There is a battle involved in almost everything we do. We contend daily for survival and for sustenance. From the time in memorial, life has always been a contending ground. It all began from the time if the first man Adam, whom God told to tend and keep the garden of Eden but he failed because he understands not what the ‘keeping’ suggests. However, the battle has continued until now. Although, it seems as if devil won initially, but there is hope given by God for the victory thus:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
To this end, a mystery has been shrouded into this statement of God for victory.
There is no one who goes to battle with a bare hand to fight. Every battle has its own kind of weapon to fight it. The Lord’s battle is not exempted from this.
Therefore, as a believer, what battle are we involved in? An understanding if this place us on the advantage side of strategising and winning the battle.
Apostle Paul gave a graphic illustrations of the kind of weapon that is involved. He said,
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
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.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
These weapons are positioned in the frontal part of whosoever that will be in the Lord’s army. The battle is not a physical one but unseen battles. The rendition of a version of the scriptures put it thus: a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. That’s the nature of our battle. Devil is an unseen being to Nanking and hence, unseen weapons are needful to combat him. So take everything the Master(God) has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. The battle is fierce and we must be ready for it by put on the WHOLE armour of God and not a partial one. The beauty of the sour is in its wholistic usage and that makes it effective.
The first weapon as mentioned by the apostle is TRUTH at your loins. The bowel of truth must be in you. Since out of the abundant of heart the mouth , then, you are what your word is. In the question of dwellers of the tabernacle and holy hill of God by the psalmist,he said that “…he that walks uprightly and works righteousness and speaks the truth in his heart…” PS.15:1-5. The truth keeps us from subscribing to the belief system of world.
Second, the chest must be secured with RIGHTEOUSNESS. This is very scarce in the world today, and we must war with unrighteousness by righteousness. You must stand for the weaker people.
We must also walk about in the field of the world by transporting via the Gospel of Peace. The message must be shared wherever man is found. Though, the gods of this world is blindfolding people to the light of the gospel,yet we must keep spreading it. As we do so, we fight and depopulate the kingdom of hell and Satan lost the battle.
Three, there is no doubt that the onslaught of the enemies are very strong, yet, we are encouraged to be strong in the lord and take up the SHIELD OF FAITH to protect against the striking of the foes. This weapon is the assurance of the promises of God that He will never fail. Faith in God protects you when you are tempted to doubt. Heb.11:1
Four, HELMET OF SALVATION is your believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The ground and solid foundation of our forgiveness and sanctification. On the basis of this we can overcome because, we would have been born of God before advancing into the battle front
Finally, the SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the WORD OF GOD. An effective weapon that must be held always in the battle. This one is an offensive weapon of war. How much of it a man had in his spirit bank, determines his victory over the enemies. Deut.8:3 sum it up. A man can not survive alone by bread but by every word (proceeding word of God)…
It is time to fight and not to slumber in the battle front. Generals with their armour being put on, go out and defend your territory before the intrusion of the invaders. The enemy seek to colonise the earth but God has given it to men. Arise and fight and be not distracted by the civilian affairs.
The victory is sure by the blood of the lamb.