Born-again Christians must understand that we are at war. This spiritual conflict started when Adam and Eve gave their God-given dominion to the devil. But that authority was regained by Christ when he rose again from the dead after three days. However, the devil would make us believe that he still has power and authority . Proof of that can be seen all around us; marriage breakdown, substance/alcohol/gambling/sexual addiction, rebellion, identity confusion, suicides, etc. even among so-called Christians. We need to understand the nature of the battle that we are in. It's about time that we stand our ground and thwart what the devil is aiming for: to steal, to kill and destroy!
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit,which is the word of God.
18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.19 Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassadorin chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.