Putting On The Whole Armor: Standing In The Day Of Evil Ephesians 6:10-17 -- By: Thomas A. Howe
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Putting On The Whole Armor:
Standing In The Day Of Evil Ephesians 6:10-17
Recently someone sent me the following snippet:
A lady walked into her pastor’s office and announced, “I’m leaving my husband to live with my lover.”
The pastor calmly asked what led her to that decision.
The woman confidently proclaimed, “Ephesians 4:24 says we are supposed to ‘put on the new man.’”
The reason you laugh at this snippet is because it is obvious that her interpretation was wrong because it is contrary to what we know to be true about God. He would never advise someone to do such a thing. It is obviously very important to know what God’s Word actually says and means. It is not enough just to know what it does not say. For example, consider God’s words to Joshua:
Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole
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of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon, even as far as the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and as far as the Great Sea toward the setting of the sun will be your territory. No man will be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous, for you shall give this people possession of the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous; be careful to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, so that you may have success wherever you go. This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Josh. 1:2– 9).
It is important to notice that the success of Joshua was predicated on his being strong and very courageous and by being careful to do all that was commanded by Moses. As long as Joshua did not turn to the right or to the left, he would have good success, and every place on which the sole of his foot would tread, he would possess that land. Verse 3 says, “I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses...
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