For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds.
2 Corinthians 10:2-3
I don’t like fighting. I prefer to live a nice quiet bucolic life. Gardening. Having tea. Eating well and often. Giving away gifts.
More Hobbit than Dwarf.
But in this world, as in Middle Earth, if you don’t go to the fight…the fight will come to you. And it would be advantageous to find that “there is more to this Hobbit than meets the eye.”
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.
With each new birth into spiritual new life, a warrior is born. We are thrust immediately into battle “therefore”, we must be fully armed. I do not consider myself warrior material, and it was hard for me to grasp how to transform into a fighter until I researched this section piece by piece. This armor that I must don, it is God’s own. It comes from His personal arsenal. Isaiah describes the arms in beautiful detail in Isaiah 59:17. Immediately before the description, Isaiah writes out the Lord’s motivation in verses 15 and 16. The Lord was displeased that there was no justice, and no person bringing justice, so He put on His battle garb to judicate fair treatment; by His own righteousness He cared for the weak. Paul tells us to take up this kind of fighting, and he also writes how to do it. I had to look at the Greek to see it, but in the words “you may be able” is the dynamic word “dunamai”…powered. Paul writes it in the passive voice, as something that is done to me. And there is my Aha! moment. I receive the armor AND the motivation AND the power from God. “For it is God who works (energizes) in you to will and to act (energized) in order to fulfill HIS GOOD PURPOSE” Philippians 2:13.
What does it look like to be dressed by God, in His armor, and filled with His energy?
It looks like…
Being ready with the truth. The Truth that set me free is The Truth will set others free.
Having put on the judicial approval of God. Righteousness both in standing and state…imputed and imparted.
Feet fitted with the proclamation of the good news of victory that brings wholeness.
A firm footing that is steadied by the gospel so that I can take a stand against Satan.
Faith strong enough to receive blows, and to put out the scud missile attacks of evil.
The assurance of salvation…past, present, and future…that protects me from head attacks.
This is what it looks like to take a stand.
To transform from the reluctant warrior on someone else’s quest… into a more-than-a-conqueror with an indwelling pursuit…takes an equipping work of a Victorious Lord.
Be strong in the Lord.
In the power of His might.
 Tolkien, J.R.R., The Hobbit or There And Back Again. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. Print.