Anyone that knows me very well at all will tell you, I talk a lot about spiritual warfare. One of my greatest pieces of advice to people in tough situations is to make sure they pray on their armor every single day. Or better yet, just don’t take it off! It’s something I started learning about years ago, and only recently did it hit home and really sink in.
I’ve used my armor a lot over the past couple of years. Having went from a religion of man-made traditions to a deeper Truth than I’d ever known before, I learned some things. First of all, was the fact that satan never takes a break. When in actual combat, say, in a war situation, both sides take time to regroup. Trenches are dug, fire ceases for awhile, and then all resumes at some point. That’s just not the case with the enemy WE are fighting.
No, our enemy waits for us to dig that trench and hunker down. The Bible says he walks around like a ravenous lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). That certainly doesn’t sound like a casual stroll in search of a light snack. He wants us destroyed, utterly and completely.
Thank God for the armor that God equips us with. Let’s pause just a moment, and read about it…
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 the 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 in the evil 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;
I always say, it’s easy to read right over certain Scriptures. Sometimes, it’s because we’re just reading too fast and not really paying attention. Sometimes, it’s just not “time” for us to know and understand the depth of what’s being said. But more often than not, we’re simply not paying attention.
So if you read over that really fast, I’m going to ask you to go back and read it again. See the soldier. Envision each of these pieces of armor, in place and functioning. There are six separate, very important pieces, and they each accomplish a purpose.
What God Showed Me About This Armor
Every time I ever thought about our armor, I antiquated it with “battle”. I mean, after all, what else would we use armor for anyway? But then, in my mind, God showed me that soldier. He was all suited up with just these particular pieces of armor, and the Lord asked me what they were.
I named off each piece, and when I finished, He said, “Now how many of those are actively used as an offensive weapon?”
Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. Maybe others know this, and maybe have known it for years. But for me, it just really came to light when the Lord showed me this vision and asked me that question.
The only actual “weapon” we have in our arsenal is the sword…of the Spirit…which is the Word of God. The Word that was with God, and was God (John 1:1), and was made flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:14). That Word that we hide in our hearts (Psalm 119:11). That Word that we can read and study and thresh out for all the morsels we need to get us by from day to day. Of the Spirit, which is the SAME SPIRIT and the one that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8:11). That same Spirit that fell on the Apostles in Acts, baptizing them with fire, with the evidence of speaking in tongues (Acts 2:4). That same Spirit that now lives inside of us, making us the very temple of God (1 Corinthians 6:19).
That’s a lot of information about that one weapon, huh? What it boils down to is that we should only do our “fighting” with the Word and the Spirit. Not with words. Not with reasoning. And not with facing off with the devil. I mean, don’t get me wrong, that old liar is under he feet of Jesus. You may be use to hearing that he’s under OUR feet, but that won’t be until later (Romans 16:20). Until then, he IS currently under Jesus’ feet already (1 Corinthians 15:25; Ephesians 1:22; Hebrews 2:8). If we are to win any battles, it will be through Him.
It’s actually a very peaceful thought to know that we don’t have to do as much fighting as we thought we did. Oh, don’t be mistaken…we must STILL FIGHT! The enemy would like nothing better than a free line through your defenses. Just pay attention to what we have to fight with.
He’s got us! Every day, all the way!