II Corinthian 10:4 says: “For the weapons of our warfare are not physical but they are mighty before and for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.”
God has given us weapons that are to be used to overcome the devil and his strategies. However, we must know what they are and how to use them.
In Ephesians 6:11-13, it says: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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.”
God has given us weapons that are not physical, but spiritual because the devil is a spirit (spirit of darkness, deception, and wickedness). His goals are to:
1. Steal the truth
2. Kill one’s faith in the Word of God
3. Destroy one spiritually
In order for the spiritual weapons God has given us to work, you must do what the Word of God says in Ephesians 6:11-13. “Put on God’s whole armor” so that you will be able to successfully stand up against the strategies of deceits of the devil.
It is important to put on God’s complete armor, and not just part of it. Some people may have on the helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the gospel of peace, but not have the shield of faith (quenches the flaming missiles of the wicked), or the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God in their heart). Consequently, they are not properly and 100% armed (prepared to fight and overcome the devil victoriously). This is why the devil can defeat them. The Word of God says that in Habbakuk 2:4, “The just shall live by faith . . .”
Some people may have on all pieces of the armor of God except “praying at all times”. Again, they are not completely and 100% armed to be a winner over the strategies and deceits of the devil. ALL PIECES OF THE SPIRITUAL ARMOR ARE CRITICAL IN DEFENDING AND OVERCOMING THE DEVIL, so that you can triumph (be victorious).
When you are not complete and 100% armed with God ‘s spiritual armor, you leave an opening for the devil to come in and attack. For example, if you don’t have the “shield of faith”, then the devil is using worry and doubt to defeat you. Before, when you needed money to pay your electric bill, you trusted in God to supply the money. But now that the economy has slowed down, and your cashflow has decreased, you are worried about how you are going to pay your bills.
But you can defeat worry and doubt by developing faith in the Word of God. This is achieved by using the R-Reading, S-Studying, and M-Meditating method. This will increase your knowledge and understanding of the Word of God. Hosea 4:6 says “My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge . . .”
God wants you to keep growing in the knowledge of God’s Word (Truth) and as you do, you will grow in faith. So be sure that you have on the Whole Armor of God, and not just pieces of it. Then and only then will you triumph (be victorious) and grow in WISDOM = Knowing + Understanding the Word + Applying the Word of God.
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Karmen A. Booker has been called by God to exhort and teach others the Word of God. She is the founder of Wings of Love Women’s Ministries (WLWM), which is a teaching and evangelist ministry whose vision is to encourage and inspire people to accept and commit their lives to Jesus Christ so their lives will be transformed into righteousness, and they will experience unceasing love, joy, and peace
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