God Gave Us Armor For Warfare
If you have followed me for a while you might notice I don’t get into politics too much. I try to post words from God in prophecies and scriptures showing His salvation, help and love; teachings to encourage prayer, healing and a closer walk with God.
But to have balance in our lives we have to know that in the Bible, Christianity is compared to warfare. To keep aware of that side, I do follow news from Christian sources on what the enemy is doing in the world and what his plan is. I also want to see what God is doing as He begins to move with greater visibility in His Kingdom. There has always been war in the spirit realm since the Garden and we must have a part in it so we need to be aware that the enemy is real and roaming about like a roaring lion. We need to know what God expects from us and why things seem to be changing in ways we have never seen before. Also most of us have been under stronger attack than ever in our lives and there seems no let up.
We cannot just relax back and think we have no part in the conflict. There are so many scriptures alluding to fighting so we can’t miss the implications that we are involved in warfare until the day we die! We need to stay current on news which includes politics. Current but not overwhelmed or allowing it to cause fear or worry; just enough for wisdom to pray.
Every soldier will study the enemy to determine strengths and weaknesses. And to be able to defeat the enemy, he must know how to use the weapons at his disposal. Those weapons are described to us in Ephesians 6:10-18 – The Whole Armor of God. If God has given us all a set of armor then we must be expected to fight a battle.
Many believers have been given the mistaken notion that salvation marks the end of serious temptation and trouble. That is how I was taught and believed it for many years. But we read in 1 Timothy 6:12, “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.”
Matthew 11:12 “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.”
Most of us are not in a physical army fighting with physical weapons of war. Nor do we fight against a physical foe. As the Church of the living God, we are a spiritual army. And we are engaged in spiritual warfare! Paul admonished the Corinthians of this very fact, telling them, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds” (II Cor. 10:3-4).
So just who are we fighting? God’s Word teaches that we all have the same enemies. These are Self, Society (the world) and Satan. To me I think the three enemies are all one – the devil. He influences self by telling us lies continually and we must be aware of that and keep him out of our minds with our armor. He influences society with the same lies and spirits; greed, anger, poverty, orphan, entitlement, lust and all the variations from his hatred of God and His people. We are responsible for our soul but the devil is still the one who started it all in the Garden with lies and temptation.
God did not leave us alone on the battle field but has given us all we need to gain victory over them in His Word. To fight we must put on the full armor provided by God — truth, righteousness, peace; faith, salvation, word of God; and praying ALWAYS being watchful to this end with all perseverance.” Ephesians 6:14-18
Praying, being watchful and persevering and when we have done all that we stand, hold our position and never give up on God doing what He has promised. Trust in God with no doubt or unbelief and wait with patience for His answers.
James 4:7 says, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” We must take a determined stand against him.
We also have a clear explanation in Revelation for how we win this battle, Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”
We all have a way to fight our battle and it comes down to praying, developing a relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, listening to His directions, prophetic words, dreams, writing blogs & books to help others, getting involved in social media to send the gospel around the world. Networking with like minded people and helping each other to do God’s work.
I said all that to say this – I will be adding some news reports to my posts as I feel it is God’s intent that we be aware of what is happening beyond our church and home. If you want to know more read them and if not skip them with no problem. I’m just trying to keep balance to all I have here so that each can pick what God directs them to! Enjoy and be blessed in all you do my friends.
Blessings to you all in Christ ~ One Blue Horse