A faithful Christian is a threat to the enemy of our soul. The Bible says that our enemy, the devil, seeks ways to attack and devour us. “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” -1 Peter 5:8. We have no reason to fear because as long as we depend on God, He gives us the victory over Satan. Like Daniel who was kept unharmed when he was thrown into the lions den (Daniel 6:1-28), we too are covered and shielded by the Most High God from the attacks of the enemy. We should also remember that when we obey the Lord faithfully, the enemy feels threatened. He knows the truth that in Jesus there is power to destroy him and his evil works.
God crushes Satan under our feet. The truth is, all that the devil can do is roar at us. That is his tactic; to induce fear because his purpose is always to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). He cannot take advantage of us or win over us unless we give in to his strategies of fear, guilt, condemnation, and other sins that entangle us. When we stand in the truth of Jesus, we know that Jesus Christ won it all long ago over all these demonic forces. “He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” -Colossians 2:15. In Jesus Christ, we are in the position of victory. Jesus said, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” –Luke 10:19-20. Furthermore, in Christ Jesus we are seated with God in the heavenly places. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.” -Ephesians 2:4-7. And so, there is nothing to fear. We should not cower at the lies and accusation that the enemy is throwing at us. He was already defeated through Jesus Christ death on the cross and resurrection. He is continuously being defeated by our faith and obedience in the Lord Jesus Christ. We are commanded by Paul to stand firm in our faith by putting on the whole armor of God. “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” -Ephesians 6:10-13. To defeat the enemy, faith and obedience are necessary, that is why, Paul said to put on the whole armor of God. Whole means complete or full. As a believer, we cannot only choose to wear the helmet of salvation, or the breastplate of righteousness and disregard other parts of the armor. It should be all of it. The second important thing to note is, it is not a man-made armor. It is the armor of God. It is not devised by human logic or human wisdom. It is the armor that can destroy demonic strongholds because it is of God. Without the whole armor of God, we may be defenseless and the enemy can easily bring us down. And when we fight, we do not fight alone. God goes with us. He is the one that brings the enemy under our feet. “The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” -Romans 16:20. As with Joshua who was to take possession of the promised land, so it is with us today as we fight against our enemies. God’s Word remains true, faithful, and strong. “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” -Deuteronomy 31:8.