17 May Ephesians 6:12 – How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
– Ephesians 6:12
There’s no doubt that we are in a spiritual war. Notice how it says “for OUR struggle”. This isn’t just some cosmic battle between angels and demons that only takes place in the heavens. There is spiritual warfare taking place right now in our midst. This war isn’t a typical war that most think of with soldiers and weapons of mass destruction. This war is with Satan’s allies which compose of “rulers”, “world forces” and “spiritual forces”, these forces control the masses. Although we interact, debate and fight with others, we cannot forget the source of this war lies with Satan, his schemes and sin. This is why we are told to stand firm (Eph 6:13), be strong, and to put on the whole armor or God (Eph 6:10). Because, this war frankly speaking isn’t for the weak.
So here are 4 tips to remember in order to stand strong during this war.
- We are to be strong in the Lord and in His Might (Eph 6:10). We’re not going to win this war by ourselves or with our own strategies. We can only win (and we will) when we put our trust in the Lord.
- When we put our trust in God, we’ll see His power.“When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.” – Col 2:15
- Remember that God is love and is Almighty (Ps 84:12). We are to love others while trusting in His might. We are commanded to love others, even our enemies (Matt 5:44). We can hate the sin others (or we) commit and the sinful nature of man and the authorities. Being unloving to our enemies is not going to win the fight. It may actually hurt our chances. So trust God, love people & hate sin.
- Fight the Fight Daily. Lastly, there’s a war going on in our hearts and minds. But not only there, it also takes place in the workplace, within our households, at school, in public arenas among many other places. We are getting attacked daily and from every direction. This is one of the reasons we are to “carry our crosses daily” (Luke 9:23).
Live the Word Apparel is passionate about helping believers stay strong in the Lord and to live out His Word. The Word (sword of the spirit Eph 6:17) is the most effective offensive and defensive weapon. So use it! We’ve also created a t-shirt specifically about this war that we are in, to help remind those wearing the shirt that we are in a spiritual war and that we are on the winning side of this war, and for those that see us in the shirt to know that we are strong in His might!
Thank You Almighty God for not putting the war on our shoulders and giving us plenty of reasons to trust in You.