Here are four defensive techniques from the Bible to use against spiritual warfare.
The Belt of Truth
Most of the equipment you need for spiritual warfare is listed in Ephesians 6:14 where the Apostle Paul writes, “Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth,” so the first order of business is to “stand” as it begins, “Stand therefore.” You can’t put equipment on unless you first stand and if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything. That may be why Paul starts of by writing, “stand up,” and then put “on the belt of truth,” which is the Word of God from the God of the Word.
The Breastplate of Righteousness
This piece of equipment protects the heart and all the vital organs, but did we make the breastplate or was it provided for us? Second Corinthians 5:21 tells us exactly where this breastplate comes from as Paul writes that it was “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Jesus provided it by His sinless, spotless, holy life…and then death.
The Shield of Faith
Do you have faith? Even non-believers have faith…in the brakes working in their care, faith in the elevator not plummeting down to the bottom, or things like this, but saving faith is received when a person trusts in Christ but is saving “faith” part of the “shield of faith?” Paul says that “In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one” (Eph 6:16). This may be a faith in God’s sovereignty that all things work to our good (Rom 8:28) or knowing that Satan was defeated at the cross and we are secure in Christ (John 6:37, 39; 10:28-29). There remain spiritual pockets of resistance, but this is a different battle because it’s with an invisible enemy who doesn’t fight fair. Remember, it’s not who you are, but “whose you are,” and that’s God’s. Those fiery darts are useless against the shield of faith.
The Helmet and Sword
I included the helmet and the sword together because they seem be mentioned as going together as Paul writes, “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (Eph 6:17). The helmet is where the seat of the intellect is and that is protected by the salvation that we received in Christ on the day we repented and trusted in Christ. Take that knowledge with you every day and you’ve got the helmet on and then the “sword of the Spirit” which is the “word of God.” That’s the only offensive weapon you have so memorize Scripture and quote it the moment you’re under spiritual attack. The enemy hates the truth and Jesus is the truth (John 14:6).
Of course I remember fasting before, reading and meditating on Bible verses in the Psalms (like Psalm 103), praying intently, playing worship music, pouring out thanks back to God, and other things like that. I hope these help you, but I also want you to rest in the knowledge that, “neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:38-39).
May God richly bless you,
Pastor Jack Wellman
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