Before we jump into The Armor of God, we need to find out just what…or who we are up against. If you haven’t already, open your Bible to Ephesians 6:10-20, or simply click the handy-dandy link above. Read verses 11-12. Who are we fighting against?
We’re not fighting anything from here on earth. Our enemy does not originate from any one man. No, our fight is, “against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” vs. 12. In short our enemy is Satan, Lucifer, the Devil and all his minions.
The first thing many of us picture when we hear the word “devil” is someone dressed in a cheap Halloween costume outfitted with a red cape, horns, and matching plastic pitchfork; hardly a terrifying sight for anyone who has outgrown being afraid of the dark.
But just how afraid should we be of Satan? Where did he come from and why would God need to provide us with armor to protect ourselves from him? Well, I scoured scripture, with the help of my trusty Concordance Bible and Bible Gateway. Here are just a few things I discovered…
- Satan was once God’s servants, an angel in heaven who was consumed with pride because of his beauty and high standing. He was cast down from heaven and has dominion here on earth. Ezekiel 28:12-19, Luke 10:18, John 14:30, and I John 5:19
- Satan’s goal is to go against God, hurting Him the only way possible…by tormenting God’s children and drawing them away from Jesus their Savior. Genesis 3:1-7, Zechariah 3:1, Luke 8:12, II Corinthians 4:4, and I Thessalonians 2:18
- And he knows what he’s doing too! He is the Father of Lies, an expert at convincing us to believe just about anything. Genesis 3:1-7, Matthew 13:38-39, John 8:44, and II Corinthians 11:3,14
- Satan is in no rush either. He will bide his time until we are weak before he attacks. Matthew 4:1, Luke 4:1-13, and I Peter 5:8
- Satan is violent, and doesn’t hesitate to take over an empty heart. I Samuel 16:14, Matthew 12:43-45, Luke 8:29, Luke 22:3, and John 8:44
The list could go on with verse after verse depicting just how dangerous Satan is and his deep desire to drag us away from our King, but here are a few other things you might want to know about our great enemy…
- He knows exactly who Jesus Christ is…and he’s terrified of Him! Matthew 8:29, Mark 1:24, Mark 5:7, Luke 4:41, and Acts 19:15
- Satan knows he must obey commands given by faith, in the name of Jesus. So start your rebuken’! Matthew 17:18, Luke 4:34-35, Luke 9:42, Luke 10:17, and James 4:7
- He may have dominion…but it’s not going to last for long! The clock is ticking down until Satan is a total goner and God puts him out of his misery. (More like gives him eternal misery!) Genesis 3:15, Matthew 8:29, John 12:31, Romans 16:20, Hebrews 2:14, II Peter 2:4, Jude 1:6, Revelation 12:9, and Revelation 20:10
Whew! The Devil is not someone to trifle with by any means, but grace be to God, because He has given us His very own armor to resist Satan and his schemes; Ephesians 6:10-11.
Next time, we will examine the pieces of armor God has given us to battle against our enemy. We will discover just how each piece offers protection and ultimately victory! See you soon!