We had an interesting sharing at last Wednesday‘s Bible Study on the Armor of God, based on Ephesians 6:10-20 elements that fully fortify us against the onslaught of Satan and his demons. Satan of course is always busy going back and forth roaming around every moment seeking someone to devour. Hence, the Bible encourages us to always be of sober spirit and on the alert (1Peter 5:8). While Satan with his demons is real, sneaky and powerful, he has no control over those who are genuinely washed by the blood of Jesus Christ. He can, and will try, but he shivers at the name of Jesus. Acts 4:12 said, “There is salvation in no one else: for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved”.
However, we must note that it is not enough to just belong to a church; we must truly have a genuine encounter and relationship with Jesus Christ and consistently under His domain by the power of the Holy Spirit. If we are diabolical, neither warm nor cold in our faith commitment, we can be easy prey for Satan and his demons. It must also be noted it is not every problem in our life that is Satan-caused. Sin in our life is responsible for many problems we encounter in life. The choices we make daily may also be a direct causative factor with dire consequences. Sometimes, we go through some problems in innocence, like Father Job of the OT to test our faith in God. In one or any of these situations, God’s grace and power is always available to us as we stay close to Him in spiritual intimacy.
Paul’s analogy of spiritual warfare affirms that a Christian behavior has cosmic significance. For we interact, not only with people, but also with an unseen spiritual world: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm” (Ephesians 6:12-13). The comprehensive full armor for us believers as indicated comprises of arming ourselves with truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer. May God grant you and I the grace to live daily according to the new life that God has provided in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit. Dr. Johnson Omoni