‘We are well able to overcome‘
We are on a journey in life and just like the Israelites we face many battles and challenges in life. We are comforted and privileged to know that we are not alone as God is always with us and therefore through him we are well able to overcome every single challenge
What battles do we face?
We face different challenges in life such as exams, jobs, relationships, job hunting, finances.
How do we overcome?
We are children of God and are called to battle. We face the challenges each day through prayer, the word of God and arming ourselves with our spiritual armour.
When preparing for battle, a soldier would put on his belt first. The belt was designed to keep other pieces of the soldier’s armor in place, including his sword.
First, to be girded with truth is to be firmly established in the truth of God’s Word.
Second, to be girded with truth is to be truthful, genuine, and sincere before God and others. This involves not allowing deceit and unconfessed sin to separate you from fellowship with God.
Before battle, a soldier would fasten the breastplate around his chest like a vest to protect his vital organs.
Every Christian has a vital “spiritual organ” which needs to be guarded above all else. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart
with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”
God wants your whole heart and nothing less, for a heart sets the course of a person’s life.
None of us can earn right standing in God’s eyes by following a list of rules, going to church, or doing good deeds. We are justified and made righteous only because of our faith in the Lord Jesus. “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost” (Titus 3:5).
The breastplate of righteousness, then, is a gift obtained by faith(Romans 1:17, 5:17)
- Sandals- shoes of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
Just as shoes allow us to walk on otherwise painful terrain without fear, so the preparation of the gospel of peace allows us to traverse the otherwise painful trials and tribulations of life without fear, knowing that what awaits is greater than anything we could possibly suffer in this world
First, each of us needs to be at peace with God. This is the firm foundationbeneath our feet.
Second, we need to stand fast in the peace of God. This involves casting our care and anxiety on Him (see I Peter 5:7) and yielding to His perfect will (see Matthew 11:28-30)
Third, we are called to go and preach the Gospel of peace to the nations.“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, ‘Thy God reigneth’!” (Isaiah 52:7).
A fourth and final aspect of the “shoes of peace” is to always be prepared.
the shield was both a defensive tool and an offensive weapon.
Thus, wielding the shield of faith involves holding fast to the word of the Lord and watching the Lord defend and fight for us. “Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him”(Proverbs 30:5)
Each of us will face difficult situations and temptations of the enemy at one time or another. The shield of faith is the protection God has provided to get us through these tests.
- Helmet- Salvation
The purpose of the helmet, of course, was to protect the head from injury
The fact that the helmet is related to salvation indicates that Satan’s blows are directed at the believer’s security and assurance in Christ. The two dangerous edges of Satan’s spiritual broadsword are discouragement and doubt. To discourage us he points to our failures, our sins, our unresolved problems, our poor health, or to whatever else seems negative in our lives in order to make us lose confidence in the love and care of our heavenly Father.
- Sword-The Word
The Romans used their swords both offensively and defensively.
Learning to use the sword of God’s Word requires many hours of practice. Don’t wait until the heat of battle to learn to use your sword!
The more you memorize and meditate upon God’s Word, the more natural it will become to wield the sword. You will gain confidence in speaking the Word, praying the Word, and singing the Word. The Scriptures you hide in your heart and apply to your life will be with you at all times, even if your Bible isn’t nearby.
In addition to wearing the full armor of God. We cannot neglect prayer, as it is the means by which we draw spiritual strength from God. Without prayer, without reliance upon God, our efforts at spiritual warfare are empty and futile. The full armor of God—truth, righteousness, the gospel, faith, salvation, the Word of God, and prayer—are the tools God has given us, through which we can be spiritually victorious, overcoming Satan’s attacks and temptations.
As young people we need to know our position and identity in Christ-so when we say we are well able to overcome we know who is on our side and the power we have through Jesus Christ to be overcomers.
We must remember 3 things as soldiers
We are Well Able to Overcome!!!