March 25 – LD 12, Day 7: Doing Battle as Kings
Monday the 25th of March
in Heidelberg Catechism Meditations
Ephesians 6:11,12 “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
God has placed you as His soldier in the midst of a fierce battle. This battle, for the most part, is against ourselves, against our own sinful nature. The fight that is within is that which requires the most effort. Knowing our own weakness and the strength of the devil, we would despair if it were not for the union we have with Christ. “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” (Philippians 4:13) We go into this battle knowing that the end result is decided. Jesus Christ has crushed the head of the devil, and He has sealed the victory. We may lose individual battles, but the war has been won by Jesus Christ.
As members of the militant church on earth, we take on the full armor of God, knowing and confessing that our strength in battle is not our own, but from God. Christ has taken us to be His kings, ruling on His behalf with glory and power. As we do battle against our own nature, against the wickedness in the world, and against the devil, we long more and more for the glorious reign that will take place in glory. We will reign with Him eternally! In the midst of the daily fights and discouragements, keep in mind what a glorious future God has given to you and me by grace.