The enemy of our souls, Satan, is winning in too many lives by degrading our identity with his lies. He knows if we were to fully understand and embrace our identity in Christ, we would change the world. So he constantly speaks lies over us to keep us from accepting our identity in Christ.
What lies does the father of lies speak to you? What accusations does the accuser launch at you? In what ways has your adversary the devil come against you? What deception has the deceiver of the world tied you down with?
You could spend the rest of your life focusing on the attacks of the enemy and evaluating the tactics of the evil one. You could alternatively spend the rest of your life resting in the arms of the Holy One and learning to use the one offensive weapon we’re given in the Armor of God: the Word.
“10 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
We cannot allow the lies and tactics of the enemy to distract us from God and turn our focus from the Lover of our Souls to the enemy of our souls. We must not deny the battle raging around us either. The way to succeed in this battle is not to spend all our time focused on the enemy but on the victor.
The goal identified with the Armor of God is not that we would hide in fear from the enemy or ignore the battle entirely. In verse 11 it tells us we are to be clothed with the Armor of God “so that you will be able to stand firm against all the strategies of the devil.”
The problem with that is many Americans have spent so much time avoiding the uncomfortable idea of the spiritual realms we don’t have the slightest clue what the strategies of the devil are in our lives.
The very fact you feel uncomfortable talking about or exploring the strategies of the devil IS A STRATEGY OF THE DEVIL!!! Why can we not see this?!?! Satan has rendered the Armor of God useless in your life because you’ve failed to utilize the Sword of the Spirit and deploy truth against the enemy.
Today is the day to wake up. Today is the day to pick up the Sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Explore the only weapon you have been given against the enemy of your soul. Know your weapon well and become an expert on how to utilize it.
Learn the truth statements about what Christ has said about you and your identity in Him and speak it over yourself and over the lies the father of lies whispers to you. It’s time to change the track playing in your head about who you are.
It’s time that track changes to the voice of Jesus speaking truth over your soul…