What do we do when we want to be used by God, but we’re afraid or even tired of feeling attacked? How do we protect ourselves when hurtful things are hurled our way?
First, we must remember that people are not our real enemy. Satan, the father of lies, the deceiver, the accuser of us all, is our true enemy. -Ephesians 6:12-
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of this dark world as against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. This is hard to remember when the flaming arrows are aimed our way come at us via vicious lips or fast typing fingertips of people. But it’s still the truth.
We also must realize that it’s not our job to protect ourselves with thicker skin. Instead, we need to put on the full armor of God He has given us. We find this reminder in verses 10-11 In Ephesians which says, put on the full Armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devils schemes. This isn’t a battle that is taking place in the flesh. We are fighting a spiritual battle.
We are to ask for the breastplate of righteousness -Ephesians 14- and pray to make choices that align with the truth. We are to put on the shield of faith -Ephesians 17- believing God is who He says He is. We are to then put on the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. – Ephesians 17- This is where We silence Satan with the truth of who we are, and what God has done for us.
God hasn’t called us to toughen up against people. He has equipped us to suit up against our true enemy. Yes, the initial pain we feel when we come under attack is real, too. Every piece is His power, peace, and protection placed between us and Satan. And we can stay surrendered to being used by the Lord because we know we’re fully covered by Him.