Spiritual Battle: Standing Firm – Conclusion
What can we learn from this passage and how does it affect us when we leave here this morning?
There are some key points to remember:
- We are engaged in a spiritual battle but we are not left to fend for ourselves.
- God has won the battle and has defeated Satan.
- In doing that he has given us the most wonderful gift of eternal life with him.
- One day we will go to be with Him and all pain and suffering, striving and battling will be over.
- In the meantime we are called to be faithful and obedient by wearing our armour, and building God’s Kingdom here on earth.
- God is all powerful and we can rely on His strength and not our own effort, but we also need to be active participants in his army.
- We are not in Isolation but part of the family of God and a body of believers.
- We need all the pieces of the armour and we cannot neglect any one.
- In addition we need to use the power of prayer in the Holy Spirit. We cannot survive the battle without constant communication with God. Without this our armour is useless.
In the situation Paul faces, he gives us the perfect example of this spiritual battle in action. He is in prison for his faith and yet he stands firm with God’s strength, displaying his spiritual armour in his words and actions.
Let us try to follow his example and stand fast in the battle. At the end of my life I want to say, like Paul:
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith”
(2 Timothy 4:7).