Paul’s conclusion takes the Ephesians to the battlefield, reminding them of the reality of their enemy. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil”(Eph 6:10-11). Like soldiers, we need the proper equipment because we are going to be fighting. The good news is that the Lord has supplied the strength and the armor we will need. The bad news is that we have an enemy who has carefully planned “schemes” to take us down. The implication is that he has a particular battle plan engineered to attack me specifically.
He explains further: “For 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”(Eph 6:12). The thrust of Paul’s point is that we are facing enemies far greater than we are. There are dark forces at work in the world and their sights are set on the people of God. We need help. While other people may be the face of temptation or the instrument of misinformation, Satan is behind it.
This leaves me with a question: What is Satan’s plan for me? What areas is he trying to attack? What people will he use? What arguments—what temptations—what times of weakness? And—much more importantly—what do I have from Jesus to combat these attacks? How will I resist?
------------- One Thing to Think About: If I were Satan, how would I attack our congregation?
One Thing to Pray For: Awareness of the great battle going on in and around me every day