Spiritual Warfare

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Ephesians 6 verse 11-20

[10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
[11] Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
[12] For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
[13] Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
[17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

[18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
[19] And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
[20] For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.


When thinking about the above scriptures, one of the things that I thought of is examining the armor of God, in reverse, to see the weaknesses I may have that I may not be aware of. So I decided to share it.


[14] Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth,


Our loins girt about with lies, instead of the truth, therefore believing that fornication, adultery, homosexuality etc are not sins


Loins are defined as: "the hips and the inner surface of the legs where they join the trunk of the body; crotch

(euphemistic) the reproductive organs

mainly literary the womb" (Collins Dictionary)


... and having on the breastplate of unrighteousness;


"A breastplate is a piece of armor that covers and protects the chest." (Collins Dictionary).


Therefore not having the breastplate of righteousness but unrighteousness. Therefore our heart, which is the center of our thoughts, feelings and emotions, is not protected because of unrighteousness which is the fruit of sexual sins. Our chest where our heart is located, is a sensitive area of our body, if our heart is not protected it will eventually lead to spiritual death


[15] And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

Our feet shod with the preparation of a false doctrine, false belief system of peace, instead of the preparation of the true gospel of peace

Shod means "wearing footwear like shoes,: equipped with tires, : furnished or equipped with a shoe" (Merriam Webster)

Therefore our feet is not protected, with the preparation of the gospel of peace, instead we depend on false teachings. So wherever we go, wherever we walk or journey to, we are not walking in true peace which comes from accepting the gospel of Jesus Christ. But instead depending on false beliefs, false ideologies, false religious practices to guide us, and to influence the path we take, because we feel it will give us true peace which it will not. Therefore, instead of preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ, we teach philosophies, ideologies that are in contrast to the gospel of Jesus Christ.


[16] Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

A shield is defined as "a piece of metal or other material, carried to protect the front of the body when being attacked, or a person or thing that provides protection:" (Cambridge Dictionary)

Therefore we have the shield of unbelief instead of the shield of faith. Not putting our trust in Jesus Christ, but putting our trust in something or someone else, and therefore being unable to protect ourselves from attacks that come against us.



[17] And take the helmet of salvation

"A helmet is a covering or enclosing headpiece of ancient or medieval armor

: any of various protective head coverings usually made of a hard material to resist impact" Merriam Webster


Therefore having the helmet of no salvation instead of the helmet of salvation. Not having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ , therefore unable to protect our head (our thoughts, feelings, mind) from attacks. Left unchecked, this will lead to spiritual death, as the head is one of the most sensitive areas on our body.


...,and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:


A sword is a "weapon with a long, sharp metal blade and a handle, used especially in the past".


Therefore we have and use the sword of the flesh instead of the Spirit. Instead of using the bible or truthful biblical teachings, to defend ourselves against attacks, instead we rely on our own personal feelings, emotions, thoughts, inclinations to defend ourselves.


[18] Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


Therefore not praying to false gods, or doing mantras, or doing meditation, but praying to Jesus Christ and keeping alert in the Spirit.
 
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Dizerner

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I think only God can show us our blind spots; the only thing we can do is cry out to God to show us in dependence. Whatever your blind spots are right now, I guarantee that you still don't see them. We can't study extra hard to see them, that is dependence on our fleshly efforts. I tried to do that very thing and it didn't work. I tried extra hard to live righteously and end up falling to pride in my righteousness. It's the last thing in the world I would have believed. The most effective spiritual warfare is the humility of admitting we don't see, we don't know, and we need God to show us.
 
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