As we consider James 4:7, we see how God empowers us to stand firm in battle against Satan and his tactics. This is accomplished by submitting to God and His strength. We see this clearly in another passage on spiritual warfare – Ephesians 6:10-20. In this passage, Paul instructs us to fight against sin with the strength God provides in Himself. We are called to “be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might!” This is not our strength, but God’s strength!
We are then instructed to stand firm in the fight by putting on the full armor of God. You and I are fighting demonic power – spiritual wickedness. So how do we fight the devil and stand firm against him? The expression ‘full armor’ referred to ‘a complete set of instruments used in defensive or offensive warfare’ which was worn by a heavily armed foot soldier. We are to trust in God’s armor as the weapon against and protection from the enemy’s attacks. This armor is actually pictured in the Old Testament as the Messiah’s armor. In these passages. So, when we are putting on the full armor of God, we are actually looking to Christ! We also see this pictured in Romans 13, where we are exhorted to put on Christ, the armor of light.
Lastly, we are called to pray continually for ourselves and for our fellow soldiers in the fight. Dependence upon God in prayer is essential! Prayer is not the seventh piece of armor, but the attitude of the warrior!
As we make war with our sin that desires to have us and trap us, we must look to Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith who has already conquered, whose footsteps we walk in, and whose strength we fight in, whose armor we put on, whose weapons we use, and whose victory we share. Now, let’s go out there and fight with courage, knowing the Truth!