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DRESSED TO STAND

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11.

One of the common things among different armies is their dressing type. Air force, navy and artillery soldiers are easily identified by their outfit. They’re given some privileges just for wearing the uniforms. The same uniforms identify them at war and bears their rank and country of service. They’re dressed to kill with weapons of war as their ammunition. The weapons have developed and advanced that they need regular training to keep pace with new weapons.

Spiritual warfare also has its attire and weapons of warfare. Just as the army do not go to war without their appropriate uniforms neither can you go into spiritual warfare without the right attire. What to put on matters, one is dressed to kill, another is dressed to stand with the whole armour of God 

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

The armour is an essential piece of warfare equipment both for defence and offence. Fighting is a must, warfare is not by choice, dressing to stand a necessity for living. Without the armour, victims abound,victors are dressed to stand as a lifestyle.

If those on a carnal combat need an armour, how much more those at spiritual war. It’s a six piece suit of spiritual warfare, none ought to be absent or missing. 

Standing or falling is not only a function of the type of attire but understanding of the use of the weapons of our warfare. There is a commandment to stand against the wiles of the devil but not without the armour of God. The armour of God is a prerequisite to stand; you shall not fall!

“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”Ephesians 6:14-17.

Prayers

Dear Father I am thankful that you have given me a commandment to stand in the combat of life as the heritage and reward of redemption. You have also equipped us with the armour of God as the weapon of life. My joy knows no bounds in Jesus name.

TRUTH AND TRICKS

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us:for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11.

One of the difficult positions to be in sports is that of a champion. There is so much pressure from expectations of fans, family, friends and colleagues to keep your title. Every tournament or contest is a battle against all the odds of becoming a former champion. So much is put into practice, preparation and strategy to win every bout. New innovations, schemes or tricks are introduced to give a winning edge.

The thought of loosing the trophy becomes the passion or driver to train to win. The devil is a former champion whose current modus operandi is devices or tricks. The dethronement is not partial, it’s total and complete in Christ. He did not loose some of his power, he lost everything but has his tricks intact. This is the truth that destroys every trick, scheme,strategy or devices of the devil.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Every believer must know what is his heritage in redemption which is power to thread on the devises of the devil. It’s non negotiable to bruise his head with truth and expose his tricks. The power is not for keeps but for show, use it or lose it. That the serpent is subtle and crafty is no longer news, but that he has no power is a fact.

How dare you fear a trickster when your’re armed or empowered with eternal weapons?

The devil truly is afraid of you, he’s not only the former champion, he’s lost the right to ever compete again for the trophy. Redemption is the triumph of truth over tricks; fallen never to get up again.

“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!” Isaiah 14:12.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the triumph of the wisdom & power of God over the ticks of the devil. No harm nor hurt is permitted, I am preserved by your power and wisdom of my lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

"I Get Am Before"

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14:12.

Living in the South south geopolitical zone of Nigeria is one of my delight even so as I am not from the area. I am amused and delighted to hear some expressions that are apt and germane in every conversation. Broken or pidgin English is the lingua Franca of the people. ” I get am before no be property” is a common but powerful expression. It captures the idea of rich persons and influential families who today are a shadows of themselves. Their names still ring a bell but their influence limited, that is the actual fate of the devil and his cohorts in the redemption narrative.

Being once the god of the earths and everything within makes him the enemy of man. Redemption is the enthronement of man as the god of this world.

 “And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”Ephesians 2:1-2.

The emblem of the devil or lucifer is rebellion and disobedience. The same is at work in all his cohorts and companions. Redemption is the termination of the captivity of the devil and release to the heritage of the sons of God. The fall of the devil marks the rise of the sons of God. The sons of God are manifesting the dominion that the devil had before the fall and much more. It’s one throne at a time, and one lord and saviour Christ Jesus. His word is law, every instruction is for the triumph of the believer.

Spiritual warfare is not a recent thing, it’s the lifestyle of the believer. Jesus Christ is lord ! Nothing can hurt you, I get am before no be property.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayers;

Dear father, now I know that there’s one throne to worship and one Lord to bow to Jesus Christ. I am delighted that nothing can harm or hurt me by any means by the same Jesus Christ.

LORD OF ALL!

And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever:a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom. Hebrews 1:6-8.

