In the Christian life we battle against rulers and spiritual forces.  To withstand their attacks we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor.

When we read, Ephesians 6:12, we should recognize that Paul isn’t only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church.  The whole body needs to be armed.  As you do battle against “the world forces of darkness” fight in the strength of the church, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit.

Those who aren’t flesh and blood are demons over whom Satan has control.  They are not merely fantasies—they are very real.

We face a powerful army whose goal is to defeat Christ’s church.  When we believe in Christ, these beings become our enemies and they try every device to turn us away from Him and back to sin.

Although we are assured of victory, we must engage in the struggle until Christ returns, because Satan is constantly battling against all who are on the Lord’s side.  We need supernatural power to defeat Satan, and God has provided this by giving us His Holy Spirit within us and His armor surrounding us.

If you feel discouraged, remember Jesus’ words to Peter:

“Upon this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” ~ Matthew 16:18


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