As we looked last month at our mortal enemy Satan we see that he is a constant and relentless enemy that will stop at nothing in order to ruin the Christian’s testimony and witness by tempting us to be disobedient to our Lord’s commandments. It sounds so simple to just say no to him and to go about our business. We MUST remember that we are fighting against the 2nd most powerful being every created by God and that on our own strength we cannot withstand his attacks. This is even harder than we can imagine as we are unable to see the war and plan accordingly.
We must take a moment to assure everyone that if one is a truly born again Christian then Satan can in no way take away our salvation but he can definitely ruin our testimony and in many cases bring discipline upon us from God up to and including premature death. So do you still think the stakes are not high in this war even though we do not see or feel it? Think about ruining the witness we show our children and turning them away from Christ. It can and does happen. What about churches that do not preach and teach obedience? It can and does happen. There does not have to be victims of this war if only we do what God tells us through the Apostle Paul.
In Ephesians chapter 4, Paul tells us walk in a manner worthy of the calling which you have been called and to walk in a manner that is no longer in the futility of your mind. We should no longer give into the futility of our lusts by laying aside our old selves so that we will not give Satan any opportunities and not grieve the Holy Spirit. Sounds pretty easy, just forget the old and walk in the newness of life. Even the Apostle Paul had trouble doing that as he states in Romans chapter 7 that he in his body is doing the exact thing he hates and does what he does not want to do. Believe me in saying that if the Apostle Paul had trouble with that then we are hopeless.
Ephesians chapter 2 starts the way out of all this mess with some of the greatest words Paul ever wrote, BUT GOD. God knew we were powerless in our own selves against Satan and He made a way for us to actually be victorious in this war. Eph 2: 4-5 states But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ ( by grace you have been saved). Did you catch that? We must be saved by God’s grace. We only have the power by being alive in Christ. That sounds pretty easy, except when you really dive into scripture to see what that entails. We MUST give ourselves wholly and totally over to the will of God. Then and only then will we have any access to the weapons to fight this war. But that is still not the end of how we fight this battle. Let us go to Ephesians chapter 6 to find out what these weapons are and how we use them
This month we will look at all the weapons by reading Ephesians 6: 10-20 and in the following months we will look at each one in more depth and how we can utilize them not only for ourselves but to help our brothers and sisters in Christ.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
14 Stand firm therefore, HAVING GIRDED YOUR LOINS WITH TRUTH, and HAVING PUT ON THE BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS,
15 and having shod YOUR FEET WITH THE PREPARATION OF THE GOSPEL OF PEACE;
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,
19 and pray on my behalf, that utterance may be given to me in the opening of my mouth, to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel,
20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. (Ephesians 6:10-20, NASB)
Remember that we first must be saved by the grace of God to be able to access these weapons. Not only should be proclaim the Gospel to all our family and friends but Christ commands us to do so. Let us all make a goal this month to talk with everyone we know about the need for Christ and his saving grave so we can then have more soldiers to help in this war. Believe me that Satan will be hard at work recruiting more for his side. Till next month Grace and Peace to you
In His Service,