are people at war. According to Scripture, we are all warriors because we are in a war (Eph. 6:12)
- In war there will always be casualties.
- The enemy will do whatever to defeat you. The enemy wants desperately for you to retreat/surrender.
- War is hard. Battle is rarely won easily and without opposition/struggle.
Believers are in constant battle against darkness.
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10, 11 NLT)
We are NOT in a battle against the world, so we do not fight AS the world.
For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NLT)
We MUST FIGHT!
- We are either coming out of a battle..
- Entering a battle..
- Or training for the next battle..
If you don't feel like you are in any of these three stages, then you need to check your level of faith. Are you a fan of Jesus, or a follower? Followers are in the battle..fans watch from the outside, never entering the fight.
To fight, we must be equipped completely and correctly.
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. (Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT)
You WILL have victory (“..so you will be able to resist..”)
You need a “ready” position (“..stand your ground..”)
You need to remember the truth about you (belt of truth)
You need to forget the past and point to the cross (body armor of righteousness)
You need to remember what Christ has done for you so that you will keep fighting (shoes, peace from the Good News)
You need to be connected with fellow warriors (shield of faith, locking arms to have a better chance against the enemy's temptations)
You need to be secure in your salvation and fight like a warrior who is confident not insecure (helmet of salvation)
You will need the Word to fight with strength (sword of the Spirit, Word of God) There are no victorious warriors of Christ who aren't grounded in the Bible.
Prayer provides our strength.
Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (Ephesians 6:18 NLT)
The more we grow in The Lord, the more darkness we begin to see. The more darkness we begin to see, the harder and better we must fight!