We are Equipped, and We Win

We are Equipped, and We Win
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For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). And, where does the enemy try to establish those strongholds? In our hearts and minds, as Vs. 5 continues the thought: “casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Like it or not, we are in a battle, and so, we must be warriors. But, “I’m not the fighting type,” you may say. Yet, rather than succumb, we must stand and fight. And, we can! Because it’s not in our own strength that we fight, but in His power, for the battle is His as we stand with Him and pick up our weapons. We have and must use that power and the spiritual weapons that He has provided, and not just sit back and say He will do it. He does it in conjunction with us and the faith He has put within us, for He has given us His power and authority.
We are told in Ephesians 6 to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Vs. 10). Our strength is in the Lord and the power of His might within us. We need what He has provided because: “Our fight is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Vs.12).
What are the armor and the “weapons of our warfare” that He has given us, and what do we do with them? Ephesians 6:11 says we “Put on the full armor of God that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.” In other words, we use them; we pick them up and put them on, all of them, the full, whole, complete armor of God.
We are told to “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” and to do that we “submit to God” (James 4:7), by following His Biblical instructions: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand” (Ephesians 6: 13).
That armor, given to believers to stand strong and protect our minds, is discussed in Ephesians 6:14-18:

Stand therefore, having your waist girded with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, having your feet fitted with the readiness of the gospel of peace, and above all, taking the shield of faith, with which you will be able to extinguish all the fiery arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit always…

The Full Armor

  • Truth: We never know when a battle may be upon us, so we must be prepared ahead of time. We must be girded with the truth of God’s Word. To “gird,” according to the dictionary, is “to encircle or bind with a belt or band, to surround; enclose; hem in, to prepare (oneself) for action.” Our waist is our physical middle. The center of our beings needs to be enclosed and bound tight in the truth of God’s Word and promises, which gives us courage and prepares us for action.
  • Righteousness: The breastplate guards the heart, and understanding the gift to us of His righteousness, placing us in right standing with God, indeed does guard our hearts, giving us the confidence to go on in Him. Our own self-righteousness is worthless, but we have His. As we seek Him first, and His Kingdom, and His righteousness, we overcome in every area of life. Focused on the knowledge of His righteousness within us, we have all we need.
  • The Good News: We stand on our feet, and we stand fitted with, like shoes, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Good News, which makes us steady and speaks of the peace Jesus provided between God and man. Having the assurance of the Good News makes us steadfast in battle. Like David, I know who I am in Him, and can overcome any Goliath.
  • Faith: Above all,” or in front of all, we have our shield of faith. Hebrews 12:2 tells us that we are to be looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.” Our faith must not be self-reliance, but relying on and trusting in Jesus. Our shield of faith in Jesus will quench, put out, “all” the fiery darts or arrows the enemy sends to consume us. It will stop “all” those darts. “No weapon formed against us shall prosper” (Isaiah 54:17).
Many otherwise strong Christians live defeated lives in fear of the circumstances of life and the oppression of the 
devil because they don't use the faith the Lord has placed within them. But, with that shield of faith, we have peace 
and composure and overcome all fear, and instead pray with gratitude for the victory.  "Be anxious for nothing, but 
in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, 
which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).
  • Salvation: Then comes the “helmet of salvation.” Like a breastplate or a shield, it is a piece of armor, and it protects the head. Understanding, putting on, our all encompassing salvation, working it out from our spirits to our souls, where our minds reside, protects our minds, the key place of battle. The salvation that Jesus won for us, “sozo,” means not only our redemption, but all that we need, healing, prosperity, deliverance and more. We take it up, focused on that truth, and our minds are protected.

God has Prepared us for Offense against the Enemy

  • Word of God: God’s Word in the Spirit is our great offensive weapon. The devil is out to steal the truth of God’s Word from our hearts, we read in the Parable of the Sower, because with it we defeat him. Without our sword, we get worn down and are prone to give up. It isn’t the letter of the Word, but the Word seen through the revealing eyes of the Spirit, with which we overcome the enemy. We resist the devil, speak the Word in faith, in Jesus name, and he has to flee.
And, how wonderful it is.  That Word, God's truth, is written upon our hearts when we are Born Again, and is draw 
out, like a sword from its sheath, when we read and study the Word with our spiritual eyes, and wield that sword 
in faith with the words of our mouths. "This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those 
days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their minds and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, 
and they shall be My people" (Hebrews 8:10, quoting the prophetic promise of Jeremiah 31:33).
  • Prayer in the Spirit: And, let us not forget to “Pray in the Spirit always.” That is the great facilitator of our faith and power, bringing to remembrance the Word in our hearts by the Holy Spirit, giving us the strength and power to wield that sword mightily.
As we pray in the Spirit, not only are we built up in love for our Lord, our Commander yet brother, and our fellow 
foot soldiers, the door is opened to other great spiritual gifts, more offensive weapons against the enemy that are 
taught in and accompany God's Word: like prophecy, tongues with interpretation, words of knowledge and of wisdom, 
spiritual discernment to see the enemy coming and what he is doing, and even healing (great for when we 
inadvertently let our shield down), special faith and miracles as needed.  
Oh how sad it is to see Christians who do not recognize that these powerful tools are for them and their victory in life and ministry. Yes, one can usually stand without them to defend one’s turf. But without them, it is so much more difficult to be used of God to go on the offensive against the gates of hell, setting people free and bringing in the harvest.
And, with unity in love and prayer for one another, standing together as the church, building one another up and covering each other’s backs, we cannot lose. As Ephesians 6:18 continues, we speak to God “with all kinds of prayer and supplication, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.” Through it all, using the armor and the wonderful gifts we have in Jesus, via the Holy Spirit, together, we win!

Ray E Horton

Serving the Lord as encourager, reconciler, intercessor and prophetic teacher of God's Word, primarily in person and on Facebook, as well as writer and editor. Beyond, or as part of, the Ministry of Reconciliation that we are all called to, I am serving the Lord and His people as a minister of prayer at a local church, and encouraging the brethren locally among people I know, and worldwide on Facebook

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