It is possible to be a genuine Christian and at the same time live your life in defeat. It’s possible to be a Christian as well as a good churchgoing boy or girl or man or woman and still not live a victorious life in Christ.
Yes, I know how ridiculous that sounds given the supernatural resources a Christian has at his or her disposal. On the other hand, you know that what I am saying is true because you have seen proof of it with your own eyes.
Having been a preacher and pastor for over 35 years, I have certainly seen my share of Christians who seem to live under the hand of the Devil.
This happens when believers fail to put on the whole Armor of God (breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, sword of the Spirit, etc.).
In his letter to the church at Ephesus, Paul the apostle wrote these words: “Put on the whole armor 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….” (Ephesians 6:11-12).
These words convey reasons why it is a must for us to put on the whole armor of God in order to stand against the devil. The key phrase is “put on.” Every Christian has access to the whole armor of God. But if we fail to put it on by clothing our lives with it, it will do us no good.
Three Reasons We Must Put on the Whole Armor of God
1. Only the whole armor of God can accomplish the stated objective, “that you may be able to stand.” A clear implication of these words is that if you don’t put on the armor of God you won’t be able to stand.
Paul was not writing to the Ephesians about how to be saved but about how to stand against the devil. The point is that in your own strength you are no match for the devil.
You may be a genuine believer and faithful churchgoer. You may even be a preacher of the gospel. But if you live your life void of faith in God and void of applying the Word of God and prayer, etc; you are living your life in your own strength.
The instructions are clear: in order to stand against the devil, you must put on the whole armor of God.
2. The nature of the enemy dictates how you must fight. You don’t get to choose how to fight in order to win. It is the nature of the enemy that determines that. Ask any military general or any coach of professional sports. The strategy that works on one opposition may not work on another one.
Our enemy is the devil. Forget everything you learned about how to fight in the past. “We wrestle not against flesh and blood.” Hence, your physical strength is not a factor. Your human wisdom will get you nowhere when fighting the devil. He is the real enemy, and nothing works on him but divine arsenal.
3. You are always engaged in warfare. The devil is always fighting you. He is our adversary who goes about seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). At times his assault is so intense you know he’s on your case.
But understand that our enemy the devil is relentless. Even when it seems as if he is paying you no mind, you do well to assume that he is. He is always looking for or trying to create an occasion in your life to take you out. That’s why you must don yourself with the whole armor of God to protect your total person.
Think about what’s happening in our world today. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. Knowing his days are numbered, the enemy is ramping up his assaults against the people of God.
Paul’s instructions to the believers at Ephesus were not an option but a must if they wanted to be able to stand against the devil and his wiles. If that was true then, how much more so is it true today if we want to live a victorious life in Christ?
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