Sometimes we forget the one thing that is true. This world is a battlefield. Day by day, hour by hour, we face a spiritual war and an enemy who’s real. He wants nothing more than to bring defeat, for his main aim is to steal, kill, and destroy. The forces of darkness don’t wait for us to be ready for their attack. They’re ruthless, determined and cunning. Satan could care less if we feel prepared, or prayed up for our day. In fact he prefers we are not.
God has given us His Word and Spirit, powerful and true, so we’ll have the wisdom and protection to stand against the enemy. As I was reading the Bible this morning this ready struck me because the enemy of so profound in our world right now. Paul wrote while in chains, in prison. But the truth says- this enemy we face, no matter how cruel our spirits that have been set free by Jesus. Paul was not silenced by the attacks from dark forces. Neither should we be silenced.
What Is The Full Armor Of God?
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 devils schemes. 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.
Therefore, put on the whole 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. Stand firm then with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this take up the shield for faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions, with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this is mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6: 10-18.
Praying in the Spirit does not refer to the words you are praying. It refers to how we are praying are we praying from our hearts. Being lead by the Spirit in our prayers. The Holy Spirit intercedes for us.
The Belt Of Truth
It’s integrity, a soldier in Paul day had a leather girdle or belt that he tightened around his waist to protect his loins to carry his weapons of warfare, like a dagger or a sword. The belt also held his tunic together so it wouldn’t be snagged. His integrity is what held everything together. If you do not have integrity in the big and small things in your life, you are going to lose the battle. Would people say that you are a woman or man of integrity? If not, then you cannot win the battle.
The Breastplate Of Righteousness
Purity-The breastplate of a soldier was sometimes made of woven chain and used to cover the soldiers vital organs. The breastplate is righteousness.
The enemy wants to attack you not only with lies, but also with impurity. He wants you to read filthy magazines, watch immortal movies, and engage in all the temptations of the flesh. The bottom line is Satan wants to get into your heart and mind and get you to believe the lies of evil ones so he can find a crack in your armor. And don’t be fooled. Satan knows where your crack is. Is your heart pure? If not then you cannot win the battle.
The Shoes Of Peace
Tranquility. The Roman Soldier would have hobnails on the soles of there shoes. Much like football cleats but the would be sharpened like spikes because when they were fighting they needed solid footing to move.
Unless you have a solid footing of peace, you can never make war. Sounds like a contradiction doesn’t it? When Satan comes against your tranquility, he throws out stones and briars (massive thorns) of doubt and discouragement to cause you to stumble. Do you have peace right now? If not you cannot win the battle.
The Shield Of Faith
Certainty. The Roman soldier’s shield measured approximately two by four feet and was made of wood covered in leather. In that day, soldiers dipped arrows in oil, then lit them and shot them at the enemy. These shields were vial to protect the soldiers from getting burned.
Satan is going to fire flaming arrows of doubt at you. He wants to place subtle doubts in your mind about God and His Truth. He knows a spark can ignite a big fire. You will need to feed your faith and starve your doubts. Are there any seeds of doubt in your mind today. If there are then you cannot win the battle.
The Helmet Of Salvation
Sanity. The soldier used a helmet to protect his head because if his head was wounded, he wouldn’t be able to think. Everyone has to have a mind Christ under control of Almighty God.
When a person is saved, for the first time he has his right mind. A person without the Spirit of the Jesus has a form of insanity. They do not operate with the mind that God made them to have. The most important thing for you to have at all times is an assurance of your salvation. Do you know that you are saved? If you aren’t then you cannot win the battle.
The Sword Of The Spirit
The Word of God. When we are tempted, the most effective weapon that God has given us is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Jesus modeled this so beautifully during His temptation in the wilderness. When the devil tried temptation after temptation against Him. Jesus used the sword of the Spirit, Jesus spoke the Word of God to Satan. In Luke 4:1-13, Jesus responded,it is written, “You shall worship the Lord God only. Him only you should serve.” And again brought scripture back into context. “It has bee said, “You shall not tempt the Lord your God.”
The sword of the Spirit works. Memorize Scripture and use the Word of God to defeat Satan’s, lies and attacks.
God has plans for our lives. The enemy has a plan for us too. We just have to decide which voice we’re going to listen to, and who we’re going to choose to follow each day. And chances are if we don’t make a determined choice to follow God we will eventually fall into the evil ones trap. God gives specific instructions in His Words, he will give us all we need to stand strong in life. Yet all too often we race through busy, full days, I’ll equipped, unprepared, or simply not aware of what we’re up against and who the real enemy is.
Focus on today, putting on His Armor, staying alert, and praying, that God will equip believers everywhere to stand strong.