- Waist buckled by the belt of truth to protect our vital organs.
- Righteousness as a breastplate protects our heart.
- Feet fitted with the gospel of peace protect our walk with Christ.
- The shield of faith diverts the enemy’s intended harm from us.
- The helmet of salvation protects our mind and thought life and helps remind us of our position as valued children of God.
- The Word of God as a sword is the first offensive weapon to counter the enemies attacks.
- Voicing prayer in the Spirit, at all times and places, constitutes the second offensive weapon for a communication link to God to call in strikes on the enemy.
Friday, November 23, 2012
Taking the Fight to the Enemy—Part 1
The battle today is Christianity against increasingly overt Evil. The apostle Paul wrote over 2000 years ago that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.”
Today, we are engaged in a life struggle against the agenda of communism and socialism which are both representative of the evil undercurrent coursing through the world. Add to that the jihad projects of Islam which seeks to introduce an essentially pagan religion and its system of governance of the world.
World political powers of the United Nations are working diligently to throttle God’s people of the Judeo-Christian stripe by establishment of global laws which deny the human rights of Jewish and Christian believers. Even labeling their efforts evil is being called hate speech and soon may be punishable under global laws passed and administered by the UN.
The strategy being used suppresses discussion and objection to these efforts by labeling them with culturally objectionable terms: bigotry, racism, hate speech, Islamophobia, homophobia, etc.
By controlling the message and information flow in the media, entertainment, politics, science, and education, the evil powers are subverting the rights of people to live happy and productive lives in liberty and freedom. Rather the evil powers would suggest that humankind must subordinate individual rights to the good of the whole.
Organizational documents like the United States Constitution are characterized as out of touch and needing revision or destruction. The United States was founded on principles drawn from the Judeo-Christian scriptures recorded under God’s direction and honoring the freedom of individuals to thrive or fail while aiming for the very best and highest goals.
Communist, socialist, progressive, and Islamic movements seek to substitute their own system of laws and rules; most of which are counter to the Constitution. How do they do this? By using words and concepts that sound fine until examined by the fruit that results: anarchy, control, restrictions for anyone disagreeing with the concepts. They value perception rather than truth. In their schema, Perception is Truth—there are no absolutes. This stands counter to truth revealed in the Bible.
Full Armor of God
The apostle Paul identified in Ephesians 6:10-18 an attitude we are to adopt—standing firm (on the Rock–Jesus Christ) and seven pieces of armor we are to don and employ for the battle:
Note: Five of these items are defensive in nature and two are offensive in nature.
See my previous post entitled: Under the Radar for insight into the threats we face.