The military, the defense of this country, and the battle strategies in this physical world are beyond what I can fully understand. But the notion of an enemy and the human nature to win over an enemy is a simple concept I do understand.
Whether we know it or not. Whether we like it or not. Whether we believe it or not, a spiritual battle exists. Wake up ladies and smell the sulfur. That is the distinct stench of the enemy of your soul. We are in the midst of a battle every day of our lives.
Have you ever encountered a demon? Not just the ones in your thoughts. Real ones. I mean, the unmistakable presence of an evil being. I have. I had one stand at the foot of my bed. It woke me up. After the initial jolt of fear I commanded it to leave in the name of Jesus. It did. Satan is not only the prince of the power of the air (Ephesians 2:2) but a real presence. He has a host of demons. And they are busy on this earth.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
When do we accept that God has given us everything we need for battle? When do we act on our responsibility? When do we take up the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, and use it as a weapon of warfare? Do you ever think about these things? I do. I don’t know what the scholars would say. I do believe, however, when the battle becomes a real thing, we who believe on Jesus, immediately know Who to call on.
God said to Cain in Genesis 4:7, “Sin is crouching at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Think about it. As far back as the first children born on earth, God is speaking of the work of Satan. That word ‘desire‘ not only implies sin is running after you, but it wants to run you down, run right over you.
Take up the armor Sister, it’s fierce out there. Take up the armor God has given you. These are the only weapons that work against an enemy we can’t even see. God has made these weapons available for us to use.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. (Ephesians 6:13-18)