“3 And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth: and unto them was given power, as the scorpions of the earth have power.
4 And it was commanded them that they should not hurt the grass of the earth, neither any green thing, neither any tree; but only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.
5 And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but that they should be tormented five months: and their torment was as the torment of a scorpion, when he strikes a man.
6 And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them.” Revelation 9:3-6
This is but a mere glimpse into the spirit world of darkness. These are the principalities, powers and rulers of darkness of which we wrestle.
“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13
It is to be well noted that the Armor is God’s and in it we stand. We do not get up every morning standing in front of the mirror pretending to put it on. That’s foolishness. In God’s Armor, we understand the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We understand Who He is and what He has done to pay the penalty of sin for the believing sinner and break the power of sin for the Saint.
“14 Stand therefore, having your loins gird about with Truth, and having on the Breastplate of Righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace;
16 Above all, taking the Shield of Faith, wherewith you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the Helmet of Salvation, and the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God:” Ephesians 6:14-17
In God’s Armor we are imputed His Righteousness through the Blood of Jesus Christ Who cleansed us from all unrighteousness. We are given peace beyond all understanding in God’s Armor. Our faith being in the Cross of Christ is the only Shield of Faith in which the devil recognizes. All other shields of faith (faith in our consecration, efforts, intellect, abilities, etc.) are consumed by fiery darts.
Renewing our minds daily, fighting the good fight of faith in the Cross of Christ, is the Helmet of our Salvation. We are Saved to the uttermost through the precious Blood of Christ and we are kept through the precious Blood of Christ. No one can pluck us out of the Hand of God when we are abiding in His Armor. God’s Word is the two edged Sword which severs the old man and creates in us a clean heart.
In God’s Armor, submitted unto Him, we are able to stand and resist the devil. Fully submitted unto God, standing in His Armor and His Power through faith in the Cross of Christ, the devil must flee.
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
Be gone devil. I know in Whom I have believed and am fully persuaded He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him. I remain determined to know nothing else except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Is there anyone else among us who knows this God of Whom I serve? Is there anyone else standing in God’s Armor with the Power of God resting in their hearts saying I Am that I Am? I know God has allowed the devil to scatter us to declare this message to the four corners of the world. I know that He is sending His Laborers into the harvest. I can hear the sound of an abundance of rain. I see the cloud the size of a man’s hand. Lord send the rain!!
-Donna Clark Warren