Paul begins by instructing us to be “strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”. There is nothing we can bring to bear that will enable us to prevail in this battle in the spiritual realms. It is only in the strength of the Lord’s might that we should enter this battle. Paul goes on to say, “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. “(Ephesians 6:11-13 NIV)
There are two things I would like to point out about this passage. First, putting on the full armor of God is preparation to take your stand in the Spiritual battle. “Take your stand” and “stand your ground” are phrases that describe a defensive posture. When I take my stand or stand my ground, I am refusing to allow the enemy to get past me or overtake me. Every piece of the armor of God that Paul mentions in the following passage, even the sword of the Spirit, is defensive in nature. Second, although virtually every believer is familiar with what Paul says about the full armor of God in Ephesians 6:14-17, most never get to verse 18, which says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests…” (Ephesians 6:18 NIV)
My point here is that we are to prepare for taking our defensive stand in the Spiritual battle by putting on the full armor of God. But we are not just called to stand our ground. Y'shua said that the gates of Hades would not prevail against us, implying that we will storm those gates and break them down. I believe that it is by praying in the spirit that we storm the gates of Hades. The church has been on defense for 2000 years, it is time to go on offense by praying in the Spirit. In my next post I will share an incite I believe the Holy Spirit gave me about the meaning of Ephesians 6: 11-12.