Ephesians 6:17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
As I prepare for many of the posts I write here a Spiritually Unequal Marriage, God frequently brings before me REAL and actual teaching moments. He cares so much for our welfare and spiritual growth that He orchestrates events in our lives to instruct us. The last few weeks have been fascinating.
In the last two weeks several believers have shared their personal story of their encounter with evil, a demon. I will tell you that these stories are not often shared with other believers because they sound almost crazy. I assure you, they are not crazy. These accounts are where the physical world and the spiritual world collide.
Perhaps this unmentionable side of the spiritual realm is prevalent because of the time of year, All Hallow’s Eve. Perhaps it is because we are at the end of our series. What I do know is this; believers have the power to restrain absolute evil. We have the ability to fight the enemy because of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Following today’s final segment on Ephesians 6, Spiritual Warfare, I have provided several scriptures to write down. I will explain more below.
Today let’s look at the helmet and the sword. The Helmet is actually an interesting piece of equipment. Its sole purpose is protection. Once placed on the soldiers head the helmet is not touched again. In addition to protecting the brain, the Helmet is also an identifier. A Roman’s soldier’s helmet was distinctive. Fellow soldiers knew their brothers in battle because of the identifying helmet.
Our spiritual helmet is our identity. It is our salvation in Christ. Isaiah 59:17a…. 17 He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head;
I could write volumes on identity. I think I see men struggle in this area more so than women do especially when they loose their job. Their value as a person is wrapped up in their job title. When that title is forcibly taken away they are devastated.
A man or woman who truly lives and identifies him or herself as a child of God will not be shaken to the core when circumstances of life change. I know there is so much more to this brief statement. I hope to write more on our identity in Christ in future posts. Keep these thoughts and we will venture here soon.
The Sword. The Living Word.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
This is not a metaphor. The word of God has power over the spiritual realm. It is our most effective weapon in warfare when coupled with prayer. More interesting still, it is a weapon of peace and a message of love.
Effective use of this weapon is reading the Word. Let it penetrate our minds, renew our hearts, and heal our brokenness. Then memorize it and have is fresh upon our tongue when the day of the battle arrives. I can’t over emphasize this statement. Spiritual battle occur at the most unexpected times. To be victorious, the Word of God must already be in our hearts and minds.
We must read it ourselves and not leave it to our preachers. Daily reading is when and how we learn to swing our sword to win the war.
The following scriptures are especially helpful to memorize when dealing with fears and insecurities. Speaking these scriptures out loud is a powerful weapon in the heat of the battle. I will pray repeating scripture to the Lord while asking for His protection and wisdom.
Psalm 91:5 You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
God’s word is ACTIVE. I have used these very scriptures to defeat real evil. If you are struggling in the area of spiritual warfare, I would feel so humbled to share with you other scripture verses you can use to fight the enemy. Please email me and tell me your struggle. God’s word will not fail to support you, protect you, grow you, and lead you to the Father and His amazing love.
Be Blessed and let’s ROCK the Spiritual Ream as warriors fully armed and ready to fight for our King! Lynn