Since the beginning of creation we have been at war with the devil—an enemy who is powerful, merciless and cunning—and for the most part we have been getting clobbered; beaten left, right and center. What make the defeats particularly ignominious, especially today, are that they are at the hands of an enemy who has been defeated. There are many reasons why this is so. One reason is a lack of awareness about our enemy. How can we expect to succeed if we don’t understand who we face in battle and what the enemy’s strengths and weaknesses are? Another reason is…
A belt is what holds up our trousers. If it isn’t buckled tight, our trousers aren’t secured, and having them fall—as anyone who has ever had his trousers drop in public knows—is a sight both unseemly and embarrassing. The belt—the Belt of Truth in our armory—is what the enemy always goes for in battle, especially when it is at its fiercest. He knows that if he succeeds in cutting it loose, not only does he make us the laughing stock in the battlefield, he renders our defenses without power. Draw a mental picture of yourself waving a sword at Satan…
Merriam-Webster defines righteousness as acting in accordance with divine or moral law. Going by this definition, a Breastplate of Righteousness would mean living a law-fulfilling life according to both divine rules and moral ones. I wore such a breastplate for a few months early in my Christian journey and got skewered halfway to spiritual death before I realized that although I was wearing a Breastplate of Righteousness, it was not the one prescribed by God as part of His armor. That breastplate I had on was based on my own righteousness, not God’s! A breastplate of our own righteousness is…
During wartime, soldiers at the battlefront sleep with their shoes on. Should the need arise, they are ready to spring to their feet and swing into action immediately. A soldier who does not have his shoes on will waste valuable moments searching for them, and then, in his haste to put them on, might not secure them properly. This could cost him his life, as well as the lives of others. In the battle that we fight—against creatures that are not of flesh and blood—it is souls that we have to save. To be able to do this, we need…
If we are good Christians (read: people who do our best to emulate Christ in every way, not people who merely go to Church every Sunday), we are people that the enemy is mortally afraid of because he knows that we can cause his kingdom irreparable harm. Consequently, he will rain down arrows upon us without ceasing; flaming arrows that will burn us if they hit and bring us down. There is only one thing that can keep us entirely safe. It is the mighty shield; the Shield of Faith. The Old Testament is littered with stories of men who…
In a war, soldiers get injured. At times, the injuries can be severe. But while a soldier might survive a broken arm or a few fractured ribs, an injured head can debilitate his movements. A particularly hard blow to the head can immobilize him. The head covers our minds, and as we saw in the introduction to this booklet, our minds are the battlefield where war rages. This is what the enemy attacks most ferociously. It becomes essential, therefore, that we don protective headgear to safeguard our mind. God prescribes the Helmet of Salvation. But what is the Helmet of…
No war has ever been won by a defending army. The army to win has always been the army that went on the offensive, the army that attacked and advanced, the army that demolished the enemy’s strongholds, secured territory, and set prisoners of war free. Over the past few chapters, we have seen how the Armor of God—the Belt of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Gospel Shoes, the Shield of Faith and the Helmet of Salvation—can protect us from the attacks of the enemy. There is one weapon in the armory, however, that not only lets us defend ourselves,…
One of the most vital components of any war is maintaining constant communication with Command Headquarters. Not only does this communication allow us to request reinforcements should we need it, we have constant access to instructions on what we are required to do in a particular situation and, if we are in a position of leadership or on a special mission, access to vital intelligence. Lines that are free of interference obviously make for better communication. It is no different in our spiritual war, where prayer serves as our communication link with God, and keeping the lines static-free—having no unforgiveness…