“Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser.” (Ephesians 6:11)
We don’t have to search around to find this armor Paul speaks of. God gives it to us. He provides His own battle gear for us to put on. We need to be fully armed and protected every day. The word “devil” means false accuser or slanderer. There are physical battles yes, but the ones we face spiritually with the enemy of our souls are much more dangerous. When we let the lies of the devil sway us to believe falsely, we give him a foothold in our life. He has a strategy to thwart God’s plan for our life, but we are more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) with the protection of God’s love!
When I let my guard down, the arrows of the enemy pierce me. Sometimes they hurt, and sometimes they are masked as pleasure. When I let the lies entertain me as truth, I begin to turn away from God. I look to the things Satan uses to draw me away. I begin to worry, or feel entitled. I spin negative thoughts in my mind or nurse the painful wounds. I begin to doubt God’s promises or take for granted all that He has blessed me with in my life. My struggle is not with the people, flesh and blood, but against the powers of darkness that move in the world. “Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage.” (Ephesians 6:12) No matter how crazy that sounds to the ears of the world, I know that it is true. And God has given me all that I need to fight back. And fight well.
Lord, Your word is amazing, alive, and full of truth. Just reading these scriptures today empowered and equipped me to stand stronger and recognize the subtle ways of the devil trying to take me out. I put on Your full armor and stand in the light of Your truth. Help me to stay alert and pray in the gap for others. In Jesus’ name amen.