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Ephesians 6:10-18       10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we[d] are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared.[e] 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil.[f] 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere

 

 

We all fight internal battles every single day. AS Christians however we are fighting a unique battle every day that is not against flesh- and blood but against the devil and his evil spirits.  This scripture gives us a complete game plan and tells us straight up who it is that we are going to be playing and going up against and how we can win. And unlike most games and battles in the world there’s a 100% chance that we will win if we stick to the game plan and follow the instructions given to us in the Holy Bible, the TRUE and living Word of GOD. Verse 11 starts of by telling us to first put on our armor of GOD so that we are able to stand FIRM against the devil (paraphrasing). Then verse 12 goes on to tell us who our opponent is. It tells us that our opponent is not of flesh and blood but evil spirits which means that the battle is taking place internally. I know we’ve all had days where we’ve allowed our thoughts to drive us crazy; whether it be thoughts of doubt, thoughts of fear, worrying, stress, or any other form of negative thinking. WE must understand that those thoughts are just tricks from the enemy. Its him working internally to try and get our mind off track and to prevent us from doing the will of God. That’s why its so important to identify the opponent and remind ourselves when we start thinking negatively like that, its just the enemy trying to get us off track. But don’t worry my bruddas and sistas because verse 13 goes on to tell us that we WILL win the battle against the enemy. We just have to do our part and follow instructions and do what the Word says and put on our armor of GOD. Our DAILY armor is:

  1. Belt= TRUTH
  2. Body armor = GODS RIGHTEOUSNESS
  3. Shoes = PEACE (that comes from the Good News)
  4. Shield = FAITH
  5. Helmet = SALVATION
  6. Sword = THE WORD OF GOD

This is our armor. This is what we need to defeat the enemy on a daily basis. But verse 18 is the icing on the cake, the cherry on top, the “piece de resistance” if you will and that is to PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY, PRAY at ALL times and on EVERY occasion and not just for ourselves but for our fellow believers! If we make a conscious effort every single day that we are BLESSED enough to wake up to put on this armor and just simply get into the presence of GOD and stay there and mix that in with prayer all throughout the day the enemy doesn’t have a fighting chance. God has given us everything that we need to succeed, we are guaranteed a victory here folks… but we have to do our part and follow the game plan. It’s a CONSTANT battle which means that we can’t take any days off and forget to put our armor on because we will become vulnerable to the enemy and that can get us into some serious trouble. He’s sittin’ around just plotting and waiting to catch us slipping so that he can pounce on us and try to keep us from carrying out Gods purpose for our life. Satan’s job is to get us off track and draw us away from God, don’t let him, do NOT get caught slipping because I’m telling you the SPECIAL and UNIQUE calling God has on YOUR life is entirely too important so you must remember to put on your armor EVERY day. This is a year of promotion don’t let the devil get you off track or catch you slippin and delay you from getting promoted and becoming all that God has destined YOU to be. Put on your armor, stand FIRM on the Word of God and just keep your mind stayed focused on God all day every day, pray at ALL times, and YOU will be victorious.