Put On the Whole Armor of God
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand the evil in this day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 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, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly as I ought to speak. Ephesians 6:10-20
Everywhere you look, bad things are happening all over the world. These things are caused by evil: demons, those that serve satan, but really the devil himself, because he controls those things. We must stand and fight as the army of God. How do we do that? What do we do? Who do we fight? How do we win?
These are questions that not only do most people not have the answer to but do not even know to ask. People think they have all the answers, but without God no answer is a solution. No problem can actually be solved. The answer is not bomb the crap out of everything, because there will be nothing left. I guarantee evil lurks within a mile of you no matter who or where you are with some small exception. The battles we face are not in the physical but in the spiritual realms. What do I mean by this? I am not speaking to a sci-fi like situation you would see on television. I speak of the part of this world in which the Holy Spirit resides, the reason He is everywhere. In this part of the world the principalities of evil are hard at work as well. God can't just get rid of them without getting rid of our freewill as well. It is up to us to fight the war.
Not everyone is armed to fight this war. First and foremost, you must be washed in the blood of the Lamb, a true spirit filled born again creature that lives to serve Jesus. Then you must put on the armour of God as these verses call for.
- loins girt about with truth- Jesus is the way, the truth and the light; you must keep a relationship with Him through prayer and obedience
- the breastplate of righteousness- you must be washed clean of sin, saved, born again spirit filled Christian
- feet shod with preparation of the gospel- know the gospel and share it with others
- shield of faith- have faith in the power of Jesus, know that He has you, all you must do is ask, speak the words no weapon formed against me shall prosper, know that God is in control and you will receive trials to strengthen you and must battle evil that befalls you but victory is already yours through Jesus our King and truly KNOW this, no doubt
- helmet of salvation- accepting the salvation of Jesus Christ is so important it is more than one piece of armour
- sword of the Spirit- know the word of God, it is your weapon against the dark forces in this world, your ability to cast out demons attacking you and others and to rebuke and resist the devil, your strength, your hope
We must always intercede with prayer for each other. Your daily prayers should include asking for strength and help for all saints everywhere. Your prayers should include love, and requests on behalf of every born again Christian, regardless of whether you know them or not. We are all the children of God and fight the same battles on different battlegrounds.
It is also very important that we remain bold in ministering the gospel to everyone. There will be scoffers, hateful people, and deaf ears, but we must remain bold and speak the word of the Lord. Our concern shouldn't be whether we are liked or approved of by man, but whether or not God approves of our actions. There is only one you must please and that is our Lord.
We must stay strong and include all of these things in our daily life if we are to stand against the attacks of the darkness in this world. We must never remove our armour if we wish to resist the devil. We must be strong in the Lord, and sometimes that requires saying those words aloud until strength returns to us. Do not let demons and the devil make you weary. Put on the whole armour of God and never take it off.
Go saints with the peace and strength of the Lord Jesus Christ, to war. We are the army of God. We must be good soldiers. We must cast out demons and heal the sick. We must feed the hungry and help the poor. We must give drink to those that thirst for God. Please help us continue to share the good news by giving a donation today. God bless you and may Jesus keep you.