Once you have conquered the temptation within God makes available powerful weapons for you to use against the attacks of the enemy.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness 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. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints" Ephesians 6:10-18
What does prayer have to do with these weapons? Arm yourself with these weapons using prayer!
Belt of Truth – “Holy Spirit, guide me in truth and convict when I don’t”
Breastplate of Righteousness – “Father, make my heart right and keep it right”
Gospel Shoes – “Help me walk worthy of your good news so I can share it!”
Shield of Faith – “Father, fill me with your faith today against the enemies attacks”
Helmet of Salvation – “Holy Spirit, guard my mind against lies and accusations.”
Sword of the Spirit – “Father, I hide Your Word in my heart today”
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS ABOUT SPIRITUAL WARFARE – The battle is won!
LORD’S PRAYER SUMMARIZED IN FOUR WORDS:
I believe the important truths of this significant prayer can be capsulized in these four concepts:
“FATHER” - Do you know God as your spiritual Heavenly Father? Are you living in an intimate personal relationship with Him?
“KINGDOM” - Do you know God as the King of your life? Have you surrendered to Him? Are you living in obedience to Him?
“FORGIVE” -- Have you repented of all your sins? Have you received His forgiveness? Have you forgiven all others? Anything that is not forgiven with be used against you by the enemy.
“LEAD” - Are you living under the leadership of the King? Are you following Him?
IN THESE FOUR WORDS ARE THE KEYS TO VICTORY!
Based on how our culture is crumbling and judging by the direction our world is heading, with the attacks against Christianity and recent assault on the Catholic Church, we very well could be facing some very trying times. If you put on the armor of God and if you know Him as your Father and follow Him as your King, you will face those tests and trials triumphantly!