’11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.’
Therefore, in our everyday life, our problems are not with people. Not with our family members, loved ones, friends, bosses, politicians, and the list goes on, but with the spirit working behind or rather in them.
When you decided to dedicate your life to the Father and Jesus, then the god of this world, its prince, whom the Bible calls by name in 2 Corinthians 4:4 saying:
In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.’
In other words, we were very good for Satan when we were unbelievers and did not see the glorious Gospel of our Lord Jesus. But we see it as Satan sees us and this is what creates hostility between the followers of Jesus and the children of this world, who do not accept Jesus as their lord and savior. Ephesians 6 prepares us for this battle, to see beyond the hostility and fight our battles in the Spirit.
The Bible also gives us guidance from the Father on this, namely the entire Romans 12, of which let me show you two passages, but I also ask you to read and re-read the entire chapter.
And the words are as follows:
‘Rom 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
Rom 12:21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.’
Now I would like to return to what is written in Ephesians, which is the main message of this writing. There is a battle, which I did not mention at the beginning, which is perhaps a bit different from the above and also more difficult.
This is your inner battle.
The battle where the god of this world wants to force you to give up your faith, perhaps also what we can know well from the story of Job, precisely from Job 2:9 where we read: ’Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.”’
We know well from the whole story that Job cried out strongly in his faith and perhaps this phase of his life
was the trial of his faith, where he was able to run his race as Paul also wrote in these wonderful words: 2 Tim 4:7 – 8
’7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith.
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.’
I think Job deserved to emerge from the many afflictions, both physical pains and spiritual pains, such as the loss of his children, the scorn of his friends, the loss of his wealth. All these could be taken from him by Satan, but one thing he could not take, the most important one, his faith. When you are in an inner battle with the prince of this world, do not forget before you how many great warriors of our Father stood these trials and as the chapter of Job closes, God gave back twice everything to Job from what he had lost.
Job 42:10 And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.
When you read these lines and recognize yourself in any of the lines, that yes, this is in my life, then know how to put on the whole armor of God. Let truth gird you around, let peace be your shaft, use your faith as a shield before you, let the helmet of salvation be on your head, and wield in your hand the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
1 Thess 5:9 For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
My service is not tied to a place, not located under a country or street name, and not hidden behind a phone number. I serve my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, growing in Him day by day, being transformed from my old self to become like Christ.