Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.– Eph 6:11
Continuously and consciously clothe yourself with truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith,salvation and God’s word so that you can daily stand firm against the devil’s schemes.
The truth that there is a creator grounds our work, and our lives into a reality that is larger than ourselves. The truth of sin, provides an explanation for things that we perceive that are not right in our workplace. The truth of redemption provides us with hope. We are able to stand righteous before a holy righteous God, with our sins forgiven through faith in the death and resurrection of our Lord. God’s righteousness protects our hearts from the evil that is around us. The Gospel is not only good news for tomorrow, but the anchor that provides us peace in the storms of life. When our faith rests firmly on the bedrock foundation of the completed work of Christ, every flaming dart of fear, of doubt, of temptation that we are surrounded with in the workplace is extinguished. God’s free gift of salvation protects the talents, skills,wisdom, knowledge and understanding God has blessed us with to only be used as instruments of righteousness. Finally the word of the Lord, the sword of the Spirit enables us to be strong in the Lord and his mighty power, and to resist the devil’s temptations that we face at work.
Truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith and salvation, are offensive weapons to protect you against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly realms. They are not defensive weapons to be used against your colleagues. There is only one defensive weapon, the sword of the Spirit and it is to be used to resist the devil’s temptations.
Father, we put the belt of truth round our waist. Help us to rest in the truth of who you are, and who we are in your sight. Guard our hearts with your breastplate of righteousness. Through the power of your gospel, may we be instruments of peace in every encounter with other people. Lord, we know we can’t do this on our own strength, and so we take the shield of faith, trusting you to extinguish all the flaming arrows that Satan and people throw at us. Thank you for the gift of salvation. Amen
Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.