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How to Dress for Spiritual Battles and Warfare

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This week, a PI Girl asked about battling warfare and how to go about defeating anxiety, depression and other circumstances.

I want to help you girls understand the importance of reading and/or clothing yourself with God’s Word and prayer. The Bible says that the weapons in the spiritual realm are not fleshly or carnal, but are, as you would assume, spiritual. You cannot fight a spiritual battle without using spiritual weapons, and you cannot expect results in your circumstances by trying to figure it out in your limited humanness. We must acknowledge God’s Word (the sword of the Spirit), which is mentioned in Ephesians chapter 6. The Word of God tells us to clothe ourselves in Christ, and to:

Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6: 14-17)

 

Prayer and the Word of God

You cannot go onto the spiritual battlefield of life without spiritual armor and protection of the Word of God and prayer. We must realize that we are in a war in the unseen realm and we should consider that sometimes in life, in our circumstances, we are called to pray. God allows things to happen to get us to draw closer to Him and also to show His power and glory. For example, Moses was chosen to the deliver the Israelites out of Egypt, and the Lord knew Pharaoh would harden his heart…in fact, God hardened it! God sent the plagues, and showed the people of God His miracle-working power. I am sure Moses prayed and asked God why He wouldn’t just quickly deliver the people.

 

Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith. (1 Peter 5:8-9)

 

It’s up to us to communicate to God, but we must realize too that God can take His time—as long or as little as He wants for His purposes. We must trust that God’s plans are bigger, better and much more powerful than our limited, finite minds can handle. We must realize the Lord invites us into prayer, communication (communing) with the Lord, as He longs for a relationship with His bride (the church). The Lord wants to have a relationship with you and wants you to experience His power and majesty. He wants you to see the amazing things He can do when we partner with Him.

 

Fasting

Jesus spoke about prayer and fasting to overcome certain principalities, but this is high-level warfare (Matthew 17:21). We must acknowledge that there are some battles we cannot fight and we have to give them to God (2 Chronicles 20:15). Fasting can help regarding defeating or combating spiritual warfare, but discuss fasting with your parents and youth pastors with regard to what could be good for you. You don’t want to skip meals with school, but you can do some juicing and do a certain kind of personalized fast with fruits and veggies that would be healthy for you. Ask God first before you decide to do a fast, but also realize it doesn’t have to be food; it can be something you love (that you want to give up, like people do for the Lent season).

 

Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chronicles 2:15)

 

Other ideas for giving up (fasting) something you enjoy: your favorite TV show, social media or coffee. The time you would spend on that favorite show you can spend with God, or with the coffee, for example, you can give that money to God’s Kingdom. Ask God to go deeper with Him and to guide you on your path.

For most of you readers, you are probably very young in the faith and/or are learning about the principles of reading God’s Word, prayer and community. God knows your heart and wants you to rest in Him and let Him defend you.

 

May the LORD answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. (Psalm 20:1)

 

[Image: Pinterest, IMDB Wonder Woman]

 

The Six Pieces of God’s Full Armor to Wear

1. Belt of Truth (God’s truth)

2. Breastplate of Righteousness (covers and guards your heart and body)

3. Feet Fitted with the Gospel of Peace (where we walk, we share the Gospel)

 

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of the messenger who brings good news… (Isaiah 52:7)

 

4. Shield of Faith (hold up your shield when fiery darts of doubt come and they will be quenched by the living water that covers you…the living Word of God)

5. Helmet of Salvation (guard your mind and thoughts with the Lord’s truth and security)

6. Sword of Spirit (the sword is the most important, as it is God’s literal Word)

 

PI Girls, do you put on God’s armor before you go to school, work or prior to leaving your house? Comment below!

Image: Lightstock | Rob Birkbeck

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