Dear pastors, missionaries, chaplains and friends,
Steve here… Our best defensive weapon against our adversary is faith.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 6:16 (NLT) that, “in every battle you will need faith as your shield to stop the fiery arrows aimed at you by Satan.”
The devil has an arsenal of fiery arrows such as discouragement, pride, fear of failure, lust, greed, envy and compromise; however, they can all be extinguished by faith.
So, how do I keep this quality of faith while in the daily battle? What might be a sound strategy to “fight the good fight.” (1 Tim. 6:12)?
1. The first thing I must settle is that I have the authority in Christ to overcome my adversary. Jesus states in Matthew 28:18-19 that He has been given “complete authority” and has transferred that authority to His followers, so that they may make disciples. We are Christ’s “ambassadors” (2 Cor. 5:20; Matt. 18:18-19; 1 John 4:4).
2. The wise follower of Christ puts on the Armour of God daily (Ephesians 6:11-17). No soldier goes into battle without protection—get dressed for battle. Relinquish control, surrender self, and put on Christ.
3. Don’t forget to aim your weapons. Weapons can be used as a deterrent, but when the battle begins our weapons are useless if they are not aimed at the enemy. Paul writes that we must learn how to become aware of the enemy and learn to operate our weapons (2 Cor. 10:4-5).
4. Lastly, if I’m ever going to be successful in battle, I must remain focused. I need to avoid those distractions that seek to take my focus off the main objective. Paul reminds us that we shouldn’t get “tied up in the affairs of life” (2 Tim. 2:3-4) because distractions disable our full effectiveness. Distractions slow you down, allowing the enemy to catch up.
It’s a battle out there; let’s stop treating it like a playground.
I heard a preacher say that the church in North America is similar to a peace-time army, on reserve. An army during peace-time is characterized by insubordination, dodging duty and cowardly behaviour.
However, an army at war is characterized by obedience to commands, unquestioned adherence to duty and bravery. Armies in battle who are not characterized by these qualities… LOSE.
Followers of Christ who live like it’s war-time will WIN when the battle begins.
Have a blessed week,