Armor Up ~ Spiritual Warfare

Armor Up

Spiritual Warfare

 

Ephesians 6:10-13 (ESV) ~ Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

 

There is an enemy that as Christians, we all will face. I will NOT give credit to this enemy by saying the words, “The Devil Made Me Do It!”. We hear this all the time. However, we as Christians must take a stand against the schemes, wiles, deceits, craftiness, trickery, methods, and strategies which the devil and his imps throw our way, to wage war against us as believers. He will do everything he can to deceive and capture the believer.

 

Many times Satan will use many things that can be appealing to our eyesight, our mindset, our flesh, or our pride, that the believer is doomed unless he is clothes in the FULL armor of God. Satan will entice the believer to eat the second helping, take the second look, but the unneeded possessions, begin to selfishly seek more power and more position, and so much more. Why is he able to do this?

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 ~ And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

 

Another strategy of the devil is to send a false teacher, a very impressive teacher, across the path of the believer. We must never forget that Satan is NOT a fiery red person with horns, a pointed tail, and a pitch fork. He is a living being in the spiritual world – a being who is transformed into a messenger of light. He has those who walk around about us as ministers of righteousness, but they proclaim a righteousness other than that of Christ. Their message is that of selfishness and self-righteousness, that of …

  • Human goodness and works
  • Ego and self-image
  • Personal development and growth
  • Self-improvement and correction

 

We need to also understand that this warfare is not human or physical, but it is spiritual. One writer wrote about this spiritual warfare and great struggle: “In the word ‘wrestle’ [palē PWS: 4464], Paul uses a Greek athletic term. Thayer defines as follows: ‘a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to press and hold down his prostate antagonist, namely, hold him down with his hand upon his neck.’ When we consider that the loser in a Greek wrestling contest had his eyes gouged out with resulting blindness for the rest of his days, we can form some conception of the Ephesian Greek’s reaction to Paul’s illustration. The Christian’s wrestling against the powers of darkness is no less desperate and fateful”

 

The point to see is that the believer’s struggle is not against flesh and blood, our foes are not human or physical: they are spiritual – spiritual foes that possess unbelievable power. Note exactly what verse 12 says that the believer fight …

  • Against principalities
  • Against powers
  • Against the rulers of darkness
  • Against the spiritual wickedness

 

This reveals several very clear things to us:

  • The forces of evil are powerful forces. The thrust of this verse is to stress the enormous power of evil forces which stand against the believer.
  • The forces of evil are numerous. Principalities, powers, rulers – all convey the idea of many evil forces who are struggling against the believer.
  • The forces of evil are apparently organized into a government. Against, principalities, powers, and rulers of this world in high places – all point toward a ranking of spiritual forces with enormous authority, position, and rule.
  • The forces of evil are the rulers of the darkness of this world. Darkness in the Bible means the ignorance of truth and reality, of the real nature and purpose of things.
  • The forces of evil are spiritual forces of wickedness. They seek to receive the loyalty and devotion that is due God.

 

Think of all we have talked about up to this point. There is a lot of evil in this world. Think of all the wickedness and evil doing and selfishness and the Jezebel spirit in the church. We see … division, prejudice, favoritism, anger, hate, pride, arrogance, stealing, war, killing, arguing, selfishness, immorality, lying, cursing, bitterness, and more.

 

This is why verse 13 is so much more powerful than we could ever know in our lives.

 

Ephesians 6:13 (ESV) ~ Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

 

As a Christian, our duty is to take the WHOLE armor of God. We see how the believer’s need for the WHOLE armor is stressed. This shows just how important and how essential the armor of God is for our lives. We must put on the WHOLE armor of God. Why? Because of the “evil” day. We must withstand the day of evil. But we cannot withstand unless we have done our duty – unless we have obeyed and prepared ourselves – unless we have taken the WHOLE armor of God.
 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (ESV) ~ For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.

 

In order to fight in this Spiritual Warfare, we must STOP doing church casually, we have got to go all in, we have got to get serious with God.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert
{pastorandy@cvcog.church}

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