Do you ever find yourself anxious or uneasy but you can’t put a finger on what exactly is causing those feelings? It’s like you can’t keep your head above water. You’re job is going great, you’re in an awesome relationship, you feel like your walk with Christ is going well, but something is wrong. Something is stirring inside you that keeps you from being at peace.
“Spiritual warfare” is defined as the cosmic war of good versus evil; daily battles between God and Satan. In Billy Graham’s book Angels, he states,
“We live in a perpetual battlefield …The wars among the nations on earth are mere popgun affairs compared to the fierceness of battle in the spiritual unseen world. This invisible spiritual conflict is waged around us incessantly and unremittingly. Where the Lord works, Satan’s forces hinder; where angel beings carry out divine directives, the devils rage. All this comes about because the powers of darkness press their counterattack to recapture the ground held for the glory of God…”
This may not comfort you, but if you’re experiencing these attacks, then you’re headed in the right direction. When we work for the kingdom, Satan doesn’t like it. He feeds us lies and tries to scare us away from our eternal work. But have faith, beloveds. God has provided us with tools to protect ourselves.
“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 devil’s 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 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.”
As Christians, we are going to be attacked, but we have the Creator – the great I Am – providing us with a suit of armor for these times. We can use this armor to resist the devil and stand firm in the Lord. Let’s see what Paul has to say about each piece of armor and what it’s used for (found in Ephesians 6:14–17).
Belt – truth: Satan tries to put us down and feed us lies. Sometimes these lies sound convincing. With the belt of truth around our waists, we can tell the truth from the lies.
Breastplate – righteousness: The devil often attacks our heart – the seat of our emotions, trust, and self-worth. God’s breastplate is there to protect our heart by ensuring His love and approval.
Footgear – readiness to spread the Good News: The enemy wants us to feel like sharing the gospel is a worthless task, too big and meaningless for any of us to take on. God gives us motivation to share His Word by telling us that it is for ALL to hear.
Shield – faith: The shield of faith protects us from Satan’s flaming arrows that come in the form of insults, setbacks, and temptations. By using His shield, we can see beyond the current circumstances to the bigger picture and guard ourselves from the enemy.
Helmet – salvation: Doubt always creeps in on us because Satan creates that doubt. The helmet protects us from negative thoughts and reminds us that because Christ died on the cross, salvation is ours and cannot be taken away.
Sword – Word of God: This is the only weapon of offense in this list. It is our responsibility to stay in the Word so that we can be ready to fight back when Satan attacks. The Word of God is truth, and it is the ONLY truth there is. It’s up to us to learn His message so that we can be fully prepared.
Paul gives us this information because the entire body of Christ needs to be armed. Though we are targeted by evil, we are not overcome by it. Christ is our defender, and as long as we have His armor, we are protected. There is no need to fear.
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