He Fires. We Fight.

Jenna Brooke Carlson, Volunteer Writer, Huntley | April 2, 2024

You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as others do, but let us watch and be [a]sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk are drunk at night. But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation. 
1 Thessalonians 5:5-8

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Ephesians 6:11-12

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
Psalm 139:13-14

The devil is good at lying. He doesn’t just lie for the sake of speaking untruths, but He cuts to our core, feeding us garbage about who we are. Satan has told me I’m unlovable and alone. He’s told me I’m unworthy and unqualified, an imposter floating through his world. He’s told me people would be better without me. That I don’t matter. All lies.

The truth about me and you is that we were uniquely created in our mother’s womb. Our flaws and the parts of us we wish we could change make us human, and they make us vessels.

Satan also knows God’s children are powerful. He wants to stop us from doing those things we are meant to do, those things that sometimes come out of our flaws and broken pieces. He whispers lies, hoping we believe them, hoping they’ll stop us from what God has called us to do. But God hasn’t left us defenseless. His armor can protect us from even the fiercest lies.

In his book, The Full Armor of God, Larry Richards describes the helmet Roman soldiers used to wear. Called a galea, the helmet didn’t just protect the top of the head. It had a piece that covered the neck and two pieces over each cheek to protect the face. This helmet protected the entire head. As Christ followers, we have the helmet of salvation that serves as our protection against Satan’s lies.

The message of salvation shows us how truly loved and cherished we are. Jesus died for us. He was beaten and flogged and felt the weight of the world’s sins on His shoulders. All for us. When we let this reality sink in, we can see how much Jesus cares for us. That we are worthy and capable and important to this world. We bring a unique contribution to God’s people that the world needs.

Satan doesn’t like that. He hurls lies hoping they’ll distract us from our purpose, but we can put on our helmet of salvation and call him out on it. We can use Scripture and God’s truth to declare who we really are. Treasured children of the most high God put on this earth to fulfill a unique purpose. Loved, cherished and adored. That is our truth.

Next Steps

What lie are you fighting today? Renounce it out loud and declare who you truly are in Jesus.