I have found it fascinating that 3 times in just this last week, I have had conversations with people about very different situations, but the advice I gave was the same to them all.
Life happens, troubles comes but we must be aware of where it is coming from. The enemy has a simple strategy which is 2 fold:
1. Break relationships between Christians and God
2. Break relationships between Christians in church
Once we are aware of this, we can see the origin of trouble for what it is, and respond accordingly. Paul instructs us clearly in Ephesians 6 that we are in a battle and we need to be kitted up and ready.
Finally, build up your strength in union with the Lord and by means of his mighty power. Put on all the armour that God gives you, so that you will be able to stand up against the Devil’s evil tricks. For we are not fighting against human beings but against the wicked spiritual forces in the heavenly world, the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark age. So put on God’s armour now! Then when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist the enemy’s attacks; and after fighting to the end, you will still hold your ground.
So stand ready, with truth as a belt tight around your waist, with righteousness as your breastplate, and as your shoes the readiness to announce the Good News of peace. At all times carry faith as a shield; for with it you will be able to put out all the burning arrows shot by the Evil One. And accept salvation as a helmet, and the word of God as the sword which the Spirit gives you. Do all this in prayer, asking for God’s help. Pray on every occasion, as the Spirit leads. For this reason keep alert and never give up; pray always for all God’s people. TEV
The pieces of armour mentioned above as all defensive apart from the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God. It is essential that we know the Word so we will be able to stand strong and not let the devil win. Also, when practised, we know how to raise the shield of faith when we see trouble coming. Without this knowledge, we get hit every time.
James 4 v7 says to submit to God (know Him and trust Him), resist the devil (you have the authority in Jesus name to do this) and he HAS to flee.
So I encourage you to get your armour on. If you are a leader, make sure your people know how to put the armour on. We live in troubled days in a fallen world.
We MUST take ground for Christ through God’s power to set captives free. Hallelujah!