Romans 13:11-14 – “Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. 12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. 13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.” NASU
As I read this passage I discover there is the instruction to “put on something” in two places. In (v.12) we are instructed to put on the ARMOR OF LIGHT and in (v.14) we are told to put on THE LORD JESUS CHRIST. That suggests that if we are properly armed we are armed with Christ. He is truth and He is light. We are to have His mind and if we have Him as our righteousness, peace, provision, power, and potential we are well able to face the enemies lurking in the darkness. Ephesians 6 tells us to put on the “whole armor of God”. I suggest it is important to repeatedly remind ourselves of what that armor consists.
Our loins are to be girded with truth – Jesus. When we have on the breastplate of righteousness we have on Jesus. That means we are not relegated to performance. We put on the helmet of salvation – Jesus is our Salvation. We take up the sword of the Spirit – (God’s Rhema Word as well as His Logos). We take up the shield of faith remembering that Jesus is the author and finisher of our faith. We put on our gospel shoes our combat boots and thereby prevent the little stones from damaging our walk, work, or warfare. We are ready for warfare!
Ephesians 6:18 instructs us exactly how we are to go to war. We utilize the weapon of prayer and engage in supplication in all seasons in the Spirit. WARFARE is not that which as to do with ‘flesh and blood.’ God gives a picture of physical warfare so that we are able to understand how to fight in spiritual warfare. We must never lose sight of the truth that the key and catalyst of spiritual warfare is PRAYER! The FULL ARMOR OF GOD cannot be utilized effectively without PRAYER and that prayer is in ALL SEASONS.
Let me give you a little insight, which you already know, “the devil does not come around just in certain seasons or when it is convenient.” Therefore, it is imperative that we are READY ALWAYS! The ability of the Christian to overcome is not because you are a super-saint but because you have a warrior spirit. There is no other way to overcome! We must never forget that we do not and should not fight the devil’s way or on his turf. There are some key truths we need to understand and implement in Spiritual Warfare.
- We must KNOW we have heard from God and are on the side of Truth and Righteousness.
- We must OPERATE in the Spirit of Love.
- We MUST enter the battle prepared for and determined to win TOTAL VICTORY.
We dare not engage in Spiritual Warfare in the manner some of the more recent wars America has fought. In World War II the enemy made entreaties toward us seeking to negotiate a peace. When an enemy knows, they are losing they often suggest a cease-fire, a plan they would have no interest in if they believed they were holding a winning hand. The enemy seeks a treaty (covenant) and if the negotiations are successful fighting ceases. However, in WW II we demanded UNCONDITIONAL SURRENDER, unlike what we have recently done. In spiritual warfare, it would behoove us to remember that we cannot make a pact, a league, or sign a non-aggression pact with the devil. He is a liar and would never honor that treaty. He wants to “steal, kill, and destroy.” Therefore, if we are going to engage in War our mentality must be that we know we have heard God and are on the side of right and truth. It must be that we never cease to operate in a spirit of love and we enter the battle determined that nothing short of TOTAL VICTORY is acceptable.
I want to address this further but for now, will pause and pick up next time! God, bless you richly is my prayer and desire!