“Therefore take up the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)
Ephesians 6 speaks explicitly about “fighting life’s fight.” It pictures conflict, weaponry, strategy and concludes with a five-word encouragement to hang on in there.
“Having done all, to stand.”
There’s a moment in Psalm 78:9 which gives an alternative scenario: “The people of Ephraim, though fully armed, turned their backs and fled when the day of battle came.” (Psalm 78:9)
You may have all the equipment –the full armour– but when the “day of battle” comes (and, believe me, it always comes), it all comes down to whether or not you stand.
And ultimately, that’s the most important thing.
Tobias Wolff wrote, “We are made to persist. that’s how we find out who we are.”
So who are we? Why, we are sons and daughters of the living God! We are more than conquerors through Him who has loved us! The very gates of hell cannot withstand us. Greater is He that is in us than he that’s is in the world…
These words are not cheerleading tactics to make us feel better. They represent the sober truth of the Word of God. If the Bible declares it, then I receive it, and I can do it.
“Fight ever on: this earthly stuff
If used God’s way will be enough.
Face to the firing line o friend
Fight out life’s battle to the end.
One soldier, when the fight was red,
Threw down his broken sword and fled.
Another snatched it, won the day,
With what his comrade flung away.”
― Edwin Markham
I’ve always remembered a particular scene from the baseball movie, The Natural. As the character Roy Hobbs struggles on the field in a critical game, the lady in white played by Glenn Close simply stands up from her seat. He doesn’t even know she is at the game but somehow there is a powerful effect and he begins to look up to the stands to see what has happened to make things different. Her standing turned the tide for him.
Don’t underestimate your power when you simply stand. It means you are not giving up and you won’t run away or surrender the fight.
You may have no weapons left but you are not going to leave the field. Have you done ALL? Then STAND.
With arms high and heart abandoned
In awe of the one who gave it all
My soul Lord to you surrendered
All I am is yours