Our spiritual enemy has an impressive arsenal of weaponry at his disposal to use against us and yet, way too often, we choose a peashooter with which to enter the battle. For some reason we convince ourselves that our natural resources will win the day against supernatural forces. Though that may make a best-selling movie script, it is not, in fact, reality.
The reality is that we are hopelessly lost in this warfare without relying on God’s armor and arsenal. The apostle Paul wrote Ephesians 6 to tell us what is really going on around us.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Our situation looks pretty grim, but read on.
“Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation…”
God has given us a great defense in his truth, his righteousness, his gospel, his faith, and his salvation, but that’s not all. We can go on the offensive with weapons that the enemy knows will defeat him.
“…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all (of) the Lord’s people.”
The “word of God,” both written (the Bible) and living (Jesus), will bring us to God’s victory.
How do we wield it?
Prayer seems like such a simple thing and yet, in the end, it is the most powerful thing. Prayer brings to bear the power of God. As in most things spiritual, reality is upside down. What we perceive as weak is actually strong. What appears to be loss is gain. Satan’s greatest victory, in crucifying the Christ, is his ultimate defeat. Praise be to God!
Please join us in a renewed commitment to do battle in prayer, making use of our greatest spiritual resource!