Do you feel powerless in the face of all the chaos that is erupting in the world? Does it make you tired, feeling that you must constantly fight to survive and thrive?
Read these words of Paul’s, slowly and carefully.
…since the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but are powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We demolish arguments and every proud thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 CSB
What are those “weapons” we use? If we’re going to fight a war, we have to have armor and equipment! In Ephesians 6:10-18 we are told this:
In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might. Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places. Therefore, put on the complete armor of God, so that you will be able to [successfully] resist and stand your ground in the evil day [of danger], and having done everything [that the crisis demands], to stand firm [in your place, fully prepared, immovable, victorious]. So stand firm and hold your ground, having tightened the wide band of truth (personal integrity, moral courage) around your waist and having put on the breastplate of righteousness (an upright heart), and having strapped on your feet the gospel of peace in preparation [to face the enemy with firm-footed stability and the readiness produced by the good news]. Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one . And take the helmet of salvation , and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.
Ephesians 6:10-18 AMP
Do you get the idea that obedience is key to success against the enemy?
Spiritual warfare requires vigilance and commitment as well. Our enemy is determined. He has thousands of years of tricks up his sleeve.
Victory doesn’t always look or feel like victory. Paul learned this lesson, writing in his letter to the Corinthian church, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me.’ “
2 Corinthians 12:9 CSB
Pride is kryptonite to a believer. So true humility is required for one to be used in God’s kingdom. God will keep us humble, ensuring that whatever praise may be due is rightly attributed to Him. Praise God!
Categories: Spiritual Warfare