We are living in a historic moment — historically, politically, economically, and certainly spiritually!
We are at war and it is a fight to the finish! Spiritual warfare for the believer is real, and the stakes involved in the conflict are eternal.
During these days, it is crucial to reach beyond the headlines and breaking news reports to understand what is happening and what we must do to survive and succeed.
Thankfully, we don’t have to face the enemy with our own strength. David proclaimed to God, “You have armed me with strength for the battle” (Psalm 18:39). The psalmist offers thanks to the Almighty who “teaches my hands to make war” (Psalm 18:34).
In my previous teaching, “War in the Heavenlies: The Invisible Battlefield,” I focused on preparation for spiritual warfare. Here is a quick review:
- Identify the enemy: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
- Fortify yourself in God’s authority: “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might” (Ephesians 6:10).
- Clothe yourself with God’s protective armaments, even as you become battle-ready with the weapons He has provided: “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).
The specific armaments are detailed in Ephesians 6:14-18—loins girded with truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and prayer and supplication.
The armor protects our mind, our heart, and our walk. It influences our faith, brings balance to our Christian life, and keeps us moving in step with the Spirit.
Just as infantry soldiers in basic military exercises train to disassemble, assemble, and operate weapons and field equipment under the most pressured conditions—until it becomes second nature and instinctive—we, too, must practice with our spiritual armor. Then, no matter what happens, we can be thoroughly prepared. In spiritual warfare, from start to finish, all victories come through prayer.