Preparing for battle
Many times in the darkest points of a storm I found myself walking through the battle with very few physically by my side who would come to encourage me with kind words or prayers. I know everyone battles storms of their own everyday many being fortunate to have many encouraging them along the way but when like me you find very few there by your side this is the time to encourage yourself. It may be hard at first to muster up the strength to pray or for the encouraging words to say to yourself especially when satan the enemy has found your weakest point & now he believes you have become his prey. This is when you must remember God gave the hardest battles to his strongest warriors & by your side He stands to defend you.The Lord has never failed you nor left you there for dead, he’s lifted you to battle with the helmet of salvation instead,the mighty sword of the spirit has He place within your hand which causes your enemies to scatter in defeat for God himself has equipped you with everything needed. In prayer, by reading & applying the word of God we are empowered for battle by putting on the full armor of God.
The armor of God what is it?
The phrase “Armor of God” is derived from Ephesians 6:11: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (King James Version). As a biblical reference, the metaphor may refer to physical armour worn by God in metaphorical battles, or it may refer to vigilant righteousness in general as bestowed by the grace of God (Romans 13:12, King James Version): “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
1 Thessalonians 5
How every piece of the armor of God can make us impenetrable to satan’s attacks.
Why do we need the armor of God ?
satan has always been a formidable enemy of mankind, and countless people have succumbed to his attacks and cunning lies. He uses many strategies: from trying to convince us that following our lusts will bring happiness, to telling us that we are hopeless sinners, beyond help.
However, he knows what is prophesied about him – that his bitter end is looming. (Revelation 20:10) While he still can, he wants to take down as many as possible with him.
Fighting with the full armor of God
“Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13.
We have to be alert, have our defenses up, and launch a full-blown attack to send him running! A person wearing the armor of God is not slack or indifferent to the forces that he knows will come. He is anticipating the attack; he is vigilant!
“Stand therefore, having guided your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 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 …”Ephesians 6:14-18.
Girded with truth
The truth girds the one who employs it. No one can catch such a person in a lie. Because there is liberating power in each and every truth, the one who walks in the truth in all his ways will be set free. A lie, no matter how “little,” gives the powers of darkness an opening for attack, but the truth chases them far away.
Clothed with the breastplate of righteousness
Truth and righteousness are very closely related. The accusations of Satan “roll off” personal righteousness like water off a duck’s back. The powers of darkness stand ready to attack us at the least sign of unrighteousness. Unrighteousness gives Satan power over the one who practices it.
Jesus said, “For the ruler of this world is coming, and he has nothing in Me.” John 14:30. He was entitled to say this because He was clothed with the breastplate of righteousness. May the same thing be said of us when Satan tries to sift us like wheat!
Preperation for battle
“… and having shod your feet with the preparation for battle that the gospel of peace provides.” Ephesians 6:15. [Norwegian translation]
We don’t get very far walking with bare feet on glass and sharp stones, let alone trying to fight a battle on terrain like that – that is why our feet must be shod (protected). Likewise, the one who brings the gospel to others must be able to suffer hardship for the sake of the gospel. He mustn’t become touchy and sensitive at the opposition he encounters, like bare feet would be on glass and sharp stones. He must have his spiritual feet shod.
The gospel of peace has the inherent ability to prepare us for battle. But even though it is readily available, we ourselves need to start using it, as in all things.
The shield of faith
Faith always goes against our lusts. In every temptation,satan sends his flaming darts into our mind, which has the power to decide whether we will obey God or give in to the lusts of the flesh.
When Abraham went to Mount Moriah to sacrifice his son Isaac, satan’s flaming darts might well have come at him in the form of words like these: “What do you think Sarah will say? Her heart will probably break, and that will be the sad end of a long and happy married life together. You’ll be a murderer – yes, a murderer twice over. You must have misunderstood; a loving God could not possibly have given such a commandment!”
That’s how satan preaches when a soul sets out to do a work of faith. In the position Abraham was in, every word would have struck him like a flaming dart. And yet, Abraham had not heard wrong; he acted with boldness and valor because God had said it, and we all know what happened – satan’s flaming darts simply glanced off the shield of faith.
Also read: Abraham: Choosing faith in an impossible situation
The helmet of salvation & the sword of the spirit
The spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places are only too happy to make trouble for believers, when given the chance. But the helmet of salvation is hard and resistant to everything that rains down upon it from the air.
A jubilant soul doesn’t become despondent. It is the one who is downcast who is at risk. Discouragement is unbelief, but unbelief is faith in the power of satan. Once you begin to believe in unbelief,everything goes wrong. So,in faith and confidence, pull the helmet of salvation tightly down upon your head & lay hold of the sword of the Spirit!
David’s strength was not especially great,but by faith he put a stone in his slingshot and hurled it toward Goliath. A preacher once said that if Goliath’s forehead had been 10 meters thick, the stone would still have penetrated. I think so too! When used in its sharpness & when administered by an enlightened understanding in the full assurance of faith, the sword of the Spirit can put whole armies of evil spirits to flight. But no one can use the sword of the Spirit victoriously without having put on the rest of the armor of God.
Also read: 3 practical examples of how you can use the sword of the Spirit
Praying always in the spirit
Prayer in the Spirit will give us far more than we could ever ask or think. One who is unaccustomed to praying must, from the very outset, simply discipline himself to pray. Later on, the Spirit Himself will work in him to pray. The Spirit works in us to pray inwardly – without words. But then He conveys these prayers of the heart to the realm of our understanding, to be employed by that understanding. Such unceasing prayer increases our content of life and multiplies our treasures in heaven. Patience and meekness then seem to come naturally, because the Lord is near.
With all of the full armor of God on, it is entirely possible for us to Be strong in the Lord & the power of his might.“
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