Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power – Eph 6:10
As Christians, some of the challenges we face in the workplace are of our own doing—consequences of our actions and attitudes.That’s why Paul warns us to live in such a way that nobody can find fault in what we do. Some of the other challenges we face in the workplace are part of living and working in a fallen world. Storms, sickness, weeds, broken down machinery, computers that crash, death, decay, and rot are all part of God’s curse on this planet.
Yet other challenges in life and work are spiritual in nature. Sometimes it’s obvious when Satan is scheming against you like when he appeared to tempt Jesus. Other times, you may be completely unaware that a battle is raging in Heaven over your soul and prayers, like when Daniel prayed and the angel sent to Daniel was resisted for twenty-one days (Daniel 10:12–14).
Although you have to be careful not to see a demon in every shadow, you do have to be aware of the fact that even at work,the devil will try to trick you or drag you down emotionally. The armor of God is something you need to continuously and consciously clothe yourself in so that you can daily stand firm against the devil’s schemes. For you fight against the powers of this world’s darkness and against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
Just like it takes time and practice for a soldier to learn the proper way to hold a shield, or use a sword, it also takes time and practice to wear and use your spiritual armor effectively. As you start your day, pause in prayer to put on the whole armor of God.
Father, we thank you that you have provided us with your armor so that we can stand strong in you and in your mighty power against the devil’s schemes. Help us to look beyond our situations and focus on your love for us. Thank you for the Bible; speak to us today through your word so that we may be able to stand firm in this day of evil. 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.