We are in a time of great spiritual battle. We are fighting against the enemy to make the way for the return of our King and the establishment of His kingdom. We know the war is already won and the victory assured in our Lord Jesus Christ. But the enemy will not concede defeat until his final confrontation with the King of kings. Until then, we are called to hold our Blood-bought positions and advance forward as and when directed by our Lord of Hosts. As we sense in our spirit the acceleration of the birthing pangs and the ever increasing nearness of the return of our Lord Jesus Christ, so too does the enemy. We who love the Lord are now operating in a sense of jubilation expecting His glorious appearing. As our joy in His nearness becomes stronger and louder with every tick of the clock, the enemy grows increasingly angry and miserable for it is with great anger and dread that he anticipates this event. True to his mission to kill, steal, and destroy, the enemy has unleashed his forces armed with weapons of deadly force. His intent is to kill or render useless in battle as many as possible in hopes that he can somehow thwart the Lord’s plans. But, the Lord shall not taste of defeat. As it is written so shall it be…Hallelujah!
12For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
13Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].
14Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,
15And having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
16Lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].
17And take the helmet of salvation and the sword that the Spirit ]wields, which is the Word of God.
18Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).