We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
We are at war!
Believers struggle constantly against the pain, confusion and temptations of this world. The old adage “sex sells” is continually evolving in advertising, magazines and television, dulling our senses to true morality. Each day, acceptance is just a little easier. While we fight to overcome doubts and anxiety for the cares of this world, we forget that there is a very real spiritual battle for our eternal soul.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Complacent Christians “straddle the fence” rather than make a stand. As time passes, our beautiful country is becoming less of a Christian nation, while hatred and persecution against Christians is more prevalent than ever in its history. Our public schools teach humanism and creationism. Public Christian prayer is discouraged, although political correctness must allow other religions to do so. The notion of political correctness is quickly overcoming common sense and has weakened our government to the point where we have lost confidence in its ability to protect our freedoms and our very lives. Hate crimes, racial tension, and terrorism are definitely on the rise.
The Battle is Real!
Spiritual Warfare is certainly not a new phenomenon. It was introduced into our world when the serpent convinced Eve that eating forbidden fruit would make her like God. Temptation is always beautiful and captivating. It is always the perfect "fruit" to trap us with our own needs and desires. It is only after we succumb that we see the true ugliness behind the sham.
God has provided the means. . .
We are first introduced to the Armor of God in the Old Testament. God's chosen people were familiar with battle and battle armor.
For He put on righteousness as a breastplate, and a helmet of salvation on His head; He put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloak.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
The Whole Armor of God
Like the spiritual battle going on around us, the armor of God is real. It is an essential part of our Christian walk. We must put it on and keep on in order to fight the wiles of the devil.
The Battle is Real. Take up your armor and Put It On.
Kim Marie Johnson
Marie is an ordained minister. She is an author, artist, and designer. Marie enjoys teaching and speaking. Most important to her are her relationship with God, her three children and five grandchildren who inspire her every second of every day.