Every day we are all engaged in an active battle, BUT not in a physical sense. The battle is spiritual. (I touched on what the Word says about this in last week’s post.)
Ephesians 6:12 (AMP) “For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotism’s, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere”.
If you were going into a physical battle, you would gear up from head to toe in full armor. Well then, why would you not enter into a spiritual battle in the same way? You should gear up for Kingdom warfare!
So, let’s take a look at our Kingdom battle gear! Ephesians 6:
V:14 “Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,”
Truth and sincerity are the girdle which holds the spiritual armor together. Then the breast plate of righteousness fortifies the heart against Satan’s attacks.
V:15 “and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;”
Obedience & peace in the midst of the trials of life only comes from clear knowledge of the gospel. This takes us back to seeking Him first, Matthew 6:33.
V:16 “above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.”
Faith is relying totally on the unseen with a trust that says “No matter what, I will not waiver!” Life is full of fiery darts that are daily trying to side track you and take you off course.
V:17 “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;”
The helmet covers that place which becomes a battleground of some really great wars. All sin starts as a thought. So it makes sense that we most protect the mind. The last piece of gear, but certainly not least, is the Sword of Spirit. It is the very Word of God, the instruction book of life. There has been no greater success book, romance novel, or adventure ever written. Matthew 6 verse 33 tells us “to seek first the Kingdom” and that is done through prayer and study time in the Word. Every question and every problem has an answer to it, and it is in the Word.
All the Armor of God works from the inside out, which again is where Satan works. I believe this is why in verse 13 where it says “take up”, we must make the decision to “take up” the Armor of God. The gear has been issued and the battlefield is in full swing, but only the strong kingdom minded ones that take up their armor, will be victorious.
All the pieces of this Armor have such great detail and importance. Therefore, I encourage you today to “take up” the Sword of the Spirit, the Word; to read it daily and meditate on it. This is an investment that will yield back into your life a bountiful harvest forevermore.
So eyes up, and gear up! Take the battle of life head on! Live each day with no regrets!