Smacking Down the Devil
They say defense wins games but unless you go on the offensive, there would be no score, no win. The Bible describes the church as a rampaging rhino breaking the gates of hell.
Matt. 16:18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Satan’s role is to build gates in different arenas of society and culture and the job of the church is to destroy the works of the devil. God has given us the right tools to wage war against the enemy. This is what we call spiritual warfare.
Eph. 6:10-17 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
The next 5 blogs I will discuss the full armor of God piece by piece. Check it out.