Ephesians 6:10-11: Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
As Christians, we are involved in a spiritual conflict with evil. Warfare. To be unaware or ignorant to this can (and will) be poor stewardship to your walk.
I’ve heard (and agree) that we should focus less on the devil and more on God and His victory. Good point. If we focus too much on what the devil can do instead of what God can do, that is not healthy. But, we should (we need) to know the tactics of our enemy, so we can defend, defeat and be aware.
Just like a football team practices and works on their strategies, their plays, their plans, they still watch game film of the opposing team so they can put the best plan for victory. We are to do the same.
Satan’s strategies can include discouragement, temptation, unforgiveness, fear, accusation, giving in to our sinful desires (where we are weakest), spiritual laziness, just to name a few.
In warfare of our faith, we are called to do many things, one being put on the full armor.
The Belt of Truth: Allegiance to God’s truth and commitment to integrity.
The Breastplate of Righteousness: Godly character and a right relationship with God.
Feet Fitted w/ the Readiness of the Gospel of Peace: Believing and boldly proclaiming Christ’s message.
The Shield of Faith: Bold faith and claiming the promises of God.
The Helmet of Salvation: Being renewed in our minds and confident in our relationship with God.
The Sword of the Spirit: The Word of God – Know it and be confident in it!
I believe some of our problems come because we live in a broken world. Life happens, and we are going to have hardships just like everyone else, but I also believe that many of our problems stem from our inability to say no to certain temptations. Putting on the full armor of God will help us fight against those temptations that seem to easily trip us up.
We have an enemy that is good at his job. He has a plan, and his attacks are specific, direct and relentless. Tailor-made for us individually. More than we would care to admit, often times, they are also successful.
We need to move past the mindset of “pray a little here”, “read a little of the Bible there” and think that is enough. Generally, it is only enough to make us feel good about ourselves.
Prepare, put on the armor, and press into God. Watch for any openings, fight, and keep moving forward!