" 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."
(Ephesians 6:11-13 KJV)
On May 28, 2015, in this column, we began a three part discussion of battles that are constantly being fought in the war between God and Satan. The prizes in this war are the souls of men. Christians are warriors of God on earth.
Our Awesome God does not leave His warriors defenseless. He has provided the protective equipment and the weapons we need for battle and He guarantees that they will be effective. Although often overlooked, Ephesians 6:11-13 contains the orders for Christian warriors to prepare to use the equipment before actively joining in the battles. Failure to do so will severely limit your individual effectiveness for God and you may become a casualty with no effect at all.
The armor is likened to that worn by a Roman soldier, even to being heavy and cumbersome. Our spiritual armor should serve us in the same way---protection from the "evil one" (Satan). Like the Roman soldier, you need to work in your armor and teach yourself to use it correctly to protect you from attack by Satan. Remember, it is important that you wear and use your spiritual armor because you are in full-time service to Jesus Christ if you are a Christian! You are in the Army of God! So when you get up in the morning PUT ON THAT SPIRITUAL ARMOR! Pray, asking Our Awesome God to put on each piece of the Armor as you go. The armor will help against Satan's lures and lies each day you put it on. Then put the armor on each member of your family using your prayers, because this is WAR, 24/7!
This is a continuing war between Our Awesome God and Satan that has spanned the life of earth itself (Isaiah 14:12-15), and will continue until events in Revelation have been accomplished. This war has already been won by Jesus Christ's death on the cross so Satan is trying to take as many souls as possible to hell with him. It is called a Spiritual Battle (Ephesians 6:12). Be sure you put on the WHOLE armor of God for protection, your conscious and unconscious being. Leave nothing of yourself open to attack but have all of you guarded with His armor.
Though you cannot see it, this war is a real battle of spirits and we can win the one on earth (see this column for May 29. 2015) with Our Awesome God's help against Satan and his demons (fallen angels who rebelled against God). Read your Holy Bible in Ephesians 6, pray and read #2 Arming Yourself, on our website for tomorrow, 6/06/15. If you are not a Christian, become one and win the war against Satan for your place in eternity! Heaven!
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study with a program for children called AWANA which goes to 7:30 PM. We love visitors!
Flo & Bill