One of Satan’s primary strategies for harming American Christians is to convince them that he doesn’t exist.
His attacks are subversive and under the radar. He rarely shows his true, ugly, evil, demonic self. He knows that the compounding effect of seemingly small compromises is disastrous, so he picks us apart little by little — setting traps, making false promises, selling us a bill of goods, constantly lying, always attacking. His goal is to destroy our confidence in God’s faithfulness.
People tend to either diminish or dramatize the realities of the battle between God and the devil. Both options are destructive and set us up for defeat. Biblical sanity is somewhere in the middle of those two extremes.
From cover to cover, the authors of scripture speak of spiritual warfare. They assume the presence of an enemy who is always on the prowl looking to attack the people of God. This is especially apparent in the life of Jesus.
Every day we wake up in in the midst of this war, whether we realize it or not. Every Christian should formulate a battle plan against the enemy based on the remarkable wisdom found in Ephesians 6:10-18.
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
If we put these verses into practice, God will empower us to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
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