Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Ephesians 6:11 KJV)
God has weapons for us to attack and defend ourselves against Satan and his host of evil spirits. He has revealed this to us through the metaphor of the ancient Roman soldier’s armor as described in Eph. 6.
You have probably heard me say this many times: the armor of God is one concept we talk about so much but one of the most misunderstood and misapplied. This problem is worse for those based in Africa or grew up spiritually in Africa.
What would you do if I told you Satan is preparing to attack you? A classic response today is for us to run into our prayer closets or take a fast. Yes, prayer is critical but there is more! For us, prayer is the frontline strategy for defending ourselves or attacking the devil. Is that what God has said? What does the metaphor of the armor of the Roman soldier above teach us? Sometimes I think Satan and demons are laughing at our spiritual immaturity when they see us fumble or muddle around with spiritual things to their advantage.
The armor of God is the truth you have in you, the righteousness of God you anchor to and walk in, whether your heart believes God’s Word or not, the word of God you use etc. It is a lifestyle or manner of life. Does this sound like the spiritual warfare we are accustomed to? Certainly not!
Do you know that the very fact that we doubt our salvation means our head is exposed for Satan to crush? Prayer will not protect you. Living in sin is opening our houses’ gates for Satan and evil spirits to have a party in our lives. What do you think Satan thinks of us when we have an all-night prayer casting and binding powers in the air and in the water and then spend the entire day living in anger, bitterness, or slandering your pastor? An unrighteous life is opening up your chest with your heart for Satan to pierce with all kinds of sorrows and heartaches( no breastplate!).
God has told us very clearly in the scripture what He has ordained for us to use to defend ourselves or attack the enemy. It is so important we know and BELIEVE what God has told us works against the devil. It think this is where the problem lies. Many of us might not really believe what God says works actually works against Satan. What is the relationship between truth in your heart and Satan? Do you know the degree of truth you have known and believed in your heart can shield you from Satan? The ordinary Christian will have a hard time believing this. And that is just part of our difficulties.
Put on God’s armor, not your own armor!
What is the armor of God? Please read Ephesians 6:13-17 now and think through each of the weapons mentioned there, including what he said about prayer in verse 18.
APPLY THE WORD
Are you protected against Satan? I hope the right things are crossing your mind now. I mean, do you have God’s armor right now? God’s command is to put on that armor. It is not something you do in your prayer closet only. It is a Christian manner of life.
Ask the Spirit to help you become strong in the Lord and in the armor He has given us.