“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against ALL strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers of this dark world, and against evil spirits in heavenly places. Ephesians 6: 11-12 NLT
In the month of May, one of my pastors asked if I could give my testimony to a group of women. Initially, I said yes, but when I hung up the phone, fear began to paralyze me. I was going to call my pastor back and tell her “maybe another time”, but then I realized something…I am in a battle. I am always in battle. All of God’s children are. Every day that you wake up and your feet touch the floor, the enemy is mad…BIG MAD lol. The enemy does not want you to be effective in the Earth.
For almost a year, I had been feeding my spirit with the word. I was hiding it in my heart. The first thing I knew was that this was no typical fight. The word tells us that we fight not against flesh and blood, but against evil rulers and authorities of the UNSEEN world. So, what does this really mean? It means that you can’t fight the enemy with the same things you would use in the physical realm. So the next question would be, how do you fight something that you cannot see? Well, the word tells us in Ephesians 6 that God already gives us the armor. Here is what God tells us is ours to keep.
- Shoes that are the peace that comes from the Good News- Jesus has already died for our sins, but enemy will often whisper lies of unforgiveness. We must learn to walk in truth.
- Shield of faith- Don’t let what you see cause you to doubt what God said. The enemy will place distractions in your path, but you must see beyond it. Remember, faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. Sometimes a “no” means there is a greater opportunity up ahead.
- Helmet of salvation- You are saved, and because you are now God’s child, you WILL win.
- Sword of the spirit- God’s word is life. God’s word is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and SPIRIT, between joint and marrow.
So, I say wear these things at all times. The enemy has come to fight and he plays dirty. Which is why, if you stay ready, you won’t have to get ready. After I got over the initial attack, the word of the Lord began to rise up in me. I spoke it over myself and I spoke it to the enemy. I spoke it until I gave God a solid yes.
Here I am, months after that whole ordeal and 3 days after giving my testimony. I feel like chains were broken in areas that I didn’t know chains were holding me! And that my friends, is the power of God! When you keep God close, you won’t ever have to get ready because He stays ready to fight for you!