With a recent (current for some) recession and other adversities that may be facing us, there is no doubt in my mind that these are some uncertain and trying times – personally and globally. As believers however, we are constantly facing warfare (1 Tim 1:18) and wrestling with sin and its consequences. As a result, it is imperative that we know how to handle ourselves in a time of war, so that we may have victory over our enemies.
Firstly, we must know our enemy and how he operates. The devil, my friends, is a liar. In his attempt to pull us off course, he attacks us with doubt, sin, guilt and destruction to our lives. We must always be aware of this so that we may stay alert, especially when we are reading the Word, praying and/or spending time with other believers.
Secondly, Ephesians 6:10-13 outlines to us the components of our spiritual armour, i.e. the equipment we need to fight our war. Imagine a soldier marching off to war without the appropriate training and equipment…
The six components of our spiritual armour
2. The breastplate of righteousness – this protects our heart from the wrong emotions.
3. We should have feet that are ready to stand firm against the Devil and bring the good news to others (see also Isa 52:7).
5. The sword of the Spirit – this is the actual weapon (the Word of God) that we will use to cause damage to our opponent. Hebrews 4:12 tells us that Scripture is “sharper than any two-edged sword”; it is transforming us to be like Jesus, shedding light in a dark world and enabling the spiritually blind to see.
6. The helmet of salvation – this will protect for our thoughts. In her book Battlefield of the Mind, Joyce teaches us how the Devil controls us through our thoughts. We should not conform to the pattern of this world, but instead be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Then (and only then) will we be able to test and approve what God’s will is for us (Rom 12:2).
My own spiritual war is waging – I do not believe that it’s a mere coincidence that my laptop wants to restart itself whilst I was typing this post.