“Danger gathers upon our path. We cannot afford— we have no right— to look back. We must look forward.”

Winston Churchill, 10 December 1936

Like it or not, we are at war, and it intensifies. Ahead of his time, Churchill predicted the gathering global storm unleashed by Nazi Germany. But in 1936, Parliament remained blind to the mounting evil, continuing to the last minute to appease Hitler to secure “peace for our time.”

History proves Churchill correct, “You cannot reason with a tiger when your head is in its mouth!”

The Bible is clear. We are locked in battle against the devil and his forces of hell who lie, kill, and destroy (John 8:44). By God’s grace, there remain shafts of gospel light across the darkening globe as we march toward the ultimate battle of all battles pitting the forces of God against the minions of hell. That is the truth, like it or not.

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12 /ESV).

Paul commands the Ephesian church to put on the armor of God to stand against the devil’s schemes (Ephesians 6:12). We sometimes fail to recognize that all the verbs in Ephesians 6:13-18 are second person PLURALS. Using southern vernacular, “Y’all put on the armor of God.”

These are not commands for individuals to put on or take off God’s armor every morning and evening. The entire church engages in this spiritual battle in God’s armor that we collectively possess in Christ and through His written Word.

We make worldwide disciples in the middle of a literal fight to the death, but our weapons are different from the world’s weapons. Ours have divine power to demolish the enemy’s lies and strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).

A primary weapon is prayer. Paul pleads with the Ephesians for their prayers so he might “proclaim the mystery of the gospel” (Ephesians 2:19).

Every church member must engage this battle every day. We engage continually in prayer as we stand firm in God’s armor, so we can make disciples of all nations till Jesus returns.

Authored by Dr. David F. Ingrassia, Stewarding Pastor of Charlotte Awake