This is war!
In chapter six, Paul mentioned that we are in a battle against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens. Sometimes it looks as if we are battling people, but the fight is deeper than that. We are in a spiritual battle.
So how do we fight things in the spiritual realm? I’m glad you asked, because Paul told us what our weapons are. He talked about the full armor of God. The pieces are truth, righteousness, readiness, faith, salvation, the Word of God and prayer.
When we are equipped with these things, we cannot be defeated by the enemy. That’s not to say that the battle will be easy. It will not. But we cannot avoid the battle. The enemy brings the battle to us. His attacks are vicious, because the stakes are high. He would like nothing more than us to surrender…to lay down our weapons, because doing so will render us useless to God and to those to whom God would have us go to make disciples and bring along in the faith. Remember what our mission is, brothers and sisters. Just before Jesus ascended into Heaven, He gave that mission to us. He said, “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you.” And He gave us this promise, “And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”