Sometimes our prayers are answered immediately, and sometimes they take longer. Answers that aren’t immediate are the ones the enemy attacks. When you are praying and believing for your promise, remember…
“We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth” (Ephesians 6:12-14a, NKJV).
You fight the enemy—not people. He comes against your faith and brings the battle to your mind. You will face discouragement very quickly if you aren’t equipped to fight your battle. When you start to believe God’s Truth for something, that is when your battle begins. You don’t just stand against the enemy one time. You stand against him again and again and again. Standing on God’s Truth builds your faith to believe your battle is already won and your promise received.
When you are in a battle, you need to give attention to the armor of God. You can’t just assume that you will automatically have His armor working in you. You must be proactive and deliberately allow each piece to be used in your life. To do this, you have to understand the six pieces of armor in Ephesians 6:14-17, and you have to know their purpose.
Ephesians 6:18 says that the purpose of God’s armor is to make your prayers effective. When you “put on” the armor of God, your strength is found in your unity with Him—spirit to spirit. Your relationship with Him grows stronger from worshiping Him in spirit and Truth (John 4:23, Jude 1:20). The intimate connection you have with the Holy Spirit in prayer empowers you to hold on believing for the promise God has given you.
Paul uses the armor worn by a Roman soldier as an example of God’s armor. The girdle or the belt was the first piece of armor that a Roman soldier put on around his waist. Everything in his armor connected to the belt. The first piece of God’s armor is His Truth. All the other pieces of His armor are connected to it, and they are empowered by God’s Truth. Make sure you are walking in the Truth of the Word and not focused on your feelings and the emotions they evoke. Don’t focus on your circumstances or what you are told or what you feel. Stand on the Truth of God’s Word.
The enemy will tempt you to look at the facts and the circumstances of your life instead of trusting the unseen of what God says is true. Fight the good fight of faith with the Word and not with your emotions. “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38, KJV). Out of your belly flows life. God’s Truth girds and protects your life.
The enemy will also try to tell you that you will never understand God’s Truth. Don’t let what you don’t know to keep you from believing what you do know. Fighting the good fight of faith and believing in the Truth you do know will over time help you understand what you don’t know.
You WILL know God’s Truth, and His Truth WILL set you free to fight the good fight of faith! Gird yourself with His Truth you know and stand firm. The Word is your authority. No lie can penetrate its Truth.
The Word is your salvation. Why is the Word the last place so many believers go to in the heat of battle? Know the Word. Believe the Word. And receive its life-giving promises.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,” says the Lord.
—Isaiah 54:17 (NKJV).
God’s Truth overcomes everything. It stands against any lie. No weapon shall prevail against it. You shall condemn anything that comes against His Truth in your life. This is your heritage. You are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Know God’s Truth. Allow His Truth to change the way you think until you believe it in your heart (Romans 12:2, Romans 10:10). His Truth protects you from the lies and onslaught of the enemy who tries to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Gird your life with God’s Truth. The Word is His abundant life working in you to bring forth what the enemy declares impossible (Ephesians 3:20).
God’s Truth is the foundation of your faith. Without it, you have no life. With it, all things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23).
© 2022 Lynn Lacher