As long as we are in these mortal bodies, we are susceptible to the devil’s attacks. But that doesn’t mean he can demolish whomever he pleases. When we see him targeting our: peace, dreams, families, and other concerns—we can’t sit idly by and just hope he’ll leave us alone. Of course, we don’t feel like being bothered with him—but that’s neither here nor there. We must be wise enough to recognize this evil; and be ready when the attack comes. His disguises and tactics will vary, but don’t be fooled—it’s him.
Not you again!
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12).
The devil’s most effective hideaway is to run his corrupt operation inside people. You might think it’s your boss, or the sale’s clerk, or your neighbor coming at you, but it’s the evil spirit within them that’s the culprit.
You don’t want anyone taking advantage of you; however, you don’t want to act impulsively; fly off the handle—leaving yourself opened for an imp to set up shop inside you. You can play around with that demon if you want to, but if you want to respond effectively and appropriately, ask the Holy Spirit to guide you concerning the matter; His Word will not return to Him void. (See Isaiah 55:11.)
Suit up; fight the good fight of faith—and win!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1 Peter 5:8)
We have to be sober so we can fight strategically. Keep in mind, strategic warriors don’t wait until they’re on the battlefield to start their training. They prepare daily:
- Devote quality time enriching your relationship with God. How close do you want this relationship to be depends on your dedication. (See James 4:8)
- Spend time reading and studying His Word.
- Ask the Holy Spirit for revelation as to how the scriptures apply to your circumstances.
- Communicate with God; pray intermittently throughout the day.
- Listen to what the Lord has to say; obey Him.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern His voice. It’s a process of trial and error.
Now when the enemy comes, he won’t just see you; he’ll see that heavenly entourage that’s backing you. He’ll take his best shot hoping your faith will balk; nonetheless: Stand firmly! The devil will flee—momentarily—he will be back.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him [Jesus] for a season. (Luke 4:13)
Not you again!
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