Derek Prince

B. Childress
Oct 3 2008 08:00AM

As the representatives of God's kingdom here on earth, we find ourselves involved in an all-out war with a highly
organized opposing kingdom ruled by Satan.  This is a kingdom of evil spirit beings (persons without bodies) whose
headquarters are in the heavenly realms.

The battleground on which this war is being fought is the minds of humanity.  Satan has built up strongholds of
prejudice and unbelief in the minds of the members of the human race to keep them from receiving the truth of the
Gospel.  Our God-given task is to break down these mental strongholds, thus releasing men and women from Satan's
deception, and then bringing them into submission and obedience to Christ.

Our ability to achieve this God-given task depends mainly upon two factors.  First, that we see clearly from Scripture
that on the cross Jesus totally defeated Satan on our behalf and that it is now our responsibility to demonstrate and
administer the victory that Jesus has already won.  Second, that we make proper use of the necessary spiritual
weapons with which God has provided us.  These spiritual weapons fall into two main categories: weapons of defense
and weapons of attack.  We will deal with the first category, weapons of defense.

    "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  

    Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

    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.

    Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having
    done all, to stand.

    Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;

    And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

    Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:"  Ephesians 6:10-17

Early in that passage, Paul said, "Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God."  We are dealing with taking up
the full armor of God.

It is because we are involved in this life-and-death struggle with the evil spirit forces of Satan's kingdom that we owe it to
ourselves (and God's Word requires it of us) to put on the full armor of God.  It is significant that twice in this passage
(verses 11 and 13), Paul said, "
Put on [take up, verse 13] the full armor of God." Surely, we have been clearly warned
by Scripture that we must protect ourselves with the full armor of God.

In verse 13, Paul gave a further reason:  ".
..that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day..."  Notice the phrase, "the
evil day.
"  I (Derek Prince)  do not believe this means the Great Tribulation or some prophetic disaster that is going to
come on the world (although I do believe there may be such disasters).  I (Derek Prince) believe in that context, "
the evil
" refers to something that every Christian will go through.  This will be a time when he must confront the forces of
evil, when his faith is going to be challenged, and where every kind of opposition and problem will be loosed against him.

Paul did not question our need to face the evil day.  It is not an option but a certainty.  I (Derek Prince) always think of
the parable Jesus gave concerning the two men who built houses. The foolish man built on sand, and the wise man built
on rock.  The foolish man's house collapsed, but the wise man's house stood.  The difference between those two
houses was not the tests to which they were subjected, because each house was subjected to the same test:  the wind,
the rain, the storm, and the flood.  The difference was the foundation on which they were built.

Nothing in the Scripture indicates that we, as Christians, will escape these tests.  We will not escape the evil day.  We
must be prepared to go through it.  In the light of this, Paul said, "
Put on the full armor of God."

Paul took his illustration from a Roman legionary of his day and listed six pieces of equipment that a legionary would
normally wear: they are listed below.

    *  The Girdle of Truth

    *  The Breastplate of Righteousness

    *  The Shoes of the Preparation of the Gospel

    *  The Shield of Faith

    *  The Helmet of Salvation

    *  The Sword of the Spirit

You will understand, as you meditate on that, that if you put on all these six pieces of equipment, you will be fully
protected from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet with one exception.  There is no protection for the back.


Spiritual Warfare, by Derek Prince, Copyright 1987, Whitaker House.