Saturday, April 28, 2012
In a military battle the object is to defeat the enemy. You protect yourself with the proper equipment before you go into battle.
We are in spiritual battle here on earth between the forces of evil(Satan) and good(God). Many are enemies to the cross of Christ and hate the message that is in the Bible and will do anything they can to stop Christians from spreading it. Our protection is prayer and the Armor of God.
Ephesians 6:11-18 says "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. 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.Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 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 saints. " You can actually visualize putting on the armor to protect you from those fiery darts fired at you and your family members. The enemy is out to trick and deceive believers and even cause some to believe a lie. It is not just the unsaved who have to worry.
This world is not our home as Christians . We are simply here as representatives of Christ on a temporary basis. The military has a term called TDY when a soldier leaves his home base for 'temporary duty' in another location but will be back when the mission is finished. We too are sort of TDY here and doing our mission to win others to Christ ,or at least we should be.
The world and all its appeal and fun will pass away. Only what its done for Christ will last .1 John 2:17 says "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever." Are you shining the light of Jesus wherever you go and no matter what happens? Do you cave in when trouble comes your way?
Satan is referred to in the Bible as the 'prince of this world' and one day according to John 12:31 he will be driven out. Jesus is the true light and can drive out the darkness of evil. John 3:19 says "This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil."
Do you love darkness and the pleasures of this world more than Jesus? Ponder that for awhile. This world loves the darkness and it hated Jesus and it will hate you according to John 15:18 because you love Him and follow Him. Romans 12:2 reminds believers "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." Who are you conforming to? Do you hide your light under a basket so to speak?
2 Chronicles 20:15 gives us hope when it says "He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's". The battle is not ours!! Hallelujah!! We know the enemy is seeking to destroy us, deceive us, depress us, discourage us, lie to us and just basically hates us. He is called an 'angel of light' in 2 Corinthians 11:14. Pretty tricky the way he tries to get us to fall for his schemes.He even works through humans to carry out some of his plans because he has deceived them as well. Be alert it says in 1 Peter 5:18. "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour."
Stay in the word of God and tell Satan to get behind you as you are a child of God!
PRAYER: Lord I know the enemy is roaming around and trying to get us to follow him instead of God,. He puts wrong thoughts into our heads and makes us complacent towards wanting to grow in Christ. He knows if he can trick us and make us too tired to read the Bible we will not have the power to defeat him. Father help me stay alert to his tricks and not fall for them. Keep my family protected and help them too not be deceived. In Jesus name. Amen.
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