Read Ephesians 6:10-20 and ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you through His word.
The realities of spiritual warfare are overwhelmingly relevant to us today and not something to be ignored. Paul puts it plainly in today’s reading to say that we must be diligent to stand firm in our faith, prepared for the attacks of the devil and his followers.
For us to be prepared, we must be conscious of how and why the enemy attacks.
The how: In an attempt to do everything in his power to turn our eyes away from God and destroy ourselves in the midst of it, Satan uses tactics such temptation or guilt, doubt or fear, or anything that would hinder us from living in light of the truth of the gospel. The why: the devil has no greater agenda than to steal praise and glory from our God who is rightfully worthy of such things. Satan in his pride attempted to become like God and rebelled. This inevitably led to his just sentence to be “brought down to Sheol” (Isa. 14:15). With all of that said, this was not the defeat of Satan. The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus would be the end of the devil’s ability to have authority over our lives.
In Jesus’ name, we have the ability to rebuke and cast out demons that torment. We see this in Luke 9 when God gave His disciples the authority over all demons, and again in Luke 10 when the 70 came back rejoicing and saying “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name,”. when the Kingdom of God had been preached. Unlike day 3’s subject discussing God giving differing gifts to His people, this is something we all get to partake in. We all have access to power in Jesus’ name. It isn’t just some phrase we tack onto the end of our prayers, but rather an exclamation of faith that He is able to do much more than we could ever imagine. This armor that we have been given to wear was not given for us to just stand and be protected in the chance of an attack. God has equipped us for battle! The realities of spiritual warfare lead us to understand that we have a real and active part in the combat. Paul reassures us in 2 Corinthians 10 by declaring “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds.” We have divine authority and access to the very name of Jesus Christ that breaks chains.
So, we walk boldly into each day, equipping ourselves with the full armor of God, knowing we are His and no one and nothing can change that truth.
- Have you been believing any lies of the enemy that has hindered your relationship with the Lord?
- How can you better prepare yourself each day to wear the full armor of God?
- Take some time to ask the Lord to continually reveal truths of Himself to you so that you may stand firm when the enemy attacks.