The Rt. Rev. Emmanuel Oko-jaja, Bishop of Niger Delta West Anglican Diocese has called all Christians to note that Jesus is not the opposite of Satan. According to him, Satan has an end, while Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. He made this observation during the Diocesan Power Night of the Abuja Anglican Diocese held at the Basilica of Grace Anglican Church, Gudu district, Abuja. He emphasized that the victory of every Christian is rooted in Christ and not in what they do. Therefore, he charged all to put on the whole armour of God so as to withstand the wiles of the devil, who he said does not sleep.
The Cleric stated that it is useless and ineffective to give a military person an armoury he or she cannot manipulate. Hence, he taught that the first thing a soldier in Christ must do is to realize that his or her strength is from the Lord and therefore, the battle they face is not theirs alone but the Lord’s. Bishop Oko-jaja pointed out that the phrase, ‘Be strong in the power of His might’, connotes that the believer’s strength has a source, which he said is God. He observed that many Christians have wasted their strength and talents getting involved with many things without mastering any of them; adding that some others lose their strength by getting involved with things that are not in line with God’s purpose and will for their lives.
According to the Guest Preacher, one’s strength in the Lord can be reduced by being in the wrong company, engaging in unnecessary arguments and conversations, lazing around, the love of money and over-ambition, ungodly entertainment, wrong attitude towards God’s word and being unequally yoked with an unbeliever. Bishop Oko-jaja asserted that a good soldier must put on the whole armour of God and not just one, for each of them serve different purposes. He noted that it is not the will of God for anyone to become a casualty of the devil and to him that is why the whole armour of God must be put on. In conclusion, the Bishop of Niger Delta West Anglican Diocese charged Christians to be aware that there will always be evil in the world; but he opined that putting on the whole armour of God will guide and grant them victory.