Every human on earth has struggles at one time or another. For some, life can seem like a series of battles, one after another. For this reason, many people have turned to God for rest, or sought to fortify their relationship with Him in order to settle their hearts and be at peace.
Whenever Christians set out to get closer to God, they find peace, and as they pray and read the Bible more, Christians can access the mind of Christ to receive revelation and divine wisdom. Having a strong relationship with God brings understanding to a Christian's life and gives them strength. It offers freedom from bondages and change from the inside out. When Christians rely on prayer and Scripture, they learn to respond to stressful situations differently and to more carefully consider their thoughts, words and actions in all their relationships.
At the same time, it is critical that Christians keep in mind that they are members of the Army of God. For those who are repelled by war in the natural, this can be a struggle in itself. Many Christians have refused to consider themselves soldiers, and having done so, limited the power of God in their lives and been weakened by the continual barrage of attacks that the enemy has planned and executed against the unarmed.
Christians don't have enough strength of their own to fight and win the spiritual battle, which began when one of God's angels rebelled against Him and one-third of the angels joined forces. Having been cast out of heaven, Satan and his demons were sent to earth. The goals of these evil forces are to deceive humanity, thwart God's purposes, prevent unbelievers from placing faith in Christ, limit a Christian's power and stop the Gospel from being spread around the world.
To counteract the deeds of rebellious angels in the unseen world, God designed special armor that He has instructed Christians to wear. The full Armor of God as described in Ephesians 6:14-18 includes a belt, shield, breastplate, sandals, helmet and a sword. It sounds heavy, but this armor is spiritual in nature and weightless. But like physical armor, it requires Christians to put it on every day.
Putting on the Armor of God can be done in prayer, by reading Scripture or during times of praise and worship. With the armor on, Christians have offensive and defensive weapons that will not only ward off attacks from Satan and demons. The Armor also provides Christians with a way to destroy the works of the enemy in their lives and on behalf of others.
"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." (Ephesians 6:14-18)
The Armor of God series continues with The Belt of Truth, The Breastplate of Righteousness, Helmet of Salvation, Sword of the Spirit and Feet Shod with the Preparation of the Gospel.