We are in a battle. Whether we acknowledge it or not. I have been guilty of mentally going back to bed and pulling the covers over reality. However, there will come a time in our lives where we can no longer hide or pretend that we aren’t right smack dab in the middle of an attack.
God tells us in:
Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”
2 Corinthians 2:11, “ in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.”
I Peter 5:8, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
These are just a few of the Scriptures describing our enemy Satan. He is known for his craftiness, in fact Genesis 3:1 tells us that he is more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God has made. This should scare the spit out of us when we begin to imagine that without Jesus Christ we can navigate this life solo. Nuh uh..
Peter gives us sound advice when he said in 5:8 that we are to be sober-minded and watchful. If I am to be sober-minded as the definition explains, then I must be serious and sensible. I must know my enemy and his schemes so that I can counter attack as Jesus did in Matthew 4:1-11. As Jesus was in the wilderness with Satan, He fought back with Scripture. Every. Single. Time.
If Jesus Christ, Son of God, in His own humanity, used Scripture in a battle. Why would I think I am any different?? Ephesians 6:11 is very clear that I MUST put on the full armor of God so that I will be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. I cannot pretend that he isn’t a valid threat! He wants to destroy you. Not just today. But for ETERNITY.
So, today as I pull my own head out from under the covers and face the realities of this life. I will do as the Lord has instructed and FIGHT for my life and for those on this planet that don’t yet know Jesus. But, in addition to that, I will also warn others of the enemy known as Satan, that comes to steal, kill, and destroy people so that we won’t trust Jesus as our Savior.
Satan is an opportunist. Seeking every opportunity to destroy. Not today, Satan!
Till next time.