For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
There is one thing we can’t afford to forget: We are in a constant battle.
Have you ever had a time when every aspect of life seemed to be blissful, then suddenly and unexpectedly the tables turned and you felt the weight of the world again? Your heart plunged from absolute assurance to a terrible travail.
When all seems to be going right for once, it is nice to be able to enjoy the peace and breathe fresh air after the hard storms pass.
However, it is not a time to become ignorant or overly confident.
Too often we think we are strong enough to handle what the demons throw our way; we hope to impress God with our battle strategies.
But the minute we raise our heads up to announce the coast is clear is exactly when our enemy will be ready to aim and fire.
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“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour…” 1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
God has His walls of protection around us at all times; but it is our duty to be smart and stay down. If we step over and out of the safety zone, our enemy is hot on our trail.
Never underestimate him—he is far more ruthless and crafty than we tend to imagine.
He studies us carefully and knows our every weakness and wound.
Satan detests our happiness. He will do anything he can to destroy it. But he doesn’t have power to dampen our spirits unless the Almighty gives him the access, just like in the Old Testament when Satan was granted God’s permission to tempt Job (Job 1:12).
With this in mind, it is not only comforting to know that God has the ultimate say, but also that when He does allow the opposition to attack us, it is because He has confidence in us to overcome the challenge.
The Lord never grows tired of watching us resist the spiritual hostility that attempts, ceaselessly, to steal our joy and shake our confidence.
He may even allow that force to attack us just to keep us on our feet, battling hard for His peace of mind; God has no need for lazy fighters.
“…Resist the devil, and he will flee from you,” James 4:7 (KJV).
Whether it is a physical ailment or a restless bombardment of the mind, we have every right as Christians to refuse it and claim our deliverance in Jesus.
We can easily become lethargic when conditions are optimum, or bitter and calloused when things go haywire. Disappointment isn’t a sin—so long as we don’t allow it to brew and override our faith in God’s overall purpose for us.
No, we do not belong here; we walk on the devil’s territory every day. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be a pain in his side while we sojourn as soldiers.
This year is sure to bring all kinds of snares and slippery slopes. Don’t let the enemy think his tricks and trials have gotten the best of you, though.
Keep your sword drawn and your head hidden safely behind God’s Word.