Walk This Way - In Power

Matt Graves
This past Sunday, continuing the Walk This Way series, Andrew tackled the topic of walking in power. He spent some time digging into what it means to put on the armor of God. I want to expand on that a little and look at the importance of being strong in strength of His might. We have an adversary, the devil, who is working through his rulers and powers and forces of darkness and forces of wickedness to try and wreck havoc in our lives. I loved the analogy Andrew used of the trick play in a football game. The reason trick plays work is because they catch you off guard, and you’re not expecting them. Our enemy wants to do just that, to catch us by surprise and find a way to destroy our lives. We are called to not be ignorant to his schemes. We should be alert and aware of the battle we find ourselves in. But we also need to know that we have been given everything we need to stand firm in that battle.
Three different times in Ephesians 6:10-17, the apostle Paul instructs us to “stand firm”. This instruction is to stand firm against the schemes of the devil so that we will be able to resist in this evil day and so that we will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one. Andrew made a great point in how vital it is that we understand whose armor it is! That’s why it’s “the armor of God”. He is the one who equips us, and He is the one who sees it through. But we are called to be a participant in “putting on” the armor. See, we can go about our lives and never crack open the Word of God. If you have your faith in Jesus, you’re secure in your salvation. But without “GIRDING YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH,” you’ll be tossed to and fro by every wind and wave of false doctrine and lies.

--- We have been given everything we need to stand firm in that battle ---

One of our elders, Bob Murray, always says, “The enemy attacks you at your point of belief.” What do you believe God for regarding truth? And what do you believe God for regarding your ground to stand on? Do you know the truth of Eph 1:18-23? Do you know that Jesus was seated high above all rule and authority and that God put all things in subjection to Christ, and that He gave Jesus as head over all things to the church! That’s you and me! We have that power. Which means those evil forces have no authority over you other than what you relinquish to them. Now, if you don’t know that you’ve been given authority over the enemy, you’ll likely give up your authority out of ignorance. But that is why the apostle Paul prays in Eph 1:17-18, “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. And that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the Saints.”
The core passage of this series is Colossians 2:6-7. Verse seven instructs us to be rooted and built up IN HIM. When you grow in wisdom and knowledge of Jesus, and you are rooted and built up IN HIM, then are you are able to stand firm against whatever trickery and schemes the enemy tries to throw your way.
Love people in a way that makes them curious about Jesus.

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