A soldier never goes into battle naked. If he/she does then they’re destined to die. You can’t expect to protect yourself when you are being shot at with absolutely no cover or protection. Can you imagine being on a battlefield stark naked? Yet you look around and see your comrades decked out in full armor holding their weapon ready for battle. To survive a battle you must at least have a helmet, a weapon, and a shield (or armor). This armor will provide defense and will protect you from the enemy’s attacks. This image can be transferred to the Christian walk. The world is nothing but a large image of a battlefield. There are spiritual wars going on everywhere, which most of us are oblivious to. The setting for this battlefield is somewhat different then how you might picture a Civil War battle. This setting for this battlefield is everywhere in life, and the enemy trying to kill you is the enemy of God: the adversary, or the devil. This is called spiritual warfare. For us Christians do not wrestle with flesh and blood, instead we wrestle against evil rulers of the darkness of this age. Therefore, we must be equipped with the full armor of God. This includes the first important item, the helmet of salvation. For without salvation you are unprotected and naked. Next you must have the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, and is sharper than any two-edged sword (Hebrews 4:12). Finally, you must take hold of the shield of faith, which will protect you from the fiery darts of the wicked one. These are just a few pieces of the armor however; you cannot forget the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the shoes of peace (Ephesians 6:12-18). All of these are essential to be properly clothed for battle, and ready to walk the Christian walk.

If the devil is not attacking you then you should worry. Why would the devil attack those that are of no threat to him? If you are on the highway to hell, then the devil has you right where he wants you. But if you are a Christian you will be aware of his attacks. If he is attacking you, then you are doing something right. Take comfort in this. But do not let any cracks get into your armor, or he will effectively attack you.

Ephesians 6:17 says, “take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God…” We know from John 1:1 & v14 that “the Word was with God, and the Word was God” and “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us”. By soaking ourselves in the Word of God, and seeking Jesus who is the Word, then we can help counterattack the enemy’s fiery darts with the promises of God’s word. The promises of God are all throughout the Bible, and God knows only truth (John 17:17). The promises of God are yes, and amen (II Corinthians 1:20). If you stand on the frontline naked, you stand no chance at surviving. If you face this world without Christ, then your end will be death. But if you face this world with Christ, then your end will be life (Romans 6:23). We in ourselves stand no chance for we need a righteous warrior who is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. We are no match for the devil by ourselves. He is and will forever be our fortress, our refuge, and our warrior (Psalms 91).

This battle has been going on for ages, and will not stop until every knee bows to the one Lord (Romans 14:11). Satan waged war on God when he was an angel (Revelation 12:7-9), and we have been the pawns of that war ever since. But God’s love will eventually make the enemy bow down before our Lord. In the meantime the enemy will use us as an attack to our Father. It is not God’s desire that any should perish (II Peter 3:9). It hurts our God when we reject him, and turn to idols instead, but He gives us the choice to make. Our God is jealous and wants our undivided attention (Deuteronomy 6:13-15). Satan loves using the world, lusts of the flesh, and idols to distract us and take us away from God and His love. We are the enemy’s weapons against our Lord. God loves us so much that He would rather die for us than live without us. When we reject Him, the devil has what he wants. He wants people to turn and reject Jesus Christ. You don’t have to physically say “I reject Jesus Christ” to literally reject Him. Not serving Him, accepting Him as Lord, worshiping Him, and having the Lord sit on the throne of your heart is enough to reject Christ. However, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior, then this means war to the enemy. We must take up the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:12-19) lest we will be devoured by the devil (I Peter 5:8). The devil loves to come after God’s children (Job 1:7-12). But God has given us what we need to win the battle; His son, Jesus Christ. We must accept Him, have faith in Him, and receive this blessed hope. Blessed are they that believe and have faith (John 20:29).

The Christian journey will not be easy; in fact it will be hard. If the world rejected Jesus, then so will it reject us (John 15:18). But if we suffer in this world as He did, then we shall reign with Him in Heaven (II Timothy 2:12). We must continue to run this race. For it doesn’t matter if we win the race as it is not about getting first place and outshining your brothers and sisters. In this race it is just all about finishing the right way (I Corinthians 9:24-27; Hebrews 12:1-29).

 I will end in saying be sober minded and vigilant to the faith, and be on fire for Jesus showing the enemy where your heart belongs. Your heart can only belong in one of two places: bondage or the world (that is sin), or the freedom that is found in accepting Christ as Lord. I constantly pray to have the spirit Jeremiah the prophet had where “God’s word was in his heart like a burning fire, shut up in his bones” (Jeremiah 20:9). God is looking for those that are on fire, and He is not interested in the lukewarm (Revelation 3:16), or carnal Christian, that just attend church on Sunday and still live in sin. We must die to self and live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:25). Let’s remain clothed in the full armor so we can face the adversary with the sword of the spirit, the shield of faith, and possess a heart that is on fire for the Lord.

-Andrew

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