A punch up with satan – Know your God (Part 2)!

Posted: 04/07/2011 in God
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It’s so easy to breeze over or become blasé about the following passage when we talk about spiritual warfare but if we are facing a battle that we know is not of this world how much of what the apostle Paul talks about are we actually doing? And if we are not doing it then how can we possibly be surprised that we are pushed back and beaten down? In my last post I mentioned that I think there are three keys to fighting  a spiritual warfare battle and they come directly from this verse.

  • Know your God
  • Know your enemy
  • Know your weapons

First, let’s consider the full passage.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armour 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 armour 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 (Ephesians 6:10-18).

  •  Know your God

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power…” God’s power is something I don’t think we understand very well. It’s some kind of vague concept that we acknowledge but don’t really think we’ll ever see or experience, especially in our own lives. We often hear the word omnipotent (all-powerful) used to describe God’s power. The text this is taken from is Rev 19:6 which actually uses the Greek word pantokratór, meaning unrestricted power exercising absolute dominion, or in English – omnipotent. The power spoken of in this passage comes from the Greek kratos, meaning exerted strength. It occurs ten other times in scripture. It is power God is worthy of (1 peter 5;11, Jude 1:25, Rev 5:13), eternal (1 Tim 6:16) and strengthens us (Col 1:11, 1 Peter 4;11). Paul says in Ephesians 1:19 that God’s power is incomparably great! If it is incomparable that means that nothing in all heaven or earth, not even the devils power can be weighed against, measured up to or matched with God’s. Paul goes on to say “that power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when He raised Christ from the dead” (Eph 1:20). Jesus lay dead and buried in a tomb for three days and God raised him to life! His power can also be seen in creation. God spoke and light appeared. He SPOKE. Four mere words and light filled the expanse into which He created the universe. It wasn’t the words that were power but the God behind the words. And the same for the rest of creation; can you fathom that kind of power? Nothing is impossible for God (Matt 19:26), nothing is too hard for Him (Jer 32:27). And unbelievably this power is available to us. Ephesians 6:10 says be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. In it! IN it! IN! Are we really going to let that power sit idle like a bomb whose fuse has been cut?

The second point we can glean about God from this passage is that He is a provider. In fact a name given to God is Jehovah Jireh meaning God provides (Gen 22:14). He does not leave us alone to fend for ourselves (Mat 28:20b, Heb 13:5) and this passage in Ephesians shows us that He has provided us with the armour of God. If we are told to put on the full armour it must mean that all of it is available to all of us all of the time.

So we have both the power of God and offensive and defensive weapons with which to fight the kingdom of darkness. No wonder we can say we are more than conquerors (Rom 8:31-37).

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