Don’t Leave Anything Out (Ephesians 5-6)

13 Therefore 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. Ephesians 6:13

Years ago Sherry and I purchased our first propane grill. We were so excited about our purchase. We saved 20 dollars by purchasing the grill unassembled. I can remember thinking it will be a piece of cake to assemble the grill. I worked for what seemed like hours. Finally I was finished. I proudly hooked up the grill, but it would not ignite. What was the reason? I had left out on key part that was required.

All my efforts were wasted because I had not followed the instructions. Brothers and sisters, these are critical days in our world. You and I cannot afford to leave out anything God directs us to do.

In the book of Ephesians Paul writes about the glorious grace of God which saves us. In chapters 4-6 Paul focused on the implications of grace in the Christian’s life. Grace is crucial to our success in both our relationships as well as our personal walk with God.

As Paul brings his epistle to a close he writes, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might,” 6:10.

Grace leads us to a secure position if we follow God’s directions as He calls us to do. Grace leads us to a strong position to engage the world with the everlasting gospel. However, if we leave anything out that God tells us we will be overcome by the forces of the enemy (6:10-13).

I want you to get this. It is possible to be in the Word of God every day, be praying every day, and to be sharing your faith every day and still be defeated by the enemy.

One must ask, how can this be? Paul’s answer is, you left out part of the Armor of God.

Let me suggest to you the following ways to ensure you do not fail to put on the full Armor of God:

  1. Memorize the Armor of God.
  2. Pray through the Armor of God at least once a week.
  3. Mentally walk through the process of the implications of putting on the Armor of God.

Allow me to illustrate the third suggestion. Each morning I put on the belt of truth as I read God’s Word. Each day I do battle with the enemy who offers lies to me. I test everything against God’s Word. Even this morning I prayed that God would reveal truth and remove untruth from my life. When this happens, I will not be tripped up by the enemy.

4. Approach your battles with the mindset of a victor and not a victim.

This day and every day is truly a day of battle. Victory will be yours in Christ as you stay close to Him and as you strengthen yourself by putting on His Armor!!!

One Response to “Don’t Leave Anything Out (Ephesians 5-6)”

  1. Askew, David B CIV USARMY FCOE (USA) Says:

    CLASSIFICATION: UNCLASSIFIED

    Bro. Keith,

    What great words this morning!

    A good Soldier knows the battle looms and the enemy can strike at the most inopportune time. It is critical to have on the whole armor of God before the enemy strikes. Trying to find, put on, lace up, and secure your protective gear in the midst of battle is terrifying and the enemy will hone in on the un-protected area whether it be your helmet (of salvation), belt (of truth), breastplate (of righteousness), boots (preparation of the gospel), or shield (of faith)!

    Thanks again for sending these truths out everyday and reaching, teaching, and encouraging the sheep of His flock!

    Bro. Dave

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