Put on all of God's armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil...Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm (Ephesians 6:11 and 13; NLT).
The Bible does not hide the reality that life is hard and that we will be under attack from the Evil One. It should not surprise us that we experience temptations, trials, and struggles.
During these times we are commanded to stand firm. It is when we stand firm that we are able to resist the Satan. Yet experience tells us that we don't have the strength to stand firm. Time and time again we have been knocked down by the attacks of the evil one. So it can get discouraging if we think standing firm depends entirely on us.
Part of the Gospel message is that we don't stand alone and unaided. God has placed in our lives the Church so we can stand firm together, and He has provided us with the equipment we need so we are have what we need to resist the Enemy.
I urge us to take time and ask God to teach us how to use the equipment He has given us so we can stand firm by His power. Remember we don't stand alone!