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, having done all to stand.
This morning, during my prayer time, I read this scripture and was praying a very specific prayer that I have prayed many times. But this morning my mind just kept repeating the phrase “pray against the enemy.” I know that God was reminding me that there is a real enemy out there, and he is trying to destroy the children of God and render us useless. No, he can never rob us of our salvation (Thank you, Jesus!),
but he can steal our joy and keep us so distracted that we aren’t praying effectively, and we are not useful in God’s kingdom..
No matter how good of a person you are, you have an enemy! So it’s in your best interest, and in mine, that we know our enemy so that we can be on guard and not be overtaken. My prayer this morning was that God would help me to put on the full armor He has provided for me, so that I would be able to fight against the evil forces all around me. So, just what does that mean?
Ephesians 6:10 tells us to “be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.” The armor of God, found in Ephesians 6:10-18, is made up of six items that will help us to be strong as we stand against our enemy: 1st- the belt of truth. The truth of God’s love for us and His provision of a Savior is the truth we should constantly wear. It has been said that truth is the belt that holds all other pieces of the armor in place. If we don’t stand on the truth, we will fall for Satan’s lies every time. 2nd– the breastplate of righteousness. The breastplate shields the heart and other vital organs. It is the righteousness of Jesus (God’s divine moral law) that protects our heart against the accusations of Satan. 3rd– the shoes of the Gospel of peace. These shoes allow us to walk wherever God leads. When we know what God’s word says, and we try to walk with God daily, God will help us to avoid the obstacles that Satan throws in our path, and we will be able to walk in peace. 4th–the shield of faith. It is interesting to note that Paul says in verse 16, “Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.” When we walk with God, our faith increases so that when doubts and temptations come our way, we will be able deflect them as we stand firm in our faith in Jesus. Faith is vital for victory. Also, God’s word tells us that without faith, it is impossible to please God. (Hebrews 11:6)
5th– the helmet of salvation. The helmet protects our head. It protects our mind. Doubts can cause us to be ineffective. But when we are sure of our salvation, there will be no lie of Satan that will be able to convince us otherwise. 6th– the sword of the Spirit. Our sword is our Bible – the Word of God. In Hebrews 4:12, it is described as “living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword.” As we study God’s word, it comes alive in us. The Spirit allows us to use God’s word against Satan just as Jesus did.
After Paul instructed us on the armor of God, he told us to pray.
Pray that God would help us to put on our armor daily.
Pray that God would strengthen us for the battle.
Pray against the enemy!
I think God was telling me this morning that I can’t forget who my real enemy is. If I am not suited up and ready for battle, Satan will destroy me. And you are no different.
So suit up!
Let Satan know that, in Christ, you are armed and dangerous!!