Put on Your War Clothes

Put on Your War Clothes

Imagine this: You pull dirty linen off of your thirteen year old son’s bed to wash and a marijuana joint falls from under his pillow. A week later your sister tells you that your two ten year old girls dressed up like teens, acted out an erotic scene from a movie, and posted on you-tube. To add disaster upon disaster, your husband loses his job due to downsizing and you discover a lump in your breast.

What do you do?

How do you handle all of this?

You put on your war clothes…If you are a Christ follower – saved, sanctified, and filled with the Holy Spirit – the above scenario could be an attack from the devil. Satan is not omnipotent, omnipresent, or omniscient but he can and does go around the throne of God to eavesdrop and discover the plans God has for you. When multiple negative events start happening to a child of God, don’t automatically think that God is punishing you or that He as forgotten about you. God just might be ‘allowing’ the adversary to attack you to test you, to strengthen your faith, or to see if you will turn to Him for direction and encouragement rather than try to figure it out yourself.

God knows you can handle it!

God has your back!

Perhaps God asked Satan if he had considered you, as He asked him about the patriarch Job. Possibly God wants to show more of His grace and mercy. Maybe God wants to show more of His power and authority. Whatever the reason, God knows your character and He has already told you and me what to do when attacked by the enemy – put on our war clothes! And be strong in the Lord and in His power!

We are in a spiritual battle with the enemy until we are called home to be with the Lord. If you aren’t prepared for battle, it’s time to start preparations. Just like military personnel learn all about serving in the army, air force, navy or marines through boot camp, military exercises, weapons’ training, and endurance training before being sent to war; saints of God should prepare and train for spiritual warfare by praying, fasting, studying and meditating on God’s word, spending time in God’s presence, getting to know His battle plan, and developing a squadron of fellow soldiers.
 Read Ephesians 6:10-18 below:

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

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

12 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.

13 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.

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

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

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

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;


Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil……………………… Ephesians 6: 11 (KJV)


Barbara Harvey Carter About Barbara Harvey Carter

Barbara Harvey Carter is a Registered Nurse, speaker, workshop facilitator and Christian counselor. She has a passion for women's issues and writes novels about spiritual warfare in Christian relationships. For more info, please visit her website.


  1. Amen! Thank you for the very necessary reminder. It’s so easy to curl up in a fetal position and hope for rescue when we’re under attack. That’s not what Jesus told us to do. We are the Church, and He has equipped us for battle.

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