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Today’s guest blogger is Laura Motola. As we focus on spiritual warfare with our memory verses for February, Laura will be sharing her reflections on spiritual warfare.
In 2 Kings 6:15-17, we read,
“When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. ‘Oh, my lord, what shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ’O LORD, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”
If only our eyes could be opened and we could see the spiritual battle going on around us! We are at war! The enemy of our souls wants to destroy us. He wants our Christian lives to be ineffective and unproductive. He wants us to feel unworthy and unloved. He wants us to hold on to bitterness and resentment, and to feel anxious and afraid. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor.15:37). One of the ways we can have victory is to put on the armor of God.
When we put on the belt of truth, we do not fall prey to the enemy’s lies. We hold fast to the truth that we are children of God (John 1:12,1 John 3:1), that He will watch over us and keep us from harm (Ps. 121:5,7), that we have been justified by the blood of Jesus and saved from God’s wrath (Rom. 5:9), that we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (Rom. 8:37).
When we put on the breastplate of righteousness, we guard our hearts. Our hearts so easily go astray. We harbor unforgiveness, anger and malice. James 4:8 tells us to purify our hearts. We need to cry out to God as David did, “Create in me a pure heart, O God”
(Ps. 51:10). Romans 3:10 tells us that “there is no one righteous, not even one”, yet, Philippians 3:9 tells us that we can have righteousness: “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God is by faith.”
With our feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, we can have “the peace that will transcend all understanding” (Phil. 4:7).
We must take up the shield of faith so that we can extinguish all the arrows of the evil one, whether they be arrows of pride, doubt, fear, depression or temptation. We must use our faith, because “This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” (2 Cor. 1:24).
With our helmet of salvation on, our minds are protected. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom. 12:2). We must set our minds on thoughts that are noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8).
By taking the sword of the Spirit, the word of God, by knowing Scripture, we can know truth, guard our hearts from unrighteousness, have God’s peace, fight off attacks to our faith, and protect our minds (see Ps. 119:11,60,165; 2 Tim.3:15,16).
We can pray these things for ourselves and for others. Right after describing the armor of God in verses 14 through 17 of Ephesians, Paul tells us to “pray in the Spirit on all occasions” and to “keep on praying for all the saints.” Prayer is part of our arsenal.
By clothing ourselves with this armor, we are not only standing against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, but we are clothing ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ (Rom. 13:14):
We are to put on the belt of truth.
In Ps. 31:5, the LORD is called the God of truth.
In John 14:7, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
In John 14:17;15:26;16:13, the Counselor is promised, the Spirit of truth.
We are to put on the breastplate of righteousness
In Ps. 36:6, David praises the LORD, saying, “Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.”
In Acts 7:52;22:14 and in 1 John 2:1, Jesus is called “The Righteous One.”
Our feet are to be fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace
Rom. 15:33;16:20, Phil. 4:9, 1 Thess. 5:23 and Heb. 13:20 name “the God of Peace.”
We are to take up the shield of faith
Over 16 times in the Psalms, we read that God is our shield.
We are to take the helmet of salvation
Jesus’ name in Hebrew is Jehoshua, which means “Jehovah(the LORD) is salvation.”
“Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
We are to take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God
Dt. 33:29 tells us that the LORD “is your glorious sword.”
And Who is the Word of God? John 1:1 tells us it is JESUS!
By guarding our minds and hearts, by knowing the Word, by praying with all kinds of prayers and requests, we allow the Spirit to transform us into His likeness (2 Cor.3:18). Is this not God’s plan for us? He desires us “to be conformed to the likeness of His Son” (Rom. 8:29), and tells us we are to “be imitators of God” (Eph. 5:1). We imitate Him by immersing ourselves in His truth, in His righteousness, in His peace. We know that He is a warrior (Ex. 15:3) and therefore we too must be warriors. We must be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power (Eph. 6:10). He gives us the strength, because He is our Strength (Ps. 22:19; Ps. 59:9,17)!
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