In every nation of the world and every kingdom, there’s always a throne. This might be political or a monarchy, but one throne is sovereign. In the spiritual realm also, there’s one throne, one authority that is sovereign. Jesus is not lord of some, he is lord of all.

Just like in many nations, there are dissents, but sovereignty is supreme. The sovereign takes charge of all the resources of the nation and crushes the dissents at will. The kingdom of God is no different, the sons are redeemed to be commanders and combatants of the kingdom. Dethroning devils, destroying his works at will  backed by the throne of God.

“He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.” 1 John 3:8.

The sons are seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus. One throne and one power to destroy, liquidate, annihilate and bring to nought the works of the devil. Everywhere the son manifest, the throne is activated.

The devil is not just afraid of you as a person, he’s afraid of the throne backing you. No one ever wins a war against the throne of God. It’s unassailable, insurmountable and  never loses a battle. The throne is for ever, the triumph is continuous backed by the armour of God.

To thread on serpents and scorpions is not optional but mandatory. It’s the emblem of the the throne and of the power of Jesus Christ. Never forget this- Jesus is crowned Lord of all, not Lord of some.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayers:

Dear God and father, it’s delight some to know that the throne is forever and that the kingdom reigns. There’s one throne and one power over devils and demons. It’s my turn to reign in life by the same Jesus Christ my Lord.

EQUIPPED TO WIN

Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isaiah 5:13-14.

You are not in lack because you’re black, take a look at me? Are you more black than myself. You are in lack because you lack understanding. Words do matter! What you hear determines who you become.

Those words have an eternal impact on my life spoken by Bishop David Oyedepo.

You may not be a fan of fancy preachers and church goers but the enemy of man is not only invisible but himself. The devil has been blamed for everything and anything and most times he wasn’t even close to the scene of the event. How can that be true? Ignorance is the greatest weapon of destruction, disease and poverty. You’re not held down by one demon or another agent of the devil but ignorance of the word of God. The devil is a dethroned being, he is no longer the powerful one. Ignorance of this truth is the undoing of many today.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Redemption is God’s action to empower man to live like god on the earth. Redemption is not for your reduction but enthronement into the class of God. The Son has one agenda to destroy the works of the devil. You are armed to kill or destroy his operations not fellow human beings.

Redemption therefore is for man’s construction and the devils destruction. Redemption arms the believer with the six piece suit for spiritual warfare. They are weapons of offence and defence in battle; warfare is your lifestyle. Those that live for funfare end up as victims, those that live for warfare end up as victors.

The choice is before you to live as a victim or a victor. It’s an insult to redemption to be fully armed and defeated in life. Redemption is your equipment with the weapons of warfare to win in life.

“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. 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.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer: 

Thank you father for the heritage of redemption by Jesus Christ. The weapons of our warfare are activated but the knowledge and deactivated by ignorance. I am equipped to win the battles of life by redemption in Jesus name.

WALK AND WAR

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

Warfare is not an event, it’s a walk or lifestyle. It’s not once and for all  but a way of life of the sons of God.

Man is a spirit, having a soul but living in a body. The soul consists of the mind will and emotions. The battle is in the soul.

The battle is not carnal or physical,the enemy is not a physical being. Imaginations, thoughts and knowledge are battlefield essentials. What are your thoughts, imaginations and knowledge or ignorance of Christ? These activate or deactivate the weapons of our warfare. The weapons also are not carnal but empowered by faith in God. The weapons are not personal, they’re activated through obedience of  the word of God.

“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure: and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it.” Isaiah 5:13-14.

A good knowledge of your identity and the weapons of warfare are necessary for a winning walk with God. The level of ignorance on these matters have become the cause of victimization for some persons.

Your walk with God is to the extent of the knowledge of God available to you. The weapons are not singular, they’re multiple and mighty. Have you been trained to use them, if not, the weapons are useless to you. The word of God gives mastery or training on the weapons of our warfare. The book is the manual for understanding the weapons and strategy of war. 

You shall no longer be famished neither in captivity, go for knowledge; walk and war!

“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. 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.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer:

Dear father, thank you for the weapons of our warfare activated by the knowledge of Christ Jesus. It’s time to be trained to fight the good fight to be free from captivity in Jesus name.

MENTAL WARFARE

Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11.

