Yesterday we talked about some of the armor that will protect you and keep you in the fight. Today we are going to battle!
You, by yourself, come into this war on the back foot in the sense that the enemy knows you better than you know yourself. So how can you ever win a war like that? This takes some pretty deep study and devotion and it also takes some skills that you develop by constant practice with your battle gear. You can do all those things but most of all you need to keep your eyes on your commanding officer Jesus Christ.
Let’s take a good look at this awesome armor!
 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;  and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, (Ephesians 6:16-17 ESV)
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Since we are fighting a spiritual war the enemy will try to get in your head. He will try to get you discouraged and he will make you feel that there is no hope. Trust me he is good at that. To prevent that from happening we have our next piece of armor - The Helmet of Salvation!
When you put on this Helmet you put on the protection of Jesus Christ with this helmet on there is no entry for Satan. How is this? The Helmet of salvation points back at Calvary and that third day that our King defeated death and rose victorious over Satan! When you put on this piece of the Armor you have a hope that only believers have that you will have eternal life and that Jesus Christ loved you so much that he died for you. So now you are able to move forward in this battle with a hope that cannot be quenched.
 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. (Colossians 3:2)
So how do you keep the darts from hitting you and getting a dent in your armor that leaves you all bruised and banged up?
Let me introduce you to The Shield of Faith!! This does not only block but it destroys every dart and every attack that is coming your way. Guys this is a big one. Faith requires you to believe 100% that no matter what your situation might look like today or what your future looks like that God is on the Throne and in control of your life. This means when the battle is fierce you can hold up that shield and say He knows the plans He has for me and I know that it is good! By faith in God you can overcome and withstand everything. This is the start of being able to gain ground against this enemy that knows you so good.
 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.  Resist him, firm in your faith ........(1 Peter 5:8-9 ESV)
Keep your shield up at all times never stop believing in the capability of Jesus.
By reading through Hebrews 11 you can see all the awesome things that happened because people had faith in God.
Now we get to your only offensive weapon The Shield of the Spirit. In today's day they would have said your 'assault rifle’ - The Word of GOD!
In order to shoot you have to get ammunition loaded! You get these by getting in the Word of God. My friend, Satan starts shaking and running with a face full of fear and never looks back when you start getting in the Word! How do you get a shot off? When you pray and when you respond to your attack with scripture that you studied you start shooting back and, trust me, every shot is a deadly one as these bullets are precise every time. Do you know God's Word? Do you spend enough time in it? If the answer is no then I want to encourage you to start doing so because without it you will not be able to gain ground!
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31 ESV)
Now you are equipped as a soldier for Christ.