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From Walking to Standing {The Walking Series – Part 4}

January 30, 2015 by

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I hope that you have been able to read the first 3 installments of this series. If not, you can find Part 1 here, Part 2 here, and Part 3 here.

We have been discussing themes such as walking worthy of our calling, how a new life demands a new lifestyle, and Biblical traits such as unity, love, wisdom, and godly submission.

As we conclude this series with Ephesians Chapter 6, we move from an action of walking to that of standing. (To read Ephesians Chapter 6 in its entirety, click here.)

I almost ended this series with the conclusion of Ephesians Chapter 5 because Chapter 6 doesn’t even use the word walk. Instead, the message is that of standing. I think this is important because how we stand in Christ will affect how we walk in Christ. Allow me to explain…

Verse 10 encourages us:

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

Earlier, we discussed the idea that we are to work and to walk, but that ultimately, it is God who works in us. (Phil. 1:6 & 2:13)

Here, we are told to be strong, but the words “in the Lord and in the power of His might” remind us that we are strong because of His power and might, not our own.

In verse 11, we are told to:

“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Earlier, we discussed behaviors and attitudes that we are to “put off” and others that we are to “put on”. Here we are reminded to put on the whole armor of God in order that we may stand.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” ~Ephesians 6:12

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” ~1 Peter 5:8

Verses 13-18 continue with the command to take up the “whole armor of God” that we may withstand evil. We must gird ourselves with truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and the shield of faith “with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one”.

We learn in verse 17 that the sword of the Spirit is the Word of God.

This brings to mind Satan temping Jesus in the wilderness. Matthew 4 records that each time Satan tempted Jesus, Jesus answered with “It is written…” Verse 11 records, “Then the Devil left Him”.

All Jesus had to do was say the word and a legion of angels would have come to His rescue.  He could have chosen to use an earthly weapon upon His adversary, but instead He chose to use the sword of the Spirit: the word of God.

It is written…

It would behoove each of us to know what is written.  Only then can we walk in Christ.

Only then can we stand firm.

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We are also asked to pray.

“praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints” ~Ephesians 6:18

Paul beseeches us to pray for him that he may speak boldly. I would challenge us to pray for one another that we may speak boldly, that we may stand, and that we may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

Dear Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word and the truth it contains. Thank You that Your Word is living and breathing, and sharper than any two-edged sword. Oh, that we would hunger and thirst for it that we might know what is written. Help us, Lord, by Your power and Your strength to stand and to walk in Your ways that You might be glorified in all that we say and do. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.

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4 Responses to From Walking to Standing {The Walking Series – Part 4}

  1. Rick

    A great wrap up to a great mini series. The term standing reminds me of taking a defensive posture. Putting on God’s armor to stand against the evil one makes me picture a warrior in all his fighting gear, fully alert, ready to defend the attack. Would we feel as confident standing there without our sword? Without our shield? Or without our helmet? May we take up His armor daily and pray for His power to stand firm, even in red tennies.Thank you Heather

    • Heather

      Thank you for reading and for your continued encouragement, Daddy! The Christian life is a blend of both standing firm in a defensive posture and walking towards other in love and service. Thankfully, we walk with Him who is able. Blessings.

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