We are called to live a victorious life. A life which glorifies our creator. We cannot be victorious unless we overcome something. We do have battles to fight and strongholds to conquer. Many of us prefer to ignore this reality of conflict and state of war. We face setbacks in our spiritual journey, but do not realize that there is an enemy working behind those failures. God has called us to be victorious through Jesus Christ. He gave us all provisions to be conquerors. It will be beneficial to realize the reality of our battle and the provisions God has given us to be victorious.
Reality of battle:
Bible warns us about the fight against satan and his hosts. But many of us downplay the fact that satan is plotting all possible ways to attack our mind. If someone is trying to destroy you and setting all possible traps to accomplish, will you just ignore and assume everything is alright? Of course not, we don’t want to be ignorant and fall right in to the traps. We will try our best to avoid and will fight to overcome the enemy. But in the battle against satan, many of us just ignore our enemy and walk right in to the traps everyday.
Satan is plotting and attacking our mind fiercely and in every possible opportunity. We get hit hard and the sad part is, we don’t even realize that we are getting slaughtered every day. We continue to accept the failures and hurts as a way of life. Aren’t we called to be victorious? Aren’t we called to be conquerors? how can we live a victorious life if we ignore the reality of our conflict with satan?
Think of the reasons you had setbacks in your spiritual journey. Let’s see, we are too busy to spend time in prayer and in the word of God, we are confused about our future, we have so much distractions to focus on spiritual walk, we have too little or too much money to have worry, we are jealous on others success, we have family problems and so on.
Satan knows where to hit and when to hit to have maximum impact. Many times we are too slow to step back and realize why we are failing. He has control on this world system to manipulate and make it his weapon. Our reasons may look genuine and hard to fight. But at the core, each attack is aimed at our relationship with God. When we succumb, we feel disconnected from God, hopeless, doubtful, confused and depressed. You see, invisible battle is hard to fight, but there is good news!
Provision for battle:
Paul said “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might“. We are fighting against the hosts of satan. We cannot overcome by our strength, but only by the power of God. The power which raised Christ from dead. God has given us this power when we trust Christ and the holy spirit strengthens our inner man to be able to stand firm against our enemy. Are we depending on our strength or in Christ?
Filled with God’s power, we need to put on the whole armor of God to protect against the nasty blows from the enemy. We need to use our weapons to cut through enemy lines. Apostle Paul wrote about six pieces in the armor of God to protect our essential aspects of spiritual life and move forward. Belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoes of the Gospel of Peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation and sword of the spirit.
Belt of truth, Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life” (john 14:6). Yes, when we make our hearts a dwelling place for Christ, his truth fills all aspects of our life. We are living in times when truth is based on how we define. Apart from God, everything else will eventually turn to be a lie. When our life is filled with God’s truth, we will not be lured by the deceptive attacks from satan. He is very cunning and deceptive. Do you have this armor in place?
Breastplate of righteousness, God by his grace made us righteous through Christ’s righteousness. We are called to walk in his light living a holy life. When our life reflects God light, we don’t give any foot hold for satan. When we are vulnerable, we can be sure that we will be attacked. Paul said goodness, righteousness and truth are the fruits of light. Everyday, when we are filled with his light, it will change our lives for better.
Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, In the midst of fierce attacks from satan, many of us feel depressed but our hope needs to be in the gospel of peace. It is the blessed hope that we have peace with God. This sure foundation gives us confidence to stand firm and take ground against satan. All fears and doubts will be removed knowing that our heavenly Father is on our side. Shield of faith, For all the fiery darts coming our way, we have the shield of faith to protect us. Think of the times when we are troubled, confused, anxious and depressed. We did not use the shield of faith as a defense. We let the arrows hit us and feel the pain. We need to hold on and grow in faith to better defend ourselves from the enemy.
Helmet of salvation, By grace we are saved and given eternal life. One of the effective weapon in satan’s arsenal is to attack our mind with doubts about our salvation. We need to put on the helmet of salvation to protect our minds from all the blows and be confident of what God have given us as a gift of his grace. Everyday we need to get sanctified becoming more like Christ.
Sword of the spirit, God has given his word as a defensive and offensive weapon against attacks. Jesus showed us a model when he used against satan’s temptation. Holy spirit gives us wisdom and understanding to make God’s word part of our life. Are we using this living word to move forward and destroy the enemy?
Many of us know about armor of God very well but don’t apply to everyday life. It doesn’t profit us if we just have head knowledge. Armor of God is practical aspect of Christian living. All aspects of the armor must in place and ready to use all the times. We cannot let our guard down. We are more than conquerors in Christ and have everything needed for living a victorious life. When we submit to God in prayer everyday, the Holy spirit will take control and help us to use the armor to be victorious.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, – Ephesians 6:10-17