10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:10-18 (NIV)
“Be strong in the Lord” is a passive command. That means God supplies the strength, not you. It’s His battle. Your job is to put on the armor He supplies, to “dress for success.” – The Battle is the Lord’s by Tony Evans
When you fight the devil during your fast, instead trying to prove how strong you are, tell God how weak you are. Trust in the Lord’s strength as you use His weapons to deal with the enemy in your life. Are you fasting under your strength or the Lord’s strength? Pray that you will be strong in the Lord as you put on the full armor of God and Dress for Success.
The Battle is the Lord’s – Tony Evans