10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
Spiritual warfare- If you don’t think you are being affected by it- you are wrong. You may not realize what it is, but it is there. Satan is busy with his evil minions trying to pit brother against brother and sister against sister. Do you think Satan wants to see all of this work being done for God? NO HE DOESN’T!!!!!!! The more work we do as a church family, the harder he works to get his toe into the tiniest little crack. That toehold can turn into a stronghold if we aren’t careful. We MUST recognize the devil’s schemes. He creates chaos and confusion, disharmony, untrust and bitterness. Then who gets to carry all of that around on their shoulders? Satan? NO! We do. It is heavy and it hurts. I am reminded of a Bethel concept. It is a picture of a man burdened with the weight of disharmony. It’s awful. He is wading in the murky waters of wickedness with this load of ugliness on his back. He is tired and dirty. When we are doing the work that God has commanded us to do Satan gets busy trying to get into any area of our life that he can. The more we desire God the harder Satan works to get us to stumble. We MUST not fall for these tricks.
The scripture in Ephesians 6 says “WHEN” the day of evil comes….not “if.” It also says WHEN we put on God’s armor WE WILL BE ABLE to stand our ground. Not “if.” There are no “if’s” with God. WHEN we act- this or that WILL happen depending on HOW we react. So, HOW are we REACTING to the devil’s schemes? Believe me, he is at work in places we haven’t even thought about yet. He never rests and this is why we should never, ever, ever rest from praying for one another.
We are to PRAY on ALL occasions with ALL kinds of prayers. We are to BE ALERT and ALWAYS keep praying for ALL the Lord’s people. There are people that we find it hard to pray for but we MUST always PRAY for ALL people. It’s not about US-it’s about following God’s directions. When we put on God’s armor we WILL be able to stand our ground. God’s armor is ALL inclusive. Not part of it, but ALL of it. Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness, Feet of Readiness, Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation and the Sword of the Spirit. He has readied us for battle. Let us battle against the devil’s schemes, not against each other. Shame on us if we do. WE are on GOD’S side. He is our LEADER. Our COMMANDER. We are to extinguish every flaming arrow that comes at us with the shield of faith. Do you have your shield covering you? I pray that we all do. I drop mine every now and then and sometimes it takes another person to remind me to pick it back up and fight. This post is my reminder to you!