One of the frustrating things in my life has been to get the Church to realize that there are some very difficult times ahead. So many churches have surrounded themselves in a “Disney Land” mentality, where everything is emotionally promising. “The spiritual rides” bring releases of joy and satisfaction. In fact, people become so entertained that they can hardly wait for the next “show” to begin. There are truly many blessings to be experienced in the Body of Christ, but the problem is that many Believers are not cognizant of the fact that blessings come as a result of Biblical obedience. They want the blessings without preparation. Instead of standing (action) on the promises, they sit on the premises waiting to inherit the promises. Blessings come from a workable faith, not from spectator observations.
Believers must realize that they cannot separate warfare and blessings. Christians are called upon to wear the full armor of God. The armor is to be used both offensively and defensively. The Christian attire is made up of six pieces which, when worn correctly, make the Believer a constant threat against the kingdom of darkness. Satan laughs at Believers who are insufficiently dressed but fears a fully equipped saint. Putting on the equipment that God has ordered for every Believer to wear is a must for every situation of life. Truth, Righteousness, the Gospel of Peace, the Shield of Faith, the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit surround the Believer. Christians must realize that their Salvation is covered so they can experience the ongoing Truth that they exhibit through the Righteous of Christ. They walk in the Gospel of Peace. Their Shield deters the enemy’s arrows, while they swing the Sword of the Spirit (Word of God) with authority.
To keep the armor serviced, the Believer must surround himself in prayer. Sunday night services usually have opportunities to share prayer requests; oh, wait a minute, it is hard to find a church with a Sunday evening service! Wednesday night is prayer meeting; oh, wait a minute, it has become a time to show a video or discuss a book by a Christian author! Where has prayer gone? The Christian is called upon to always pray. Christian armor that is not surrounded in prayer will break down and become ineffective.
I urge every Believer to take seriously the coming threats against the Church. God will not forsake us, but without our participation in the warfare, there will be many casualties.
(Ref. Ephesians 6:10-18)