As Christians, we are constantly in a battle.
What is Spiritual Warfare? Fighting against the enemy, the Devil is Spiritual Warfare.
John 10:10 says, “The Thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy.” He has no other business but to destroy the saints of God. We are constantly at war with the enemy, but the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world! The Bible says, on the contrary, they have divine power! We have divine weapons.
Like a two-year-old, are you closing your eyes to the fact that the Spiritual Realm exists, and then placing a blanket over your head? Just because we cannot see the Spiritual Realm, does not mean it is not present. In the same way, just because you cannot physically see God, does not mean He does not exist. Walking in the knowledge that the Spiritual Realm exists and desiring to learn about it, is half the fight, God is already fighting on our behalf as well. We cannot afford to be ignorant Christians.
A Christian songwriter called Keith Greene wrote in one of his songs,
” I (Satan), used to have to sneak around. But now, they just open their doors. No one is looking for my tricks because no one believes in me anymore.”Keith Greene
It is easy to forget that the enemy roams about like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. He is present and roaming about. (1 Peter 5:8).
You are called upon to be sober and vigilant, not ignorant. Being sober and vigilant calls for you to:
- Educate yourself about Spiritual Warfare and the Battle Front. Head over to the Breakthrough Flags Ministries Shop and grab yourself a copy of Warfare To Worship and The Spiritual Warfare Toolkit.
- Arm yourself with the Armor of God.
Ephesians 6 from verse 10 details the Armor of God.
God is helping or reminding you to focus on the weapons we have been given rather than the enemy that we face.
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. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.Ephesians 6:10-18
Let us break it down, shall we?
- The Belt of Truth– If your foundation is not truth, then you are on shaky ground. The entire armor is attached to the Belt of Truth, which guards our loins. Our sexuality is under attack in this day and age, but Paul is letting us know that God wants us to stand for the truth regarding our sexuality because all else besides God’s purpose for our sexuality is a lie. Our identity goes beyond our sexuality. Our identity is in Christ.
- The Breastplate of Righteousness– Walking rightly with God. Being made right by Him is what the breastplate of Righteousness is about. When you obey God and keep His commands, you become aware of how He expects you to live. As a light. Living in obedience protects our hearts from hurt and great pain.
- Feet fitted with readiness– Our feet should be feet that lead us to spread the good news of Christ, both near and far. Our identity should be in the finished work of the cross. Once we internalize this, we live lives that exalt Him and Him alone. He increases as we decrease.
- The shield of faith– Back in the day, Roman soldiers used to carry heavy animal hide shields that they would dip in the water before a battle so that the darts were extinguished once they came into contact with the shields. Similarly, as a Christian, you should always deepen your faith by consistently studying the word of God, so that the enemy has no room to attack you and plant doubt in your heart.
- The helmet of salvation– God, through the gift of His son, granted us salvation. And the helmet of salvation means walking a life that is sanctified and set apart for God and His work. In this day and age, we have opened our doors to allow some form of reasoning with the enemy, that certain sins are negotiable and that is an attack of the enemy. The Bible says, there is no lukewarm Christian. You are either a Christian, set apart and sanctified for His work, or you are not a Christian. (Revelation 3:15-18)
- The Sword of The Spirit– This is the Word of God. Do you read His Word? Let me take you back to the time in the wilderness when Jesus was tempered by the Devil. What happened was that He countered the temptations with the Word of God. As a Christian, you cannot overcome the enemy if you are empty inside. Fill yourself with the Word of God intentionally.
- Prayer– Paul admonishes us to pray in the Spirit. The Bible also says that we should pray without ceasing. We keep alert and remain sober when we live a prayerful life.
Watch the video below and follow the prayer, courtesy of Christianity.com