Lately with all the ugliness of this world, I’ve been feeling so helpless and useless. Our planet is slowing becoming polluted with evil and it’s hard not to become proactive. We can easily fall into a pit of desperation if we let it get to us, but the best advice always comes from God’s Word, so that’s where I went.
The section in Ephesians 6:10-18 tells us how to approach the evil we encounter every day. We should arm ourselves, not with physical armor, but with the tools that God gives us to fight the devil – the belt of truth – the breastplate of righteousness- the shoes which make us ready to spread the Gospel – the shield of faith, which protects us from all that the devil throws at us – the helmet of salvation – and the sword of the spirit.
All of those symbolic tools of preparing for war are especially important, because we are not actually waging a physical war as Christians. Our war is not against one group of people or another. Our daily battle is with the prince of darkness – the devil. By arming ourselves with God and His Word we have the greatest defense against Satan. In this section of scripture, it’s important to realize that God isn’t telling us to take up arms against our enemies, but to protect ourselves with the tools He provides us. Our real enemy is the devil and the work he does corrupting the hearts and minds of people.
Jesus used God’s Word to fight the devil in the wilderness as He fasted for 40 days. This is the one thing the devil can’t handle When the temptation of Jesus was finished, the devil left Him alone, just as he will depart from us if we depend on God’s armor.
When life becomes overwhelming and it looks like all is lost – when it seems that man can no longer see God’s plan for His people – when the devil looks like he’s winning, it’s time to polish up that suit of armor and trust in the Lord’s protection.