Ephesians 6:10-11, 14-18
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes… Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.

In today’s day and age when wars are being fought using technology rather than weapons and weapons are smaller, more powerful and more devastating, talk of the armor of God seems futile. The war that Paul is getting us to be armed for is not one fought with arms and ammunition of this world because the ones we are to fight are not human, but the war we are to fight is the war against the evil forces in the heavenly realms, unseen to the human eye but real and powerful. Satan is powerful enough to have blinded the world from seeing the truth about God and cunning enough to have driven us to vain pursuits of money, power, possessions, etc. all of which never seem to be enough and will take us to the grave unsatisfied. How are we, as mere humans supposed to fight this battle?

To fight a war, we need to know our enemy and since we were once on that side, we know what pleases and upsets the enemy. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, Holy Spirit, Word of God are all things that the enemy hates. However, these are things that are also alien to us because we have lived our lives speaking lies, disobeying God, causing conflict, putting our faith in everything but God and so to be on God’s side, our first act is to submit ourselves to God for His Holy Spirit to work in us and cleanse us. Then only can we live lives transformed by the Holy Spirit that effectively fight the battle against the forces of evil. Are you in God’s army and if so, are you trying to fight the battle in your own strength or His?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Isaiah 59:17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.

Comments
  1. Thanks Vineet, for reminding us that this life here is a war and we need to be submitted to our Leader. . .in His army, ready for battle. I tend to want to forget about that aspect. God bless you as you serve Him and us! deb

  2. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    Thank you for pointing out this very important passage that highlights the importance of arming oneself with the weapons of the Spirit. The war we are at is not imaginary, it is real and if we are not committed to being prepared, we will quickly wilt and fade. The enemy is very sneaky and able, but our lives of sin make us able to think as he thinks to anticipate his traps and avoid them when being guided by the Spirit. Thanks brother. God Bless
    Jim
    P.S. Have you moved into new house yet? Hope your family is doing well.

  3. Vineet,

    In a strange way, my heart leaped when I read your scripture verse today. God…is fighting our battles…but we need to be armed with the right tools. Thank you for the new hope..as we battle on in Him.

    God is Good! You are blessed.

    Gladwell

  4. Vineet, I have been reminded many times by the Spirit, when I feel like I am in a battle or struggle with another human, that the real battle is with the forces of darkness in the heavenly realms. I have been reminded that the human I am struggling against most likely has been blinded to the truth by those forces and if I am to win the real battle I must put on the armor of God. I love this passage of scripture in Ephesians, and you have reminded me that it is time to revisit it and meditate on it again. Peace, Linda

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