Ephesians 6:10-13 ERV; To end my letter I tell you, be strong in the Lord and in his great power. Wear the full armor of God. Wear God’s armor so that you can fight against the devil’s clever tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth. We are fighting against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness. We are fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places. That is why you need to get God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
Last night at church, we heard a powerful teaching about spiritual warfare, specifically in dealing with the spirit of witchcraft. I will list the 10 things given, not to focus on those things, but to remind us all that we are fighting a spiritual battle that sometimes manifests with physical symptoms:
- Spirit of confusion-can’t think straight
- Quitting-leave, move, done
- Isolation-step away, makes you look unfaithful and undependable
- Magnifying Faults-in others, in yourself
- Weakness, Heaviness & fatigue-physically tired, no energy, any little stress wipes you out
- Vain Imaginations-Any thoughts to keep your mind occupied
- Fear-sometimes paralyzing
- Old Sicknesses Return-What you had got victory over before, returns to you
We can’t escape opposition. We are part of the remnant and there WILL be battle but we must recognize that even with physical symptoms, it’s a battle that must be won in the spirit realm. That’s what Paul was writing to the Ephesians, it’s not about what you see, hear of feel in the natural, it’s all connected to what’s happening in the spirit realm and we must arm ourselves with Gods mighty armor. Don’t allow the enemy to lull you into forcing your focus on what’s going on in your family, your finances, your future. Don’t let him rob you of your peace and strength by creating such a storm that you’re afraid to get out of the boat. Put your armor on and fight!
Ephesians 6:14-18: So stand strong with the belt of truth tied around your waist, and on your chest wear the protection of right living. On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong. And also use the shield of faith (faith in a God that is able!) with which you can stop all the burning arrows that come from the Evil One. Accept God’s salvation as your helmet (Know who you are in Christ and what He has redeemed you from). And take the sword of the Spirit—that sword is the teaching (Word) of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times (If you don’t understand this, read Acts and ask for your prayer language). Pray with all kinds of prayers, and ask for everything you need. To do this you must always be ready. Never give up. Always pray for all of God’s people. (added by me)
Nowhere in the Bible does it say you to believe on the Lord Jesus and go back to living life as usual. It says, “Follow Me!” If you want to know what that life looks like, read the gospels. Find out how our Lord walked, his life of prayer, how he listened and obeyed, served, ministered, healed, was attacked for his words and deeds, dealt with the devil over and over again, didn’t give up or quit! That’s why our prayer life is so important and that’s why the devil will try every distraction possible to keep you from doing it. Like Paul, I pray in the spirit every chance I get; in the car, the shower, at my desk, in the bed during the night, doing dishes, when my mind is idle. I won’t give my thought life time to discourage me, depress me, make me hopeless. I’m through with that life! Doesn’t mean that the devil doesn’t try, I just give him no place to land. As soon as he tries, I swat him with the Word of God.
Just like you, my life has not been easy. I’ve had him attack my friendships, my marriage, my children, my grandchildren, my finances, my job, my finances again (probably because we’re givers!), my children again, my husband relentlessly, my mind constantly but here’s the key, I recognize that it’s the enemy and when I pull out the Word and throw it at him and he know’s that I know and have faith in that Word to deliver me, he HAS to leave. So I encourage you, the remnant to hang on by your fingernails if you have to. Find a partner in prayer who will help you battle through in times when you’re weary. Don’t just go to church, go to prayer. Get in the Word for ammunition. Fast if you have to, some things only come out by prayer and fasting. I know it’s hard, I like to eat too, but if you’re dealing with a resistant spirit, you gotta do what you gotta do.
If you’re a blood bought child of God, if you’re alive and breathing, the devil is after you, but he’ll only attack those who are really a threat to him and his territory, those who know the Word and how to use it. Just remind him that he’s already defeated and there’s a place for him-hell, his final resting place. HA! WE WIN!!!