2Samuel 23:11 “And after him was Shammah the son of Agee the Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered together into a troop, where was a piece of ground full of lentiles: and the people fled from the Philistines.”

2Samuel 23:12 “But he stood in the midst of the ground, and defended it, and slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory.”

To defend means to resist opposition. It also means to say no to something tempting! It is your ability to look at the enemy in the face and say a big “NO”.

The second thing Shammah did after standing in the midst of the ground was to defend it. He pushed the enemy back, he told the enemy no. This man was a well-trained soldier, skillful and strategic in warfare.

The Bible commands us to resist the devil or defend ourselves against him:

James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

1Peter 5:9 “Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.”

Every time you resist the temptation of the devil, you’re defending your territory! So, how do I resist him?

Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Ephesians 6:13 “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.”

Ephesians 6:14-17 then went ahead to mention the defensive weapons as: Belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shoe of preparation of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith and the helmet of salvation.

All the weapons mentioned here are defensive weapons and they’re meant to defend every area of the body of the believer.

The head of a believer must be covered with the helmet of salvation, which means your thoughts must be pure and clean. You must screen every thought and imagination in-line with the word of God. Let your mindset be in-line and in-tune with the word of God.

To be continued…

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