The Personal Journey 365, Armor up
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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… Ephesians 6:12-12, NIV
And the battle begins. To maintain a blind eye to the fact that we are in a major Spiritual battle is tantamount to giving our lives over without a thought to hopeless oblivion. To continue to beat each other up with quarreling, unforgiveness, and strife is too lose not only the battle, but the war. There is Spiritual wickedness that we must acknowledge to even begin to do battle. Oxford scholar, and former atheist, C.S. Lewis, wrote:
“There are two equal and opposite errors into which our race can fall about the devils. One is to disbelieve in their existence. The other is to believe and to feel an excessive and unhealthy interest in them. They themselves are equally pleased by both errors…
As believers in Jesus Christ, we have the necessary Armor to do battle even of epic proportions. The problem is that most believers remain unaware of just what they do possess as Holy Spirit-filled ambassadors of Christ. Satan and his cohorts’ battle strategy consist of lies, deceit and division. It is their continual means of keeping believers off focus, thusly vulnerable to major attacks. Uniformly, when we begin to become aware of what is transpiring all around us, the attacks seem to become relentless. Most cunningly adaptive, the Enemy’s best lie is that one degree from truth for which many theologies have been based.
Divide and conquer, the basic battle strategy of any successful wartime leader is the quickest means of victory, especially in Spiritual warfare. Singularly separated, alone and wallowing in self-pity, the field-day of abuse begins to descend from every direction. As the Enemy succeeds in dividing families, the basic God-designed and ordained unit, then the ripple effect of division permeates throughout communities building into tidal waves of separation effecting all the way to our nations.
The only means of winning a war for which we are out-gunned and overrun by any means of earthly discernment is simply surrender. This humbling surrender is a one-day-at-a-time act of will to our Savior, Jesus Christ. By first surrendering our current understanding, we discover that we can trust God in a very personal way to cover all of our needs. From this revelation builds the faith needed not to ignore or walk away from any of life’s trials, but rather stand through to the finish in resounding victory. Triumphantly we declare that we are more than conquerors through our Lord, Jesus Christ (Romans 8:37), suited with the complete Armor of God standing firmly with each other to the end.
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Regina M. Dick
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