2 Corinthians 10:4
Nearly twenty one years ago I found myself being stalked unmercifully. My husband, Don put in a new screen door with bars on it... he then replaced some windows with plate glass on the outside, chicken wire in the middle and non-shattering glass on the inside. When these ideas didn't work Don put an air conditioner wall unit in, so I could leave all doors and windows locked and closed. While I did appreciated all that he did... I felt like I was the one imprisoned.
In talking with our Pastor at the time, we all realized that only prayer would really work to alleviate the situation I was in. So our pastor, a few close friends with Don and I set out to pray... each of us learning how.. to do "Spiritual Warfare!" The stalking didn't stop for me immediately... but God brought me through some horrible situations... and we all agreed that... I was alive because God had honored those very prayers of battle.
Each morning I learned to get up and "put on" my Spiritual Armour, I put on the Girdle of Truth... and refused to believe the lies of fear, that Satan haunted me with. I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness... to guard my heart and mind from evil, now I was protected under the blood of Jesus Christ. I put on the Shoes of Peace so I could stand firm in the Word of Jesus Christ. I took up the Shield of Faith to be ready for the fiery darts of doubt, denial and deceit that Satan always uses. I put on the Helmet of Salvation, which was a reminder that I belonged to Jesus and He would do battle for me. Finally, I picked up the Sword of the Spirit, a two edged sword of God's Word... and placed it in my hands to expose the attack of Satan. (See Ephesians 6:10-18) I was now ready and prepared for day ahead of me.
There will always be trials and tribulations... that we as Christians will face. We need to know that this world is unscrupulous and it doesn't fight fair. However, as Christians... we must remember, we never have... and we never will... fight our battles the way this world does!! We must learn to get hold of the tools of God... tools that will break into pieces... the warped philosophies and dismantle our profoundly corrupt culture. God's tools aren't for display or scheming... but for building a spiritual life of obedience and maturity.
Our weapons are not physical but they are mighty before God to overthrow and destroy the strongholds in our lives. Our weapons are not worldly... but they are to capture rebellious thoughts and pride, so that we can become fully obedient. They are weapons that will defeat the tactics of Satan to kill our bodies. God's power can destroy the strong-holds that keep us from freely walking and living in the spirit on a daily basis.
We all must learn to trust Jesus... and know that we know... He has already won this war. He will be there when we are in desperate need for help from above. We can trust Him to send His mighty angels of valor... to break forth and fight valiantly for our cause. Our battle was won a long... long time ago... on a cross filled with Gods purpose and Love... and in a tomb that could not contain our Savior. We can declare it in our mind and our spirit... JESUS IS ALIVE and WELL... and He is our SALVATION... He is our DELIVERER and He alone is our RESTORATION!!! Can you say, "AMEN!"
Friend if you are struggling today... if it seems like you can't move on... if your burden has overwhelmed you... I pray that you will put on the full armour of God and trust Jesus to be your deliverer today!