While there are several verses on spiritual warfare there’s one account that we always refer to when preparing for battle. You have probably read these verses a hundred times or more…but here they are again:
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore,
- having girded your waist with truth,
- having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and
- having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
- above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
- And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints — and for me… “(Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV)
Here’s something else I want to add that comes from Romans 13:14 to put the former verses in perspective:
“But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.”
Jesus is the armor of God. Every aspect of the armor resonates with a characteristic of Christ.
All of these things come from Christ. So if we already know that Christ has conquered sin (which is more powerful than Satan….because yes…Lucifer sinned…meaning sin existed before Satan did) AND death…then how is it that the enemy can attack anyone wearing the armor of God?
Well…he can’t. He can’t defeat someone totally armored up, BUT he can defeat someone who isn’t armored up. What Satan also does…is launch mini attacks on the mind and heart so that the army of God will fight against one another. Then Satan doesn’t have to do any work. He can just avoid the army of God while they quarrel with each other.
Sometimes we think that Satan has to use physical attacks on us but he doesn’t always have to shoot physical arrows as we see in Revelation 6:2
“I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.”
Many people relate the “white horse” as Christ but we know in reading further in revelation that Christ doesn’t come till after all the horsemen are allowed to finish their work. Interestingly enough this horseman rides on a white horse (the appearance of Christ) and has a bow….but if you are like me and are a words person…you will have noticed one very important thing missing. What good is a bow with no arrows?
This gives us the impression that the white horse bent on conquest…is not going for physical war…but is bent on spiritual warfare and/or emotional and mental warfare.
We have to guard our hearts and minds with the armor of God so that this enemy cannot defeat us or divide us. When Satan sees God’s army amassing, it means bad news for him. So the only thing he can do is try to divide it so that we’re “manageable” targets for him.
Don’t give him that opportunity.
Love in the midst of trials because ALL PEOPLE will know us by the way we love one another. Gossip, division, anger, frustration, drama, fear, animosity, etc. are not of God and should be laid down and left behind. It’s difficult, but we are to LOVE first. We are to plant the Word of God and water where He tells us to. However, He does the growth part. We are not to concern ourselves with misunderstandings and where everyone’s walk with the Lord is. We are to understand, like Paul did, that we need to meet people wherever they are at and then demonstrate Christ through how we love them.
The Word of God (Christ) is God’s authority and we need only live it and share it.
[Armor up.Point others to the armory.Stand to the end]