Battle Ready

In Ephesians 6, Paul wrote about the armor that God gives us to stand up against the attacks the Enemy will unleash on our souls. And no matter who you are—whether you’re a believer or nonbeliever, whether you come to church every weekend or only once a year, whether you’re male or female, young or old—you will experience the Enemy’s attacks in your life. All of us are susceptible to being attacked. But there is a big difference between being hit and being destroyed.

God wants you to be battle ready, so He has given us tools to help us in this fight. In Ephesians 6:10-18, God gave us five defensive pieces of armor: the belt of truth, the body armor of God’s righteousness, the shoes of peace, the shield of faith, and the helmet of salvation. And, He gave us one offensive piece: the Bible, the sword of the Spirit.

But it’s one thing to know about the armor, and another to actually put it on every day. The last verse of this passage of Scripture is: “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.” These are two of the ways we can put on the armor—communication, and helping each other. Communication with the King, the Creator of the universe, and helping other believers because we’re in this thing together.

Pray bold prayers. God already knows what is in your heart, so don’t be afraid to tell Him. Don’t just focus on what you’d like Him to fix—sometimes, we pray so hard for God to fix something in our lives when He has already given us the tools for it! Then, we just have to ask for the courage to use those tools. Any kind of relationship is a two-way street—God is always there for us, but we have to show up in order to hear His answers.

Another way we can put on our armor and fight the Enemy’s attacks is by helping each other. Remember that you’re not the only one fighting—and the armor doesn’t cover your back. We all need other people in our lives to encourage and challenge us. That is what being a part of God’s family is all about! None of us have it all figured out, but together we can have each other’s backs and advance God’s Kingdom here on Earth.

Watch my teaching on being “Battle Ready”.

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