Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. –Ephesians 6:10-13
Paul’s words to the Ephesians—and to all of us—read as a mighty battle cry. We are fighting spiritual battles! Be strong in the Lord! At the same time, though, I have always found them a bit intimidating. It feels like he is talking about Big Important Battles, like government coups and religious persecution. How does this relate to my everyday life?