NOT TODAY DEVIL:
FIT FOR THE FIGHT
By Bailey Gray
“. . . Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, youmay be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Standfirm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate ofrighteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from thegospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. . .” Ephesians 6:10-18
If you have ever played a contact sport, you know the importance of a good offense and having proper equipment. Having a great offense that takes the fight to your opponent is a whole lot better than relying on your defense to win the game. When you bring the fight to your opponent it gives you more control over how the game is played. In his book, David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell describes how this way of thinking can benefit the person society views as the underdog. In the story of David and Goliath, David would have never won if he played defense and followed Goliath’s game plan. David, however, knew two things; who his God was and how to shoot a rock from a slingshot. This was how he took control of the game and brought it to Goliath, not the other way around. David had spent years preparing for a moment he never saw coming, but when it did he was prepared because he knew who had prepared him. As believers we have to be fit for the fight. We need a strength on the inside of us that is stronger than the power coming against us. If we don’t take time to look at the protection plan and weapons God has placed in front of us, we will be unprepared. In order to be prepared we have to put on the full armor of God which is a pathway to deliverance.
The first step in putting on the armor of God is the Helmet of Salvation. The first thing the devil will attack is your mind. When the devil comes to talk of your past, remind him of his future. Salvation is God’s declaration that no matter what comes your way you will win in the end. You can rest in the fact that your mind is protected because your future is secure because a made up mind is a secure mind. The second step is to put on the breastplate of righteousness. You are not putting on your own righteousness, you are putting on the righteousness of Jesus. You are not saved by what you have done, you are saved by what you believe. Your mistakes, though they may be many, have been forgiven and His righteousness cures your heart. Third, put on the belt of truth. Truth has nothing to do with performance or perfection. You don’t have to hide. You can reveal everything to God because He already knows and He loves you. I want you to take a moment to really let that sink in.
Our fourth piece of armor is the feet of peace. We were once enemies with God, but he made peace with us. We had no peace but the Gospel brought us peace. Philippians 4:7 tells us “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Which bring us to our fifth and final items, the shield of faith and sword of the spirit. Stand firm in the knowledge that if the devil is enemies with you, he is enemies with Jesus because Jesus fights your battles. Declare scripture over your life and pray in the spirit, the devil will have no choice but to flee. “For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith” John 5:4. Go in faith knowing you are prepared for battle because you are dressed for battle. Be as full of faith as Jonathan’s armor bearer in 1 Samuel 14.
“His armor bearer responded, ‘Do what is in your heart. You choose. I’m right here with you whatever you decide.” 1 Samuel 14:7