Out of sight, out of mind - a common expression. Is that the case with our adversary, the devil? Do we not realize the daily threat he poses to our life? 1 John 5:19-20. The whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has come and given us understanding. Our enemy is very real and very active in this world. We must, therefore, put on the full armor of God, Eph. 6:10-17. We must do so that we may be able to stand firm against the powers of darkness. Our adversary is intent on our spiritual demise. The battle is not against flesh and blood. This is about spiritual life and death. Observations from this text:
1. This is a serious engagement.We are sufficiently equipped for success.We have superior ends in view. This is not a fight for land or territory but for immortality and eternity, for souls
2. Gear up, victory is ours if we will put on the full armor that is at our disposal, namely: - The helmet of salvation. - The breastplate of righteousness - The belt of (absolute) truth - the basis of our defense - The sword of the Spirit - this is an effective weapon we can use to be proactive in the battle. - The shield of faith - we have divine assistance. We have to have a daily connection, daily devotion, with Him. - Feet protected by the gospel - delight and joy Note: - We need to perceive the adversary’s presence. We have an enemy. This is personal. He is opposed to all that God declares is good.His pawns may be closer than you think, the people he uses to influence us for wrong. You may not even perceive them as such. Jesus even said to Peter, one of His closest advisors, get behind me Satan. He may use someone very close to us, someone we trust, to try to bring us down.
- His favorite words are compromise, rationalize, and justify. He will try to get you to slowly let your guard down. Here’s a dangerous thought that many people have - this can’t be wrong because I do it.
- If we put on the full armor, the devil is powerless to defeat us, to conquer the faithful. The devil is not afraid of people going to church, he is afraid of people starting to look like Jesus.
Avoid isolation. We need each other. There is strength in numbers. We can win this battle! Run in such a way that you win, Paul says in 1 Corinthians. Stay fighting. Gear up!