Do you remember the game Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots? One of my favorite games…ever.
So in the game two players take control of two robots…the Red Rocker or the Blue Bomber. Both robots are standing on a platform which looks like a boxing ring. By pushing plunger buttons on joysticks at the base of the platform players make their robot punch their opponent’s robot. The winner is the player who knocks the head off the opposing robot.
So what does this say about me if this is one of my favorite game ever???
Probably shouldn’t try and answer that.
Anyway the game reminds me of Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Be strong in the Lord…
Why would you tell someone to be strong? Because there is a reason they need to be strong. More specifically they need to be strong in the Lord. That’s different than physical strength. Being strong in the Lord means being strong in spiritual strength. That means you have a need for spiritual strength.
And in his mighty power…
Fortunately Paul clarifies more specifically what it is we need to be strong in…the mighty power of God. But this raises two questions for me. 1) How can I be strong in the mighty power of God? 2) Why do I need to be strong in the mighty power of God?
Fortunately in the next verse Paul answers these questions as well.
Put on the full armor of God…
So God has armor. Not physical armor but spiritual armor. The way to be strong in the mighty power of God is to put on God’s spiritual armor. But what Paul writes next gets even more interesting.
So that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes…
This means the devil is your enemy. I imagine the devil trying to knock your head off, as if you were an opposing robot. In reality it’s worse than that. The devil is a schemer. A scheme is a plan, design, or program of action to be followed. So since the devil is a schemer, he is actively planning a program of action…and following it.
But what is the desired outcome of the devil’s schemes? That’s a really big question here. The answer is as important as it is simple.
The devil is scheming to hurt your spiritual growth. I am sure there are many tactics, tricks, and methods that he uses. But the end goal is the same. The devil does not want you to grow spiritually. The devil does not want you to experience positive movement in your relationship with God.
But the good news is you can put on the full armor of God. You can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. You can experience the spiritual growth you desire in your relationship with God.
In your fight with the devil in the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots ring you can be victorious.