I recently made a trip to Bali for a vacation. During the trip, my friends and I visited many beaches. But one of the beaches we went to left a great impact on me. At that beach, the waves looked relatively big but looked quite harmless as they crashed into the shore. I was all ready to go into the sea for a swim and took a few steps into the water till it reached my knees. I bent down to wet my body a little before going further into the sea.
But lo and behold, a huge wave came at this point! As the wave hit me, I lost my balance and was literally tossed into the waves! That wave was so strong that it caused me to flip backwards twice. Before I could catch a quick breath, the next round of waves came and hit me again! At that moment, a Bible verse from James 1:6 came to my mind. It says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.” And the next thing that occurred in my mind was to stand. I told myself, “Quick, stand up and stand strong!” Thankfully I managed to stand firm in time before the next wave came.
While this incident wasn’t life-threatening, it left a great impact on me. Even as I left the beach that day, the image of me being tossed in the waves and quickly standing up in a firm position kept lingering in my mind. In the same night, I was studying the book of Ephesians. Two verses caught my attention:
Ephesians 6:11 & 13 (NKJV)
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
13 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.
Apostle Paul commanded us as believers to put on the armor of God, so that we may be able to STAND against the devil. The word “stand” here means to resist. Back at the beach in Bali, in order to avoid being tossed the third time in the waves, I had to stand. Standing alone is not enough. I needed to stand firm!
Doubting will result in us being tossed around. Trust me, being tossed in the waves and being flipped twice made me feel really helpless. Likewise, when we doubt, give in to the lies of the enemy, or slip into temptation, it will cause us to feel helpless. It may result in a continuous destructive cycle. But praise God He teaches us through His Word in James 4: 7 (NKJV), “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Isn’t that good news?! As we put on the armor of God and stand firm, we are in the position of being able to resist the devil. When we do so, the devil will flee from us! Hallelujah! Standing firm includes abiding in and following the Word of God. It means to be unshakable and immovable by the lies and deception of the enemy, because our trust and faith are so firmly rooted in God.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word. No longer will I have any ounce of doubt in You and Your Word. Instead, I wholly trust You and place my faith in You. When I am faced with the enemy of lies, deception or temptation, I commit to resist all of them by Your strength. I stand strong and firm in You. Thank You, Father. I pray all these in Jesus’ Name, AMEN!
Further study: Ephesians 6:10-20