It didn’t take more than just a very few roaches in my hotel room that likely came in due to the cold outdoors for me to go all out with a vengeance to figure out how to get rid of them – IMMEDIATELY. I called the vet for advice regarding protecting my beloved handicapped ministry dogs, I headed to one store, then another, and off I went with my bag loaded up with multiple weapons to fight and defeat and obliterate those awful roaches while keeping my precious dogs and myself safe. No way were they going to live in the space with which the Lord had blessed me and my ministry dogs. Then something big dawned on me.
Why don’t we fight the devil to keep him from gaining ground in our lives in his ever effort to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) as hard as we fight against trespassers, robbers, muggers, criminals, mice, rats, roaches, mean people, violators, predators, anything or anyone who or that threatens to harm us in any way? He is the number one enemy of God’s followers, so why aren’t we going all out in our spiritual battles?
Just hours before, the Lord had spoken this to my heart:
“YOU ARE BEING PUMMELED BY THE ENEMY TODAY AND NOT LIFTING A FINGER TO FIGHT. HOW CAN YOU WIN WITHOUT ENGAGING IN BATTLE? PUT ON YOUR WHOLE ARMOR, TAKE IT UP, AND FIGHT.”
Sadly, I had gone all out on obliterating those roaches while I had been letting the devil intimidate me and trample all over me with his attacks on my mind, lies, mental cruelty, and temptations.
God makes clear in the Bible we who follow Him are to PUT ON the armor He gives us – and TO TAKE IT UP! In other words, we need to put it on – and USE IT! Enough said!
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For 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, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Ephesians 6:10-20 NKJV