The war that is the Christian life is ever present. Evil powers, rulers and satan are relentlessly CONSTANT in their pursuit to destroy anything and anyone that belongs to God. You win one battle? Be prepared to have it come back at you with 10x the force. You go on offense against these dark rulers and share the gospel with words? Be alert on your defense from their attacks. It’s a raging war on both sides, but “he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4). So take courage, put on your defensive gear and gospel shoes, draw out God’s Word and FIGHT with his strength!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 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 firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak. 🐘