It would be straight-up foolish to go into any battle unprepared. While you may think that improvising and spontaneity is the spice of life, the enemy has studied your military strategy (or lack thereof), obtained vital information about you and knows combat moves that will probably get you killed. You’re basically walking into that battle to be defeated because you didn’t bother to prepare. That makes you a bad soldier, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t last a minute on the battlefield, that’s for sure. Being an unprepared Believer leaves you wide open for attacks, and when they come you will not know how to handle them.
I believe that we forget that the devil never rests. He has a plan to carry out, and that’s destroying GOD’S people. Every day (and night) is an opportunity for the devil to attack us, and you better believe that his plans are well thought out with great attention to detail. There is no way that we will be able to figure out what his evil plans are and we shouldn’t; all we need to do is to be prepared by following GOD’S Word.
We have a military plan given to us by GOD Himself and it can only be found if we study His Word as we should. He explains just who the devil is, what his plans are, how to fight and how to defend ourselves.
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
Do you understand the strength of a lions roar? The closer you are to it, the more you can feel it. It’s like vibrations traveling through your body and it leaves you on edge. Lions roar to communicate with each other, ward off other lions from entering their territory and to give an indication of their size. It’s no mistake that the devil had been described as a roaring lion. We know that the world is basically his (for the time being), so he’s stating his territory, he’s in constant communication with his demons to keep track of people, and he wants to show that he’s the big fish in the pond (that’s what got him kicked out of heaven in the first place). He has legal ground to torment those who are his (the Lost), but he’s on the lookout for any legal ground that Christians give him through sin. Also, the devil knows how committed you are to GOD and your knowledge of His Word, so if you’re one of those that fail to meditate on His Word every day then you could be destroyed for your lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6).
Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
Good news, Family, Jesus overcame Death that we may have life. Death no longer has the sting that it once had, and the devil is justly angry about that. Who likes being defeated and humiliated so publicly? So now we know our position: we have already won, but that doesn’t mean that the battle is over. There are still souls that are lost, Christians falling away, and a devil that will do all in his power to destroy us that continue to stand. So what can we do?
2 Corinthians 10:3-4
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in GOD for pulling down strongholds.
I don’t know about you, but I get excited when I read the Bible. I’m even smiling as I type this. GOD gave us WEAPONS! And not just any type of weapons, but ones that can and will bring down every evil stronghold in our lives. Family, we need to use exactly what GOD gave us if we expect to stand in that evil day. We need to pray, fast, petition, be thankful, remain obedient and trust in GOD in all things.
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,
Family, our fight is not against other people, it’s against the devil and his minions (demons). They are the ones behind every evil and horrendous thing that has befallen us. You need to understand this if you want to be a prepared soldier of GOD. It’s not a physical war, but a spiritual one. There will always be an overflow of what is happening in the spiritual world into the physical world, but our fight isn’t there. Don’t get angry at people, get angry at the devil. We are to hate sin, not people. But let me tell you this: do not become cocky and think that you can disrespect the devil. Jesus never did, and neither should you. You speak the words that GOD has given us, nothing more and nothing less. You’re not honoring him by being respectful, but you need to understand that you are a human being and he is a spirit with more power, knowledge, and days than we could ever know or understand. GOD is infinitely greater, but don’t step into that trap of running your mouth off.
Ephesians 6:11 & 13-17
Put on the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Therefore, take up the whole armor of GOD, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand, therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of GOD;
GOD has provided us with an armor. This is not just a concept or some metaphorical description, but an actual armor that goes on your spiritual body. Wearing this armor means that we will be able to stand against the trickery of the devil. Wearing it means that we will be able to stand in the evil day. Every morning, you need to ask GOD for this armor in Jesus’ name; do not start your day without it or you’re just asking for trouble. We need to understand that all that the devil can do is to try and trick and lie to us. He doesn’t have any true power against GOD’S people, only what we give him.
There is so much more to say on this matter of being a prepared soldier, but you need to read your Bible to gain more wisdom and spiritual understanding. Let the Spirit guide you and teach you as you remain faithful and do the will of GOD. There are times that we are attacked, but do not despair, GOD is always with us even when He seems absent. Our times of need are the times that we need to show our faith and trust in Him by standing and trusting in Him. We will go through refining fires, family, but once we have come through them, we become worthy vessels of honor to carry out GOD’S work. Just remember that although you suffer now, your reward in heaven is greater. Fight the good fight and remain steady in your faith.