Ephesians 6:10-18-Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your waist girded with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 having your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace, 16 and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one.17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit always with all kinds of prayer and supplication. To that end be alert with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.
Are you in a spiritual battle? Be still and know that God is God.
Are you prepared for spiritual warfare? It is a battle that is constantly raging, therefore, we as Christians MUST ALWAYS be ready.
Believe it or not, we are in spiritual warfare. Yes, it is among us. The days in which we now live are described in the bible as “the days of evil” and it can be seen clear in the Spirit.
Very few Christians are armed and equipped for spiritual battle.
Spiritual warfare is real and active in our world today. It is time for Christians to gird our loins with the truth of the Gospel and continue in prayer.
Know it or believe it or not, but if you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are in spiritual warfare!
Our enemy, also known as satan, adversary, devil, accuser of the brethern, hates God and you and I too.
Spiritual warfare was seen in heaven the day the Lord kicked satan from heaven to earth. Revelations 12:7-12 And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, 8 but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them[a] in heaven any longer. 9 So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
The authority of God's Word will always be challenged. If satan attempts to challenge God's Word, where do you and I stand? Without the Word of God, we do not have a foot to stand on for the devil will wreck havoc on our mind. Trust me, satan is no respecter of persons.
Stop trying to prove your salvation through compromise. Hold fast to the Word of God for it stands alone with no reason to validate itself in any way shape or form.
God's Word is true authority, therefore, you must, by faith, BELIEVE IT! God is the only one who can set anything in place and it will not be moved. God's Word is true and It will stand when everything in this world has failed, including man.
In this text, we are given a vivid picture of the battle we are engaged in and the weapons with which we are to fight this spiritual battle that all believes encounters.
If you are working for satan, of course you do not have to fight because he already has you, but if you are determined to go all the way with God, there are some weaponry necessary for us to be effective in spiritual battle on this Christian journey.
What we must first understand in spiritual warfare is that our enemy is not people, but the spirit of satan. We are told in Revelation 12 that from the beginning satan has been slandering and accusing the people of God.
In vs#11 of this text we are told to be aware of his schemes. In other words, he uses trickery, deceit and craftiness.
The devil will even sometime use people to work through to cause you to stumble and when this happens, we are told in vs#12 of this text that we are to not fight with the person for the battle is of spiritual unseen forces called principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, and spiritual forces of evil in high places.
The bottom line is our battle is with an unseen army of spiritual enemies lead by the devil himself. There are some things that cannot be seen with the natural eyes, but only through the eyes of God's Holy Spirit.
The only way to win spiritual battles is to use the weaponry given by God in this text. We must properly clothe ourselves DAILY with this attire that God has listed in this text. Let's listen to what they are in vs#13-17 of this text.
Belt of TRUTH-fasten the belt of truth around your waist. Stand, therefore girding your waist with TRUTH. Know the truth of the Bible.
Breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS- Not having a righteousness of my own but one that comes through faith in Christ Jesus which is the righteousness from God based on faith.
Shod your feet with the Gospel of peace. the readiness and inner-peace that comes from knowing that God Himself is our peace”
Shield of FAITH-The Shield of Faith is a must to fight off the fiery darts from the devil. We must be grounded in our faith and in the Word of God. Without faith it is impossible to please God.
Helmet of SALVATION-The Helmet of Salvation goes over the head to protect the knowledge and security of your salvation. Salvation provides the helmet that is necessary through the Word of God to protect our minds from the attacks of the enemy. THE MIND MUST BE PROTECTED. Let this mind be in you which is also in Christ Jesus.
Sword of the spirit: GOD'S WORD-The Sword of the Spirit is the only offensive weapon that the Christian has at their disposal to fight off the enemy of their mind. Jesus used the Word of God (Scripture) to resist and fight off the Devil in the Temptation in the Wilderness after having spent 40 days and 40 nights there. Matthew 4
Spiritual battles are raging in your life? Get dressed in the whole armor of God given to you in this text. Spend personal time alone with God and establish a personal relationship with Him and when spiritual warfare comes, He will allow you to walk in the authority and dominion of His Word with Him leading you.
No need to fear the enemy for God declares that when you pass through the waters you will not be drowned and when you walk through the fire you will not be burned for He the Lord is your God. GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY!!! Isaiah 43.
Spiritual warfare? Be still and know that God is God for this battle is not yours it belongs to God.
God bless you all on today.