”Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.’‘ Ephesians 6:11
What is the “armor of God” and when is it needed?
This is sometimes a hard concept to grasp because spiritual warfare is not something you can physically see. It’s what you feel. For example, one could be experiencing spiritual warfare through depression or anxiety. The enemy wants to take away the good in our life and push us deeper into the dark. In this place, he can convince us- or at least try to convince us- that God is not good. He is sneaky and will do or say anything that will push you away from God.
We can metaphorically put on the armor God provides us through His word, prayer and fellowship at anytime. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by fear, doubt and worry but at anytime you choose, you can fight back with the strength and love of God.
When I was going through the application and testing processes to get accepted to college around two years ago, I found myself feeling overwhelmed and defeated. Although I had a great GPA, plenty of extracurricular involvement, great essays and above average test scores, I still felt that I was inadequate. I felt that there would always be so many other students with higher GPA’s and test scores. I felt that I was unworthy. And looking back now, I can clearly see the spiritual warfare that was seeping into my life in a very important transitional time. At this time I should have been in joyful anticipation of the future, but instead I let the enemy convince me I was not worthy.
I remember sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room and sharing with a family member how worried I felt that I would be denied to the schools I applied to. I was dreading opening a letter of denial. On the way home from the doctor that day, I spontaneously decided to stop by my church. I went inside, kneeled, prayed and cried and asked for God to take it into His hands and alleviate my doubts and worries. I asked Him to let His will be done and to bring me peace with whatever it may be. I decided in that moment to leave the darkness the enemy had put upon me behind and step into the light of God’s love, righteousness, goodness, peace and truth. I was letting myself become so obsessed with denial and acceptance of these Universities and it was affecting my relationship with God. I felt so distant from Him before I prayed that day at church. But by praying and asking God to help me see the goodness in me through Him, I took the first step in clothing myself in His armor.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12
When we stop believing in God and allow the enemy to distance us from God, we stop being a light into the world. We stop spreading the good news and serving God and others becomes harder. Little by little, our faith starts to diminish and we feel spiritually, emotionally and even physically drained. We are called by God to share the gospel and to be “fishers of men”. We are told to be disciples and to follow the commandments. But when our faith is shaken, we forget what our mission is and let the enemy win.
But it is never too late to stand back up and put on the full armor of God. God knows it is hard for us to get back up when we’re down, especially when it has been awhile. But it is never too late to say “no” to the enemy and get right back where we left off. Just as I did that day I went to church and prayed for God’s help, you can do the same. If you are struggling right now and feel that you are too far gone, please know that that is not the truth, but you can find the truth in the word of God. And if you know someone who is struggling and falling into a dark place, you can pray for them and encourage them to honestly ask God for help.
“Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love.” Ephesians 6:24
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