Tuesday, December 01 2020
OUR WEAPONS OF WAR
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles (schemes) of the devil. 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. 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. Ephesians 6:10-13
Although it is doubtful that you will ever engage Satan himself, be warned that there are more than enough devils to go around. Remember one third of the angelic host followed Satan in his rebellion toward God that led to his expulsion from Heaven.
There are tens of thousands of these angelic creatures assigned to rob, kill and destroy mankind and we have been given specific weapons and armor to protect ourselves. As the scripture states, we wrestle against Principalities or fallen angels assigned to a specific area, the territory of a Prince. Powers are referred to powers of the air as in Ephesians 2:1. Rulers are world lords or cruel taskmasters in I john 5:19. World forces and spiritual forces are also defined as rulers of the world.
The Word instructs us to put on the whole armor of God so that we can stand against the schemes of the devil, but the armor is not put on as you would put on a suit of clothes. The armor is given to each of us who are born again and as we exercise its use it begins to grow and becomes stronger the more we utilize it! It is like working out, the more you do, the stronger you get!
We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one. I John 5:19
Your servant in Christ, Timothy Laughlin