Soldiers aren’t surprised when they have to engage in warfare. But I sense that sometimes we’re shocked when we hit difficult times. We think we’ve found the secret of happiness but we’ve also found a life in which we need to wear the armour every day!
The Armour of God
It’s no good saying to someone, ‘I’m praying that you might be strengthened.’ We’re saying, ‘You’ve got to be strengthened!’ It’s not just a theory; it’s got to be practised – you’ve got to learn how to do it, how to live in the strength that God provides.
The book of Ephesians wasn’t written in the context of academic research but against the backdrop of hostility, conflict and battle. Paul wrote from prison, not as an academic, but a warrior.