Focal passage: Ephesians 6:10-20
Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, and one of the many reasons is football season. In the game of football, the coach gives you all the equipment you need to both protect yourself and be capable of going on the attack.
Ephesians 6:10-20 says Christians are given a helmet, shield, belt of truth and sword of the Spirit.
Like a good coach, God has given us everything we need for the battle we face.
I am a middle school football chaplain, and I noticed before the first game there were players who were scared. I asked them why, since they had been given everything they need. The same is true for believers. God equips us for the spiritual battles we face.
There are a few things we need to know when it comes to this battle. First, it is a spiritual battle: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood … but against the spiritual forces of evil” (Ephesians 6:12). We fight spiritual forces, not humans.
The second thing we need to know is God equips us and protects us completely.
“In all circumstances,” Paul said in verse 16, God has given us what we need to overcome the temptations of evil powers in this world. In the Spirit, we lack nothing to protect us from sin and spiritual death.
Third, equipped by God, we can act in boldness and confidence. Paul, who is in chains, said, “… be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.” He calls these saints to act with boldness, as he demonstrates. We too should act with boldness, opening our mouths “boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel,” because we know God is always with us.
And unlike the middle school football team about to take the field, we know who wins.