A woman with whom I once went to church had an 18-year-old son who was incarcerated. On one of her prison visits with him, he spoke of another young man on the inside. He said that the young man’s family sent him care packages, but as soon as he opened his box, other inmates took everything away from him.
His angry words to his mother were unsettling. “If the guy would just fight back, they’d leave him alone. He just sits there and lets them steal his stuff. He doesn’t do anything!”
Hearing the plight of this young man broke my heart, too, and made me angry at the same time. Although it happened more than a decade ago, it haunts me to this day.
Sadly, that is how many believers live their lives. They sit with their arms at their sides and mouths closed as the Enemy of their soul slaps them around and takes what he wills. The Bible says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10 NIV). He steals and destroys children, marriages, friendships, jobs, promotions, health, finances, minds, hope, and joy—often with little resistance. It is not that believers don’t want to fight back; they just don’t realize the true God-ordained power they possess.
As children of the King, we have the armor and authority to foil the kingdom of darkness. God gave us weapons because He knows we need them. We are not helpless victims at the mercy of the Enemy. Our strength is mighty in Him!
Ephesians 6:10–11 NKJV says, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Notice that the verse states it is in His might that we stand. That is good to know, since many of us have zero fighting experience. I would not last more than a second in the ring with Satan. Fortunately, we have a God who is all-powerful and sends us in with His might.
It is also HIS armor. We cannot manufacture, change or add to the armor because it is not ours to begin with.
Finally, we are instructed to put on the whole armor—not just a piece or two. Like any battle, whatever piece of armor is damaged or missing, that is where the enemy will attack.
Over the years, I have noticed that some people draw back, expecting others to do the fighting for them. “Isn’t that the pastor’s job? Or maybe the ladies on the prayer chain’s duty?”
God gave every believer his or her own armor, not just a special few.
The whole armor (Ephesians 6:13–17 NKJV) includes the belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with readiness that comes from the gospel of peace, shield of faith, helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit—which is the Word of God.
The Word of God is what Jesus used in the wilderness to resist Satan. When we speak the Word in faith, His power and might is manifested over our life situations. We do not have to bow down to demonic bullies. We can be victorious overcomers!
If you are waiting for someone else to do something, you are no different from the young, incarcerated man who sat helplessly by while others took his belongings. It is time to stand up to the Enemy of your soul. You are armed with the Word of God and dangerous to the kingdom of darkness. Starting now … take back what the Enemy has stolen from you and your house. In Jesus’ name.
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