According to the Bible, Christians are in ongoing warfare. It tells us, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood (humans), but against rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” (Eph 6:12)
This information is helpful because it calls us to prepare and be ready, implying we need gear and a strategy. The Bible also says that, although we live in the world, we do not wage war like the world, and we do not employ the world's weapons. (2 Cor 10:3-4) God has already won this struggle through Christ on the cross, and provided protective gear to outfit us – the armor of God. (Read Eph 6:10-18) He also tells us what our strategy should be, and in addition, He has demonstrated that the strategy works (His temptation – Lk 4:3-12)! Amen!
We have a responsibility, though: the responsibility to put on the armor and keep it on, day and night. God does not do for us what we can and should do for ourselves. If we follow His direction, He will make sure we defeat the enemy in the battle.
The armor serves no purpose if we leave it hanging in the closet. God does not put the armor on us, and does not force us to put it on. He does, however, make us aware of what the armor is, and the importance of putting it on and keeping it on, “So that you can stand against the devil’s schemes.” (Eph 6:11)
Have you been defeated lately? Were you in your armor at the time? I doubt that seriously. So where was your armor? Was it nicely tucked away in a suitcase, or in your closet? It won’t do you any good until you put it on, and keep it on! Victory on the battle
field is sure if we follow God’s