…Continuing from Friday Fresh Food…
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13 (NKJV)
Lesson 2 : How do we wrestle our enemy?
The first thing we saw yesterday, was that our enemy is not made of flesh and blood. The second thing we learn from this passage is that the way we wrestle our enemy is by putting on the armor of God. And the armor of God allows us to stand or to resist. What??? We don’t kill our enemy? We don’t threaten him? We don’t shoot him? No, God says, we RESIST him. Remember, this enemy is not flesh and blood, so God is the only one who knows how to defeat him, and He says : RESIST. Don’t try to strategize, don’t study him, don’t go in his camp, or anything. The way we wrestle against our enemy is by standing our ground against him. That’s the struggle.
You see, we are protected in Christ, no matter what. The only way we lose the protection of the Most High God is by letting sin into our lives. So, the enemy only has one strategy : causing us to sin against God. When Satan met Jesus in Luke 4, he tempted Him, but Jesus resisted. Then, the devil fled from Jesus — but until the next opportunity. James 4 declares : “resist the devil and he will flee from you”.
The only way to resist is by putting on the armor of God. So the question becomes, do you have the armor? Have you put it on? If the armor is in your closet… it’s not useful. You need to put it on.
Tomorrow, we’ll see how to put on the whole armor.
Lord we thank you for your word that shows us the way. Thank you for the grace to know how to live as your children in this world and represent you honorably. Give us the strength to stand against the temptations of the devil, give us the strength to obey this your word. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.