I Peter 5:8, 9 says, "8) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9) Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world." As Believers, we do have an adversary that we must contend with. Peter tells us our adversary and enemy of every thing good and holy is the devil. The devil is constantly on the prowl looking to bring somebody down and steal the blessing of God out of their life. In verse 9, Peter tells us to use our faith and resist him. This tells me that if used right, our faith is greater than the devil's attack. The key is to learn how to use our faith and put the devil on the run.
Ephesians 6:10-12 says, "10) In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. 11) Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12) For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere." For our faith to be strong and successful over the devil we must do these things. First, we must maintain a strong close relationship with the Lord Jesus. All true faith is built upon our living relationship and fellowship with the Lord. Second, we must put on the whole armor of God and clothe ourselves for battle. We can only fight the good fight of faith by using the powerful spiritual weapons given to us by God. Third, we must know who our enemy is. Our enemy is not the people or things coming against us. Our enemy is the devil and his demon cohorts. Our faith is given to us to work against the devil, not people. When we know who we are in Christ, what our weapons are, and who our enemy is, then we are ready to win our battle.
Ephesians 6:14-17 lists the armor we are to clothe ourselves with. Paul lists them in the order that we are to put them on. We start with the truth of God's Word, enter into righteousness, receive peace, which ignites our faith. Then we put on the helmet to control our thoughts, and finally we begin to speak God's Word to the problem. When we do it right, the devil has no other option but to flee!
I encourage you to study this outline and learn how you can successfully stand up against every attack of the devil.
The Sword of the Spirit
I) Every Victory Comes Through the Power of God’s Word
A) Ephesians 6:10-17 – The Armor of God given to us so we can live victoriously against every attack of the devil.
vv. 11-14 - Every Believer will have tests sent against them by the devil.
v. 13 - We are to stand against everything that is not from God.
1) Ephesians 1:20-23 – Jesus has already defeated Satan and his demons. This is why we can defeat them.
vv. 14-17 - The armor is to clothe us in God’s presence, power, and ability.
1) Steps in putting on the armor - truth (of God's Word), righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, spoken Word.
v. 17 - Sword of the Spirit (Rhema) – the Word spoken is God's weapon against the devil.
1) Hebrews 4:12—(Logos - written Word) – The written Word has power, but the power is only released when acted upon by believing and speaking it. Truth in our heart spoken by faith out of our mouth becomes a weapon of destruction against the devil and his schemes.
B) Luke 4:1-14 - Jesus is our example on how to defeat the devil with the Spoken Word.
v. 1 – Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to show us what to do if we are in a wilderness being tempted by the devil.
vv. 3-13 – Jesus used the Spoken Word as His weapon to defeat the devil.
v.14 - The full manifestation came after He spoke the Word, not before.
C) II Corinthians 4:13 –Now we are to put God's Word in our heart and speak it out in faith and defeat the tests of the devil.