Suit Up for Battle
By Amanda Detweiler
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-4
The sounds of battle fill my household on a regular basis as my two little boys, ages six and three, are always looking to defeat the bad guys and conquer evil. Before every battle my oldest will invite his brother to “suit up” with various items from our dress up collection as well as gathering the weapons we leave lying around the house like brooms, rulers, hair ties and so on.
While we do give them guidelines and rein it in at times to make sure they don’t hurt anyone or themselves, it’s a part of them that my husband and I are careful not to squash.
I remember being surprised when my oldest began to pretend playing good guy vs. bad guy because he hadn’t yet been exposed to any television, books, or play with other children that he learned it from. It was like it was innate and with what the Word of God tells us about the very real existence of warfare, I believe that to be a true part of all of us. The desire to fight for good to win and evil to lose.
While my children fight make-believe masked foes, the Bible makes it very clear where our battle lies. With the all-too-frequent tragedies we hear about in the media around the world as well as the personal tragedies we read about on social media or find out in daily conversations with others, I think it is critical at this time to remember where the battle really is and how we are called to fight it.
I love that God’s Word is truth and therefore always keeps it real about life in this world and what’s to come.
In John 16:33 Jesus says, “In this world you will have trouble,” and it doesn’t stop there, because His Word is not one of doom and gloom but of hope, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Again, in Isaiah 54:17 it says, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.” The weapons will be formed, but they will not prosper against us. I can’t help but feel encouraged by these statements because I’ve lived enough life to see trouble, but to know that trouble will not ultimately have the victory because it has already been won through Jesus. That is where we can get our legs to stand on and fight the battles that come our way because we are waging war in victory that has been won. How many of us would be more willing to step onto a battle field if we were guaranteed the victory?
As we live in this broken world trouble is certain to come in ways that we can’t even imagine and at unexpected times, but unexpected doesn’t mean that we have to be unprepared. In Ephesians 6 Paul gives us instruction to be prepared to fight well and fight the right fight.
As he closes his letter Paul exhorts the people, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For 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 of evil in the heavenly realms” (v12). You see our battle is not against people, though at times it may feel easy or even vindicating to attach a human face to evil. Our battle is with the enemy and his schemes to steal the hearts and minds of humanity from their Father. This does not excuse people from their actions and we all have to face God for our choices, but it reveals to us what we are really fighting against. We can’t allow ourselves to be distracted by what is directly in front of us as we face troubles in this world, we have to see beyond it and take our stand against the enemy who comes only to steal and kill and destroy through misdirection and manipulation and stand for the will of God through Jesus to give life that all may have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Paul goes on to tell how we take such a stand against the enemy whose ways can feel so overwhelming at times that we believe he is bigger and more powerful than he really is. It begins in verse 12 when he says, “Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.” The strength to take our stand isn’t going to come from a good pep talk or our ability to muster it up from somewhere deep inside, no, it will come from the Lord and his mighty power that truly is overwhelming, bigger, and more powerful than we can imagine. This power lives in each one of us that have received Jesus and walk in the Lordship of God and it grows stronger as we daily put on the Armor of God that Paul goes on to describe.
Most of the armor is for defense: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, and the helmet of salvation. All parts are important to work together, but I want to focus on three.
First, our feet must be covered in the Gospel of peace. Every step we take in life and into the lives of others must stand firm on bringing the peace of the Gospel which brings peace with God, peace for ourselves, and peace for others. In the battle it is our duty to bring peace that calms minds and brings hope to broken hearts without judgment or being selective. Second, we must shield ourselves with faith that covers us every way we turn. Whether we are battling for ourselves, for someone else, or something that affects the world around us we must shield ourselves with faith that says He is who He says He is and I am who He says I am therefore every fiery dart of the enemy will be swallowed up. Finally, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Our one offensive weapon in the battle against the enemy. It is only the Word of God in declaration, prayer, and praise and worship that has the divine power to demolish strongholds (2 Cor. 10:4).
As followers of Christ the desire to see good overcome evil is within us all and our world needs us to embrace that and stand. We need to stand firm against the schemes of the enemy and stand in the gap for all those whose hearts and minds haven’t yet received the victory in Christ Jesus. So, I encourage you today, whether the battle you face is within your own heart, mind, or home, or you feel called to stand in the gap for another person or people group, brothers and sisters let’s stand together.
Let’s “suit up” in the Armor of God ready to battle the true enemy. And when we do, Our God will fight for us and we will need only to be still (Ex. 14:14).
About the Author
Amanda is happily married to her wonderful husband, Josh, and is a mother to two amazing little boys. Together, Josh and she pastor a campus of Morningstar Fellowship in Pottstown, Pennsylvania and love being a part of that community.
This is Amanda’s first venture in writing, but it has been a desire of her heart for a long time so, she is thrilled to have this opportunity. When she’s not writing, Amanda enjoys listening to various messages to grow her relationship with the Lord and spending time with her family and friends.
You can read Amanda's "Sunday Inspiration" column on the 1st Sunday each month here at Pandora's Box Gazette.