The Armour Of God
When troubles, trials and challenges come our way they may involve people but people are not our problem, the opposition comes from satan and his minions. We face a spiritual battle: “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” (Eph 6:12; KJV).
In Ephesians chapter 6, the apostle Paul went on to write that God has given us armour for this battle (v13). Now the wonderful good news about this warfare is that we are already winners as Christ won the victory over satan and all his minions (Col 2:15; 1 Cor 15:57). We just need to stand and walk in that victory (Eph 6:13-14) by faith.
I love this passage from Ephesians on the armour of God (Eph 6:14-17) and as I read it again the other day, I realized that it all comes down to knowing and standing on God’s word. We are told to stand with the truth around our waist (v14); truth is God’s word. We are to have our feet prepared to run with the Gospel (v15). We need the shield of faith and we know that faith comes from hearing God’s word (v16; Rom 10:17). In v17 salvation comes from knowing about God, Jesus (the word) and it says our most effective weapon is the sword of the Holy Spirit which is the word of God. When troubles, trials and challenges come against you find out what God’s word says about your situation and stand on his word in faith, speak it, and the word says satan must flee from you (James 4:7).