Spiritual warfare. Do you believe it exits? Are you preparing yourself each day for the battles that you will encounter? Even though we cannot see it visually, the spiritual realm is real. God Himself, His mighty angels, Satan, and his demons reside there. Satan’s primary objective is to destroy those of us who belong to Christ.
Ever since I rededicated my life to God, I want to help others and share the love of Christ. My “belief” in Jesus continues to increase, but the “confidence” in my writing wavers sometimes. I’m pretty sure the enemy has a lot to do with that. If the devil can convince me to not follow God’s leading, he wins a small battle in this spiritual warfare.
However, I’m pretty sure it is not just me that is affected by doubt at times. Am I right? Please don’t leave me hanging. I love the passage in Ephesians 6:10-19 where the Apostle Paul exhorts believers to “…put on the full armor of God so that we can stand strong against the schemes of the devil.”(Verse 11)
Doubt and discouragement are two of his most effective schemes. Going all the way back to the garden of Eden, he instigated doubt in Eve’s mind. He challenged what God had instructed her and Adam regarding the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. (Read Genesis chapter 3)
I cannot emphasize how much the devil desires to hurt you and me. Christians are especially targets for spiritual warfare. Satan knew his fate was sealed once Jesus Christ rose from the dead after His crucifixion. So, he implores his fellow fallen angels, or better yet his demons to continually attack the saints.
The Devil a Cheerleader?
For years, I lived in concert with Satan’s schemes because I was not wearing any God empowered protection for decades. I was a young pup when I asked Jesus to come into my heart and save me. At five years old, I had no concept of what spiritual warfare was. I did know that I didn’t want to go to hell! As I continued to live for my selfish desires, the devil cheered me on every step of the way
Fast forward four decades later. Two years after the stroke, I recommitted my life to Christ at the age of forty-six. I’d grown tired of doing things my way. I wanted to live for Jesus. I now have a purpose that is bigger than myself!
Having a God-inspired purpose is glorious, but I have learned the hard way that it only makes you a target for the devil. He will do everything in his power to keep your eyes off Christ. Whether that be physical pain, emotional distress that causes one to worry or maybe even succumb to anxiety. Spiritual warfare is extremely deceptive at times, too.
As the bible states in Genesis 3, Satan is crafty. There may be something that is generally good but with Satan at the controls, it can become a distraction or possibly even an idol! Social media, emails, and television are not necessarily bad. But when these things are prioritized over fellowship with God, we become vulnerable.
Large and Not in Charge
The same goes for food. I weighed in at nearly five hundred pounds when I had my stroke in July of 2010. Food had become like a God for me. I was living to eat instead of eating to live. I took my love of food and cooking to the extreme and it almost cost me my life.
That thought was not lost on my mother. After my prayer book on the power of prayer earned an award at the Christian Literary Awards in 2018, I returned to my seat next to her. Mom was sobbing quite hard into some tissues. While beaming from ear to ear, I leaned over and quietly asked her what was wrong.
She replied, “It was at this moment that I realized why God has allowed you to survive the stroke.” Wow, I leaned back and began to pray-thanking God for choosing me to be a witness for Him. It was an emotional and beautiful night.
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Watch the video of my speech. Mom was a tad overwhelmed so, the camera moves a bit.
This why It is so important for you to prepare yourself every day for spiritual warfare. Yes, God can achieve his purpose in the life of anyone, but do you want to make it harder than it is going to be already in serving Him?
That is why I have committed myself to get healthy both physically and spiritually. I have lost over half my weight since my stroke. I thank God for pointing me in the direction of doing something that I could sustain. My hunger for His Word continues to grow. I still get so excited when He speaks to me from the bible, I cannot wait to share.
I have grown especially fond of the passage of the scriptures found in Ephesians chapter six. The Apostle Paul urges Christians to prepare for spiritual warfare by arming ourselves in the Armor of God. These verses are a poignant reminder that God has given us everything we need to be prepared for battle’
Armor of God
Here are the pieces of God’s Armor that we as Christians need to equip ourselves.
1-GIRDLE of TRUTH-Roman soldiers wore a loose tunic under their armor so they had to “gird” themselves or “gather up” any loose clothing that would be a hindrance to them in battle. So for myself, I am gathering up everything that will hinder me from being productive. I want to be honest not only with others and myself but with God throughout each day.
2-BREASTPLATE of RIGHTEOUSNESS-The breastplate was worn over the tunic as protection and covered every organ in the front of the body including the heart. As we put on righteousness, we are becoming more like Christ by being obedient to Him.
Our Faith leads to God’s Peace
3-GOSPEL of PEACE– Having our feet shod with the gospel of Peace. The soldiers had spikes or even nails in their shoes for grip in battle as they traveled over all types of terrain. When you put on the shoes of the Gospel of Peace, You know that you are standing on a firm foundation in Jesus Christ. You are at peace with God and nothing can shake you. This peace allows you to continue pressing forward no matter what the circumstance.
4-SHIELD of FAITH– The shield is an awesome piece of armor that protects the entire body! In the movie “300”, the Spartans give impressive examples of how shields are used effectively. No matter what came at them, they were protected while their shields were up! Satan is relentless in sending fiery darts of fear, doubt, and deception at us. Jesus says in John 8:44 …..”That the devil is a liar and the Father of lies.”
When our shield of faith up, we defend against those fiery darts and our confidence in Christ grows stronger!
5- HELMET of SALVATION– The head is the most important part of our body and always a target in any battle. Without a clear head, we are not getting far! As believers in Christ, Satan again is constantly attacking our minds trying to discourage us and test our salvation. In John 10:28 Jesus says,” No one can snatch them out of My hand.” We have the assurance that our salvation is forever. We have to guard our minds against the enemy’s attacks.
6-SWORD of the SPIRIT– Also known as the BIBLE! Hebrews 4:12 says the word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. We must be in God’s word everyday reading, studying, and learning about ourselves and our leader, Jesus Christ! This keeps our focus on God as we battle our adversary the devil.
In addition to the armor, Paul says in verse 18 to “pray at all times in the Spirit, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” [clickToTweet tweet=”We must pray at ALL TIMES not just for ourselves but for all Believers.” quote=”We must pray at ALL TIMES not just for ourselves but for all Believers.”] They are having similar battles and attacks that we encounter and need our prayers. Once you believe in the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior; you must put on your armor daily. You need to spend time each day in God’s word and commit to prayer and do this consistently. Then you gain CONFIDENCE in the LORD to bring you through each day and in any situation.
Before I Go
Christians were never promised everything will be easy but the Lord says in Hebrews 13:5 “He will never leave or forsake you!” That is a promise from my Lord and Savior! So as the battle continues each day; you can have peace while asking God for wisdom, direction, and the courage to see things through. I pray this post and website are an encouragement to believers. You must remember that God will bring you through whatever you are facing when you seek Him. If you do not know Him as your Lord and Savior, He wants to save you. His desire is to be Lord of your life. The battle wages on for your soul, whose side will you choose?
Live Prepared Fellow Warrior!