Most of what we see as “attacks of the enemy” is a distraction from the prime target of enemy warfare – to twist and destroy your true identity, authority and right relationship with God. ​

    The real attack is on your spiritual condition, not your physical circumstance.

    All those red-flag emotions and fiery darts you experience along the way are manipulations to disguise and distract from a darker agenda—which is to deny you access to God and the Kingdom of the King, Jesus Christ. If the enemy can keep your negative emotions churned up in fear, anger and offense, then all your energies will be drained away in the wrong direction. The indirect consequence of this hit job is to separate you from everything Christ has won for you.

    Stand and resist!

    The relentless efforts of this wicked world to steal, kill and destroy will keep you exhausted, defeated and weak—Unless you stand, unless you resist.

    Put on God’s complete set of armor provided for us, so that you will be protected as you fight against the evil strategies of the accuser! Your hand-to-hand combat is not with human beings, but with the highest principalities and authorities operating in rebellion under the heavenly realms. For they are a powerful class of demon-gods and evil spirits that hold this dark world in bondage. Because of this, you must wear all the armor that God provides so you’re protected as you confront the slanderer, for you are destined for all things and will rise victorious. 
    Put on truth as a belt to strengthen you to stand in triumph. Put on holiness as the protective armor that covers your heart. Stand on your feet alert, then you’ll always be ready to share the blessings of peace.
    In every battle, take faith as your wrap-around shield, for it is able to extinguish the blazing arrows coming at you from the Evil One! Embrace the power of salvation’s full deliverance, like a helmet to protect your thoughts from lies. And take the mighty razor-sharp Spirit-sword of the spoken Word of God. Ephesians 6:10-17 TPT

    What could identify you more closely with God than putting on His own armor?

    What greater protection can we receive than the Royal armor of Christ himself, arming our own fallen flesh?

    Ewe find each piece ​lovingly crafted by the Father to strengthen and protect what the enemy most wants to destroy​—

    • the Truth and Righteousness of Christ,
    • the Peace-filled​ shalom of His victorious presence​, ​
    • the Salvation mindset of the Holy Spirit without worldly distortion,
    • the unshakable Faith and confident trust you have in Father God

    In light of the first commandmentTo love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strengthwe see these vital protection points covered by the armor of God.

    The armor of God is an expression of His perfect love!

    And the enemy’s first objective is to quench the fire of that first love.

    This is why the armor of God is so vital. It is Christ himself, your first defense against every threat to your spiritual life and love connection to God. This divine armor is forged in the fire of heaven to ensure that no weapon formed against you may prosper.

    His love arms and equips you to engage in the victorious present, not subject to the firepower of the enemy but standing strong in the fulness of Christ.

    What negative emotional cycle is the enemy using against you?

    Which piece of the Ephesians 6 armor do you most need today?

    In what way might the armor of God enable you to fulfill the first commandment?