It’s high-school football season. That means fall is upon us. I look forward to the cooler weather, pumpkins, and hot chocolate.
While I am deciding which pumpkin flavored beverage to drink, the football players are busy preparing for their game. Before heading out to the football field, each player covers themselves from head to toe in protective gear.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:11
Paul wrote about protective gear in Ephesians, but he wasn’t talking to football players. He was talking to us. As a child of God, we need to be prepared for spiritual battles and we do this with God’s armor.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17
Like a football player’s uniform, each piece of armor plays an important part in our battle. We don’t know when or where Satan is going to attack, but we know he has, and will, do it again. Here are a few things that the Bible tells us to do as well as a few things that have helped me.
Recognize when you are in a spiritual battle
I know someone who had a medical issue that was hard to diagnose. It was a relief for him when he finally received an answer. Once he knew what the problem was, he could take the necessary steps to conquer it.
If we don’t know we are in a spiritual battle, we cannot fight.
Remember who you are
When doubt or insecurity arises, remember who you are. It doesn’t matter who other people think you are. It only matters that you know who you are. And you are a child of God - wholly loved by him.
Know God’s Word
Jesus used scripture to fight the enemy in the wilderness. We can also use scripture to defend ourselves against negative and untruthful thoughts.
Paul gives us a piece of advice after showing us the armor of God. He tells us to pray. Not just once, but all the time.
And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. – Ephesians 6:18
Prayer gives us power over the enemy.
Don’t give up my friend. Suit up in God’s armor and persevere in prayer.