reading speaks to being prepared and active. It speaks to offensive and defensive tools. Let’s be ready so that we can withstand it!
The Whole Armor of God10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,–from Ephesians 6
We know that in this world we will have troubles and we also know that we don’t have to worry about it because Jesus has already overcome the world! We know that we are to consider it pure joy when we face trials of any kind! So to do all this we need to be strong in the Lord! We need to be putting God at the center of our lives! The best way for us be prepared and to do this is to put on the full armor of God! This isn’t a battle with people, but a spiritual battle! Don’t give up! Don’t give in! After standing up against the attack, keep standing! Withstand it! First things first, let’s put on the belt to guard our waist and hold up the tools necessary…let’s allow everything hang on the truth, the belt of truth! Next, let’s protect the heart with the breastplate of righteousness! Let’s protect our feet that allow us to stand firm and go deliver the incredible message of hope by putting on the shoes so that we can share the gospel of peace! Let’s protect ourselves from the fiery darts of the devil of his lies and deception through every circumstance by holding onto the shield of faith! Let’s protect our heads by putting on the helmet of salvation, remembering everything that Jesus has already done in order to have already won the victory! And last but not least, the only offensive weapon we have, God’s Word, the sword of the Spirit to battle the lies with truth! Let’s pray! Let’s pray for what today is going to include! Let’s pray for others around us who are having their own battles! Let’s pray for wisdom and discernment in how to respond and react to what will come our way today! Let’s pray that the others will also put on the full armor of God! Let’s pray without ceasing! Going into a tough meeting? Pray before! Pray during! Pray after! Going into a tough conversation? Pray before! Pray during! Pray after! Finding yourself in the midst of a tough conversation? Pray! Pray during! Pray after! Pray without ceasing so that you are in sync with God and allow Him to speak into every situation to help you from losing it!
It’s a new day! So let’s go out there prepared! Let’s not be caught short, but prepared with everything we need!
Today’s devotional (Conflict At Work day 5)also uses this scripture for its teaching and it goes like this…
Be Spiritually Grounded
The book of Ephesians reminds us that “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.” In other words, we live in a fallen world, and there are factors beyond our control that contribute to the difficulties we face at work. We shouldn’t expect even the best workplace to be perfect. But we should expect the Spirit of God to be with us all the time.
In response to workplace struggles, Ephesians tells us to put on truth, righteousness, peace and faith. We are to remind ourselves of our salvation and gird ourselves with the word of God. We are to “pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers and requests.”
This means that we can always trust God to take care of us, so that we don’t need to be tempted to engage in unethical behavior, slander and anger. The powers of evil may indeed threaten, oppress or even cause us harm at work. But we don’t need to resort to dirty deeds to defend ourselves. Truth, right relationships, honest conflict resolution and faithfulness are the best ways for us, whether we are in good situations or bad. These are things we should request the Holy Spirit to give us.
This approach may not deliver overnight results. However, over time, we may find that we have more patience, fortitude, hope and love than we thought possible. And we know that Christ is victorious over every power of darkness and evil in the end.
Watch this short video about our role in the world as image bearers of God.
Dear Lord, I need your help when I experience darkness and evil at work. Help me to put on the armor of righteousness, peace, truth, faith, your Word and the joy of your salvation. Help me rely on your Spirit daily. I pray for the people who make my work difficult. Please bless them. I confess my own reluctance to love, and I admit that sometimes I’m the one who is difficult to work with. I pray for the ability to submit to you, knowing that you care for me. Amen.
–from Conflict At Work day 5