“Standing Perfect In An Ambush” ( Ephesians 6:10-11, WYC ) by Carley Evans


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Jesus does not promise we are not going to be ambushed by our adversary, who prowls about like a lion actively searching for one to devour. Instead, Jesus offers us “the might of His virtue” and “the armour of God” so we might “stand against the ambushings of the devil.” Paul puts it like this:

“Here afterward, brethren, be ye comforted in the Lord, and in the might of his virtue. Clothe you with the armour of God, that ye be able to stand against the ambushings [the ambushings, or assailings,] of the devil.”

Paul strongly advises:

“13Therefore take ye the armour of God, that ye be able to against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect.

14 Therefore stand ye, and be girded about your loins in soothfastness [Therefore stand ye, girded about your loins in soothfastness], and clothed with the habergeon of rightwiseness,

15 and your feet shod in making ready of the gospel of peace.

16 In all things take ye the shield of faith, in which ye be able to quench all the fiery darts of him that is most wicked.

17 And take ye the helmet of health, and the sword of the Ghost, that is, the word of God.

18 By all prayer and beseeching pray ye all time in Spirit, and in him waking in all busyness, and beseeching for all holy men, [By all prayer and beseeching praying all time in Spirit, and in him waking in all busyness, and beseeching for all saints,]”

Paul says to “stand perfect” “in all things.” Jesus says, “Be perfect as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” How do you stand perfect? You stand perfect “in the might of His virtue” through faith, truth, righteousness, wisdom, the gospel of peace, the Word of God, prayer, and God’s own Holy Spirit indwelling.

“In All Things Stand Perfect” ( Ephesians 6:12-13 WYC ) by Carley Evans


Images abound of the ‘armour of God’ we are to put on and take up —  Paul envisions helmet, breastplate, shield, shin guards, and sword as if we are soldiers standing in battle.

“For why striving is not to us against flesh and blood [For striving, or battle, is not to us against flesh and blood], but against [the] princes and potentates, against governors of the world of these darknesses, against spiritual things of wickedness, in heavenly things. Therefore take ye the armour of God, that ye be able to against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect.”

We are to “against-stand in the evil day; and in all things stand perfect.”

Notice against what we are to stand — not “against flesh and blood.” Rather our battle is against “spiritual things of wickedness, in heavenly things.” And what is “the armour of God” that makes you “able to against-stand in the evil day?”

The most readily available piece of armour we own is the Word — the Word indwelling, the Word written. With the Word of God, we “in all things stand perfect.”

“Renewal Of Your Mind” (Romans 12: 2, ESV) by Carley Evans


Paul says that we are saved by faith. James says faith without works is dead. Together faith and works make up our salvation.

The work we do emerges naturally from the renewing of our minds. If our minds are right, then our works will be right. We must have a correct understanding of God, of who He is, what His plan is, and what small parts we play in this event called the universe.

This is not to say that we have to be smart as smart is understood by the world. Rather, we must know the Word of God. The Word must permeate us completely so that in any situation God will bring to mind the exact verse or parable or person of the scriptures to help us in that situation.

Without the Word embedded, we are vulnerable to the world and to our enemy, who hates us because it hates God.

Renewing your mind with the Word of God is a major portion of your armor against evil — your own and that of other people.

“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.” (Ephesians 6: 16 – 18)