We install security systems and locks to keep our belongings safe from robbers. As an added measure, we buy insurance to replace whatever the intruders might manage to steal. However, the most dangerous thief of all is not the one walking around on two legs; but the one found in John 10:10. Security systems and locks won’t keep this one out because he’s a spirit.
We wrestle not against flesh and blood.
The devil is after one thing and one thing only—our faith to believe God. He won’t stop until he replaces every promise of our Lord with one of his persuasive illegal suggestions (fear, doubt, and worry). We can’t treat these vile thoughts that float through our minds like harmless bits of skepticism. They are satanic notions; strategically placed like pieces on a chest board to gain entrance into our belief system. Once this convincing spirit wins control, it won’t be long before we are questioning Jesus’ resurrection and return.
Put on the whole armor of God!
If we think about this in the natural, an astute robber knows which homes are easy marks. In like manner, evil spirits know who’s protected under God’s covering; and who’s not. Who’s smart enough to outmaneuver the devil? He’s been around for a long time, and will still be here when we are long gone. He knows more about us—than we know about him. He has studied us carefully; he knows exactly where he can deposit uncertainties in order to get access to our faith.
Be able to stand against the wiles of the devil!
Therefore, we have to always be dressed in the armor of God. If we lay any piece down, the enemy will invade. We have to stay prayerful and be obedient to the Holy Spirit’s instructions. He is the only One who can protect us from this predator.
So the next time you find yourself in fear, worried, or in doubt—that’s probably the faith robber gnawing his way in.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God. That ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; (Ephesians 6:10-18)
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