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So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm. Be ready! Let the truth be like a belt around your waist, and let God’s justice protect you like armor. Your desire to tell the good news about peace should be like shoes on your feet. Let your faith be like a shield, and you will be able to stop all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Let God’s saving power be like a helmet, and for a sword use God’s message that comes from the Spirit.
The battle we fight against evil as followers of Jesus is successful because we are outfitted with God's protective armor and because we are using God's message as our weapon! If you use some other message than the one from God you will fail utterly.
Basically, the words that come out of your mouth should be from God, not from yourself.
I recently watched a powerful drama on television. The main character was very impressive as every word that came out of his mouth had been carefully scripted so he could deliver it as a gifted actor. Then I saw the same man talking about his role. I could tell it was him, but his words were his own, not the words of the author of the story. The difference between the actor speaking the author's words or his own words was dramatic. As the character in the story his words were moving and powerful. As himself, talking about the role his words were pretty ordinary and certainly not words with force and power.
Are you trying to fight Satan with your own words or are you doing what Jesus Himself did when tempted by the Devil. Jesus answered Satan with the Words that God had written in the "Script." Or should I say Scriptures?
God has written the story and He wants you to use that message to do battle with evil. When you use the Sword of the Spirit you cannot lose, but when you use your own words you cannot win!
"Lord Jesus, help me to learn the Words that I need every day to fight the Enemy. And may You, Jesus be praised forever. Amen."