Galatians 6:10-17 (KJV)
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The Apostle reminds the Galatians they are to depend upon the Lord for their source of strength. Using the illustration of a Roman solider, Paul identifies the attributes needed to battle against sin. They were to be truthful, righteous, ready to share the gospel and keep their faith in God. Their salvation was their head gear, protecting their thoughts with the words of God.
A soldier would never enter the battle field without preparation to defend self against the attacks of the enemy. A soldier understands they must be prepared for attacks. They watch out for the tricks of the enemy who tries to deceive and lure them into a false confidence. They have to put aside their doubts and face the enemy with confidence that those who stand with them also support them. And while on the defense, no normal soldier who has seen battle wants to associate with death. Instead they hope for peace, for life, and for freedom from oppression. Standing against sin is a similar battle. One must prepare in order to defend. One must keep faith in the Lord knowing He stands firm with them. One must seek peace, desire life for others, and defend what they believe. So be strong in the Lord!!