Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might.Eph. 6:10
by John MacArthur, Drawing Near: Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith
Key Principle: You can be victorious!
This month we’ve learned many things about spiritual warfare that I pray will better equip you for victory in your Christian life. In concluding our brief study of Ephesians 6:10-18, here are some key principles I want you to remember: Remember that Satan is a defeated foe. Jesus came to destroy the Devil’s works (1 John 3:8) and will someday cast him into eternal Hell (Rev. 20:10). Remember the power of Christ in your life. John said, “Greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). The same power that defeated Satan indwells you. Consequently, you are never alone or without divine resources. Remember to resist Satan. You have the power to resist him; so don’t acquiesce to him by being ignorant of his schemes or by deliberately exposing yourself to temptation.
Keep your spiritual armor on at all times. It’s foolish to enter combat without proper protection. Let Christ control your attitudes and actions. The spiritual battle we’re in calls for spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:3-4); so take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (v. 5). Feed on the Word, and obey its principles. Pray, pray, pray! Prayer unleashes the Spirit’s power. Be a person of fervent and faithful prayer (cf. James 5:16).
God never intended for you to live in spiritual defeat. I pray you’ll take advantage of the resources He has supplied, so your life will honor Him. Enjoy sweet victory every day!
Suggestions for Prayer: Thank God for His promise of ultimate victory in Christ.
For Further Study: Read Ephesians 6:10-18. Review each piece of armor. Is any piece missing from your personal defense system? If so, determine what you will do to correct the deficiency.