This world has seen many, many wars and battles among men. Nation against nation. Peoples against peoples. Physical warfare. Fights. Weapons. Victory and defeat. We still see wars and battles being played out among men today. There have been critical wars throughout history with great consequences. Peoples have come and gone. Nations rise and fall. The world continues on.
But there has been a war being fought since the beginning of time that is far greater than any physical war among men. It is the longest, most vitally important battle over them all. It is the spiritual battle that all mankind must face. The fight for our souls. It has eternal consequences.
Paul reminds us of this spiritual battle when he writes in Ephesians 6:10-13, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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. 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.”
You and I are in a spiritual fight against the forces of evil. Against sin. Against Satan and his army. We are in a fight for our souls. The devil is scheming against us all of the time. Satan wants us to lose our souls in eternal fire with him. But we have to fight against him and his schemes! We have to defeat Satan and sin.
The only way we are going to be able to defeat the devil and sin is by going to God. Receiving strength and power from Him. Only by His might and power will we be able to win our spiritual battles. We are to take up the armor that God gives us. And stand firm in the LORD.
In the articles to come I want to spend time talking about the armor of God and what each piece of it is. What it means to us. How we use it in our daily lives.
The good news is that we can win! God has already defeated Satan through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is get on the Lord’s side. Victory is guaranteed by our God. If we faithfully trust Him and obey Him.