I have come across many Christians who don’t believe in demonic forces. Some downplay the power that these forces have and they try to avoid any conversation about it. However if God felt it was necessary to bring something to our attention, then it’s worth paying attention to.
Ephesians 6:10-18 talks about the armour of God. The reason why we are told to have this armour is because the devil isn’t a little toddler singing pat-a-cake. He is in a serious business to destroy. And his target is you and I. Why? Because we love Jesus Christ! Verse 12 says,
The description above isn’t exaggerated. The devil does a lot of damages to people. He comes to kill, steal and destroy. He is not playing games and he isn’t here for good. Whether we believe in his power and existence or not does not negate the fact that he does exist and he is powerful.
I have had personal experiences where the Holy Spirit showed me an immediate physical manifestation of an attack that the devil did on someone. It was the most shocking thing I have ever seen and it really made me intensify my prayer life. Thank God prayers conquered that situation.
He is after us, our children, our spouses and everything we have. His aim is to make us deny our faith and because we live in this world, he knows how precious family, health, money, jobs and other pleasures of life is to us. He understands how much we need them. So he figured out that the best way to make us miss heaven is for him to attack the things we hold on dearly to here on earth and make us uncomfortable to the point where we see no need to hold on to faith. This is what he did to job. All of the attack job had was for him to curse God. The devil’s trick hasn’t changed.
Our enemy isn’t our mean boss or unfaithful spouse. It isn’t that rebellious child or the neighbour who never answers our greetings. It isn’t the guy who splashed water on us on a rainy day as he drove on a fast speed. It isn’t the family member who has told us she doesn’t want anything to do with us. It isn’t the people who lied against us or molested us. These people are vessels he has used. To illustrate this, let’s take a glass of water as an example. The glass cup is just a vessel holding the water. If the water is unclean, we don’t destroy the cup. We just change the water. The water is the spirit operating in us. The dirty water is evil spirit. If that evil spirit is poured out and replaced with the spirit of God, that person becomes a changed being. So we don’t people, we fight the spirit which is the devil.
The good news though is that we have God! We have the Rock who is by our side. Yes the devil is powerful but God is all powerful. Yes the devil is mighty but God is almighty! So with God on our side, we cannot loose.
This is why it is very important for us to put on the whole armour of God. Not just some of the armour. We need all of it as any uncovered part is exposed to danger and attack.
“Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil.
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Ephesians 6:11, 13-17 NLT
In addition to the above, Paul admonishes us to “Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.”
Ephesians 6:18 NLT
I love the emphasis – all, every and persistent. We need to be on guard because the battle we are in is no joke.
This post is not to create fear. It is to create an awareness and to remind us of what we are against. It is to remind us of the need for persistent prayers. It is a call for us not to be lazy Christians and for us not to be complacent. It is a reminder that we have our faith to guard. Let’s not be ignorant of the devises of the enemy.