ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR PASSION
He seeks to distract your desire for prayer, keeping you distracted from spiritual things.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR FOCUS
He disguises himself and manipulates your perspective so you end up directing your weapons at the wrong enemy.
2 Corinthians 11:14
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR IDENTITY
He magnifies your insecurities, leading you to doubt what God says about you.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR FAMILY
He wants to divide your family and home, leaving it in chaos, and restless.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR CONFIDENCE
He constantly reminds you of your past mistakes and bad choices, hoping to convince you that you’re under God’s judgment.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR CALLING
He amplifies fear, worry, and anxiety until they’re the loudest voices in your head, causing you to lose focus of your calling because you fear failure.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR PURITY
He tries to tempt you toward certain sins, convincing you that there is no consequence, knowing it will only create distance between you and God.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR CONTENTMENT
He hopes to overload your life and schedule, pressuring you to stay busy with the inability to say no.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR HEART
He uses every opportunity to keep old wounds at the top of your mind, knowing that anger, hurt, and unforgiveness will continue to roll the damage forward.
ENEMY ATTACKS YOUR RELATIONSHIPS
He creates disruption and a lack of unity within your circle of friends.
1 Timothy 2:8
//Lets put on the Full Armor of GOD.//
Ephesians 6: 13-18 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
BELT OF TRUTH
The Belt of Truth holds us together. Or, as John 8:32 states, the truth sets us FREE! I know that many of us tend make excuses or lies for things in our life.
When we step back, it is pretty easy to see that, when we believe them, we are standing on shaky ground. While believers are blessed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, when we believe these lies, we are listening to the Father of Lies (John 8:44).
Rather than fall prey to these lies hook, line, and sinker- put on your Belt of Truth! Ask yourself, “What does the Bible say about these excuses?”. Run these excuses past the Holy Spirit, your inner wisdom. Can you call yourself out on some lousy justifications? While it can be uncomfortable to notice and name our reasonings, it is much more uncomfortable to live a life lacking integrity. Know the truth and DO the truth.
BODY ARMOR OF RIGHTEOUSNESS
Body armor, or as it is often called, the breastplate, is meant to protect the warrior’s heart and vital organs. In Proverbs, we are instructed to guard the heart above all else for it determines the course of our lives. Here in Ephesians, we are told how to protect our hearts- with righteousness. Righteousness, in short, is right standing with God. Our righteousness is found because of and in our relationship with Christ. We are the apple of God’s eye (Psalm 17:8).
Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.
I don’t know about you but I often feel like a bad apple. Like, no matter how hard I try, I fall short. While it is true that without Christ we are “rotten to the core”, IN Christ we are shiny and new. But Satan is the accuser of the believer (Revelation 12:10) and he wants us to feel anything but righteous because he knows that wallowing in our failures will put a wedge between us and God.
How often do you find yourself turning to sin when you feel like you have “failed”? In those times when you get overwhelmed and feel like you will never measure up… This sin can become a source of solace and comfort when our self-talk turns sour.
It may feel like our only “escape” when we are bogged down with our works. When we get wrapped up in all of our inadequacies we have actually jumped the ship of grace into a sea of legalism. And, when we start to get legalistic about our performance, it places a wedge between us and God. You see, we can’t help but cast our disappointment in ourselves onto our Savior.
But, praise God, that is not how He feels and this is not how He intended us to live our lives!
Notice the negativity and take it to God. Dive into the Bible, the book with the final say-so, and see what it says about you. Cut yourself some slack and embrace the fact that you are human. You are 100%, beyond a shadow of a doubt, going to trip and fall on a daily basis. And, guess what, our Heavenly Father will pick you up and dust you off each and every time.
SHOES OF PEACE
Often some of our behaviors piggyback on stress, anxiety, depression, and a host of other unpeaceful emotions. Now, because we reside here on earth, we will encounter all of these states throughout our lives but we do not have to let them set up camp in our hearts and minds. There is a Solution- Light!
If we walk into a dark room, how do we “fight” it? Do we wrestle the darkness until it becomes light, using our ninja skills to force it into submission? No! We simply… turn on the light. Darkness can NOT exist in the presence of light.
1 John 1:5 This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in him at all.
In the same way, rather than fighting the desire to sin, we may bring Peace into our situation. God IS light and peace (Philippians 4:7). When we ask for Him to fill the space of our struggle, He will show up. Through praise, prayer, reciting the Word or quietness, He will meet you where you are. But, we do need to be proactive and put on our shoes of peace.
SHIELD OF FAITH
“Hold up the Shield of Faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil”. No doubt you and I have experienced our share of fiery arrows. There is no question that we are, in fact, IN a battle. If something is your area of weakness then you can bet that the enemy is going to throw any and every temptation your way.
When you buckle under the pressure, he notices. When you push through victoriously, he retaliates. I say this not to be discouraging but to encourage you to yield the shield. God has told us that we will have to fight and he has given us the tools to do so.
Galatians 4:23 So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves.
STEP INTO THE WATER
You are probably familiar with the story of the disciple Peter walking on water. Jesus had just finished teaching the multitudes and sent the disciples on their way while He stayed back to pray in private. As the disciples were crossing the sea, they saw what appeared to be a ghost walking upon the water. Jesus called out to ensure them not to be afraid. When Peter realized it was the Christ he said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” Then Jesus invited Peter to walk on the water with Him! Peter did so until he gave his attention to the boisterous wind. Then he began to sink and Jesus lifted him out of the water.
When Peter acted as if he could walk on the water, he did! When his attention got off what Jesus was calling him to do and onto his frailty, he began to sink.
While I know that this will sound painfully simple while also being incredibly difficult, sometimes we just need to “put on” our desired behavior by faith. For lack of a better word, we “pretend” that we are someone who is NOT dominated by sinful patterns because that is what God has told us.
This means imagining with whatever we are called to by stepping out in faith, with our eyes on the Lord to do so. We keep our eyes on Jesus each and every step of the way, blocking out what our adversary would have us focus on instead.
Our focus, of faith, is our shield.
HELMET OF SALVATION
A helmet is an invaluable piece of equipment. Not only in battle but for daily protection. Because a helmet protects that of high value, we wear one for any activity that may put us at risk of injuring our brains. Protecting our minds is serious business!
The battlefield is in the mind. No matter how we slice it, our problems are found in our perceptions. Don’t believe me? Look at the Apostle Paul who was imprisoned and shackled to a guard 24 hours a day. In the midst of his dire circumstances, we still find him praising and thanking God. He wore peace and contentment because he chose to wear the Helmet of Salvation.
Where one finds trials, another finds triumph. The difference lies in seeing the world through “salvation-colored glasses.”
PRAISE GOD, I’M SAVED!
How do we protect our minds with this God-given helmet? We glory in God’s gift of salvation. By thanking God for the blessings of being called His child we move our minds from a place of self-centeredness and discontentment to one of gratitude and praise. When we are humbled by the gift of eternal life, we are in the best position possible to make God-glorifying decisions.
SWORD OF THE SPIRIT
It is worth noting that Word of God, the Bible, is the only offensive piece in our armor. While God offers us divine protection, He also calls us to attack the enemy ourselves. For this, we do not need a physical sword, for the scriptures are powerful enough!
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.
If you have been fighting this battle for any time, chances are pretty good that you have considered the importance of having a scriptural backbone in your fight. And there are numerous powerful verses to call upon that get the heart to the matter.
Verses offer truth and freedom. However, as a sword does no good left in its sheath, so the Word remains ineffective if it is not drawn out and used.