Make a Stand

Ephesians 6:10 Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.

The church is under attack today as never before. It’s under attack all around the world. Christians are summarily mocked, marginalized and dismissed as lunatics in the west. While our brothers and sisters are martyred in Muslim and Communists countries. It is enough to discourage even the strongest Christian.

So, I have good news for you: We win in the end. We may lose a battle from time to time, but we win the war. Jesus said of His church, “The gates of Hades shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). The gates of a city were where the elders and leaders met to draw up their battle plan. Jesus says the strategies of Satan will never overcome the church. The gospel, and the kingdom of God will win.

To be clear I’m not talking about a militant Christianity where we force conversion. In fact this passage says we are to ‘stand firm’, not attack. We aren’t called to attack. We are called to stand firm in what we know and Who we know. As we put in the armor of God we will be able to stand firm and lovingly persuade others to turn from their sin, trust in Christ, and be forgiven.

In some ways the church today is like a sleeping giant. The devil has a battle plan. He has declared war on God’s kingdom. He has declared war on the church, and it seems as though the church is collectively taking a nap. It’s time for us to wake up, put on the armor of God. It’s time for us to stand firm.

 

David Ball
Pastor