Warfare is the lifestyle of sons, it’s not a wish but the norm. Everyone is dealing with something at every time of their life. Expecting to live challenge free is a fallacy as long as the devil exists. Those that have solutions to situations have a perspective of welcoming challenges as opportunity for being a solution provider. 

The devices and wiles of the devil are his modus operandi, overcoming them makes you a victor instead of a victim. It’s a mental warfare, the mind is the battlefield of spiritual warfare. Keeping guard over the mind is key to conquer the devices of the devil. Ignorance of the devices is the reason for spiritual victimization. 

“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;”2 Corinthians 10:3-5.

 For every device of the devil, God has a defense and offense by the weapons of our warfare. You are not defenseless neither a prey to the devices of the devil. Some believers are off duty hence the victimization by the devil, others that are always on duty victimize the devil at will. Whosoever rules the mind, rules the man. 

For those that do physical stunts in church in the name of spiritual warfare, now you know that warfare begins with ruling the mind. The devices come as imaginations, thoughts, and suggestions; the warfare begins. The word of God is the sword of the spirit that brings into captivity the devices of the devil and nullifies their effect and activity. The word is one of the weapons of offense and defense from every attack on the mind before it takes root from obsession to possession. We reign by the truth and win by the word in the world of mental warfare. 

Every victimization ends now, give no room to the devil. No more mind games. The armour is God’s prescription for winning the battles of life.

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. 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.” Ephesians 6:11-13.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the armoured lifestyle provided by redemption by Christ Jesus. The devices and wiles of the devil are overcomeable by the armour of God through Jesus Christ.

The Battlefield

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. 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. Ephesians 6:12-13.

The battles of life are winnable, problems surmountable and challenges overcomeable. It’s important to know that the call to Christ is a warfare not fanfare It’s important to know who you are, your identity; seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus far above principalities and powers. It’s all important to know who is your enemy, Lucifer, Satan or the devil- a fallen archangel and his host. It’s also important to know what is provided for you to be in combat, battle or wrestle with him which is the armour of God.

There are no assumptions in battle, strategies win! Without a good knowledge of these things makes one an easy prey or victim. Every child of God must be combat ready at all times as the boys scout slogan “be prepared”.

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.”2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

In the school of spiritual warfare, the best equipped side wins. They win because of their understanding of their better equipment than that of their enemy. Another paradox is that an army  without a good understanding of the weapons in their possession lose. The believer is not only well equipped but has in his hands the same eternal weapon that humiliated the devil and his cohorts in every generation.

The weapon is user sensitive, the capacity is not surmountable. The full armour of God makes the believer a victor before even the battle begins. Victory is not in view but assured with the armour of God worn. Interestingly it all begins with the correct mentality as the battle is on the mind.

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy:and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”Luke 10:19-20.

Prayer:

Father God, I am delighted to know that the weapons of our warfare are eternal and the ticket to winning the battles of life. I have understanding of their use to reign in life by the same Christ Jesus.

WINNING LIFE BATTLES

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: Colossians 2:8-10.

There are some colloquials that have put some persons in perpetual bondage, one of them is “God will do it”. That sounds very familiar but I would always ask a rider, what are you doing? And the next fallacy would follow-“I am waiting on God. This is a very strong combination of phrases that have robbed many of their kingdom dignity and colour.

It’s news to many to hear that “God has done it” he is currently waiting on you to do your part. Any faith that makes God sorely responsible for the issues of your life is an irresponsible faith. Faith is a covenant, when your part is done, God is commited.

Wrestling, fight, combat is the duty of man; the sons are gods among men.

“Ye are god” is not a status symbol, it’s a combat, wrestle and battle  mentality.

“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. 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.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Wrestling is not by chance, Its a must, fighting is not a choice, it’s the norm for the sons of God. The devil and his minions are combat ready since the fall, God has given us a position and weapons of warfare for the  same reason. Every son of God that is not combat ready and on active duty becomes a victim.

God has equipped the sons to take charge of life battles and withstand the evil one. Expecting God to do it is an insult on the heritage of redemption. Sons reign by conquest; you’re not the victim but the victor.

“Rise ye up, take your journey, and pass over the river Arnon:behold, I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land:begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle.”Deuteronomy 2:24.

Prayer :

Dear heavenly father, thank you for the conquest of Jesus Christ on the cross over principalities and powers. I am equipped to win the battles of life by the same grace and power. I am not a victim but victorious in Jesus name.

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