TRUTH: The Armor of God – Who is the Enemy?

A Knight in Shining Armour (armor) is someone who saves you from a difficult situation. The Old English tales of knights are indicative of God’s work in our lives through Christ Jesus. When Christ left the disciples, He told them, and subsequently us, “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18 Jesus was inferring that He would send the Holy Spirit to be with them and to empower them. When Paul said, TRUTH: The Amor of God: Be Strong in the Lord, that is what Paul was referencing. Paul shared with us how recognize the TRUTH: The Armor of God – Who is the Enemy?

Ephesians 6

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

TRUTH: The Armor of God – Who is the Enemy? The enemy is the devil, the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. I will get back to those, but it is really important that we recognize who the enemy is not.

WE CANNOT miss this. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood”. We hear this but we don’t hear this. We don’t truly understand. God, through Paul, is telling us plainly that man is not our enemy. Our struggle is not against man. Struggle is also used as wrestle. The word for wrestle is palē.  According to the Blueletter Bible, wrestling (a contest between two in which each endeavors to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck). The term is used figuratively or transferred to the Christian’s struggle with the power of evil.

When your spouse, child, parent, friend, co-worker, person driving next to you does something that angers you. Remember, “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood” When we remember, we have the right mindset. We will not attempt to exact justice or even to think that way when we are acutely aware of who our struggle is against. God wants us to know that our enemy is the devil. We need look any further than Jesus to see how this works. Whether betrayed by Judas, denied by Peter or crucified by the Jews and Gentiles, Jesus did not see them as the enemy. He was completely lucid on who the enemy was. 

Luke 22 tells us how the devil used Judas –  Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve. And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus…. 31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 33 But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” 34 Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Paul shared with us how recognize the TRUTH: The Armor of God – Who is the Enemy?

Now, it is our responsibility to walk in that truth through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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