What better way to fight the enemy than with God behind it! I recently went live on Instagram to discuss what the Bible has to say about speaking confessions over our lives, but I wanted to write my notes for anyone who missed it or for readers who are coming a little late to the party.
If you didn’t already know, #TheConfessionsProject is a movement to help believers declare God’s promises over their lives by using His Word. You can find out more information about it here, or you can read how confessions changed my life.
The bottom line is that there are too many people living in fear and doubt, when Jesus died for that on the cross thousands of years ago. But God is so wise. He knew that there would be an enemy who is seeking to steal, kill, and destroy us, so He gave us just what we needed – something to help us withstand the attack. And a lot of it can be found in Ephesians 6:10-18.
When Paul writes this chapter, he is basically talking to Christians about how to live the Christian life. He shares with them that the Christian life is a spiritual struggle, and it is not abnormal for them to face problems, suffering, and persecution.
Skrrrt. Did you hear that? This text is STILL relevant today! Let me say it again. It is not abnormal for you to face problems. If we’re being honest, I truly believe that it is more common for you to face spiritual attack because the devil will do whatever he can to stop, distract, or discourage you from your purpose. But thank God Jesus is greater!
Let me get back to the text.. So Paul basically describes how Christians should behave in regards to spiritual warfare and how to defend themselves in spiritual conflict. And I wanna break it down for you!
Let’s read the verses, first.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,
15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
No Back Armor – Fight the Enemy
Right off the bat, something you will notice is that there is no armor for your back. What I got out of this is that you shouldn’t turn your back on the enemy. Instead, face him and fight. For you to run away in fear is almost synonymous to a child being bullied and then running away. If you were the parent of that child, you would tell him to address the bully and let them know who your father is. Yes, God is your comfort and strong tower, but you must address the attacker. Nip that thang in the bud, and let him know that he cannot mess with you.
Victory is Yours
The main reason why you shouldn’t back down is because God has already given you the victory. We can find support for that in James 4:7 where it says, “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” If you’re going into this fight knowing that you’d win, would you still allow doubt and insecurity to run your life? I didn’t think so either. So you must first make a decision that you are going to fight this fight of faith! And I’ll teach you how.
1 Offensive Weapon
When we put on the full armor of God, our only offensive weapon is the sword of the Spirit, which is God’s Word. As it says in Proverbs 18:21, “Life and death lies in the power of the tongue.” Instead of feeling overwhelmed or discouraged, overcome the assaults aimed to defeat you with your speech. Here’s the best part though. Praying and speaking God’s word brings results and answers because God Himself said that His Word would not return empty to Him (Isaiah 55:11).
Faith and Words Work Together
Something else that stood out to me is that faith and your words go hand-in-hand. Literally. When you think about a knight or anyone in the old days who used shields and swords, they would have both in hand. They would use their shield to block, and their sword to stab and kill. In the spiritual realm, this works the same way. As James 2:26 says, faith without works is dead. Speaking God’s truth or writing it out helps to activate our faith and we must use them together when we combat the enemy.
So now that you know all of this, what’s next?
- Pray. Prayer is your primary ministry and it more powerful than you realize. Pray that you would not only use God’s Word more often, but that you would also start believing His promises.
- Find your fighting verses and use them as needed. Take some time to look up some scriptures that really speak to the problems in your life. And whenever you feel like the enemy is creeping his way into your mind, use God’s word and fight.
- Start the Confessions Challenge. For 30 days, recite your confessions OUT LOUD. Before your feet even hit the ground every morning, say them and don’t skip a day. Feel free to use mine or any from this list!
In the comments below, let me know what verses you’re going to use! If you haven’t already, grab the scripture cards that go along with this post!