“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NASB)
I hope the first lesson of The “Fitting” was helpful to you. It reminds me each day that we are at war with the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms. If it were not so, our Lord would not have told us this. We “feel” defeated because we are not prepared for battle. I know this yet I still sometimes will pop up out of bed–AKA oversleeping– and let some of the morning go by without my “battle” prayer. The soldiers never went out to war unprepared, we must not either.
Just as important as it is to know that the belt of truth is the absolute understanding that the word of God is true it is also foundational that we understand that Christ through the Holy Spirit, once we have received salvation though His death and resurrection, LIVES in us. God’s indwelling Spirit IS IN US and moves supernaturally in and through us to fulfill our God given destiny or plan for our life. He is in us and we are in Him. This is a security we can hold on to.
Lets dig in to the next piece of equipment. The BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS. (I wish I could figure out how to put a picture of the armor on this post. A dear sister in Christ gave me a figure of the armor, waiting to be put on, as a visual demonstration of its significance. It is an amazing visual. The protection that it provides is apparent and is ready for us to take). We will consistently go through very difficult circumstances in our life. These circumstances will illicit fear, anger, sadness, dissatisfaction or frustration. How we CHOOSE to respond to this will be determined by our preparation. The enemy wants to catch us off guard so that in these circumstances we will react in sinful ways. Ways that are out of the character of Christ, who lives in us. Instead we have the ability, THROUGH CHRIST, to resist the devil and he will flee from us. (James 4:7-11 NKJV). Through this prayer and preparation we can withstand the enemy and instead of reacting we can respond in ways that glorify God. Does this mean we will never sin? No it doesn’t. But it does mean that we CAN through our growth in Christ become more like Him. When we mess up, we know our Father is there to hold us. His blood has covered our sin. However, He places a desire within you to walk closely with Him. The closer you walk with Him–or in my case cling to Him–the more you understand Him. The more you understand Him the more you desire to honor Him, in word and in deed. This is true because you love Him, and you love Him because He FIRST loved you precious one.
Re-read the passage again in Ephesians. Tomorrow we will discuss your feet being prepared with the gospel of peace so that you may stand.
In His Love,