“Do not give the devil an opportunity to work.” –Ephesians 4:27
I read this verse this morning and my brain started to wander (scary).
Two things came to mind from reading this verse:
1. The devil will take any opportunity he sees available.
2. We GIVE him that opportunity.
I certainly do not think we should spend time focusing on the devil’s schemes rather than Jesus’ power, however, pretending as though Satan is stupid or unaware of our strongholds is simply not the case.
“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” -1 Peter 5:8
Have you ever seen a roaring lion? Maybe in a zoo or something but I’m talking about a straight up wild lion in its natural habitat. One who is hungry and fearless.
Devour. Do you know what that means? It means to literally rip apart, leaving nothing behind and no mercy attached.
You see, Satan knows our weakness.
He knows that some of us are deathly afraid of failure.
He knows that some of us are plagued by insecurity.
He knows that some of us answer the door every time worry knocks.
I say all of this because we must be on guard, alert of what we are feeding our spirit and our hearts! Our words are crucial in implementing words of truth rather than lies that Satan feeds us.
However, in our weakness, Jesus is our strength.
Warrior, SUIT UP. Life ain’t easy, get a helmet.
No, seriously the helmet of salvation. You need it.
Sandals of peace. Put ‘em on.
Breastplate of righteousness.
Hurry up, now. I’m waiting. Seriously, you better not just read this and leave ill-equipped.
Shield of faith.
Sword of truth.
Before your feet hit the floor in the morning, you need to be suited up.
Before you walk into your big office meeting and make any big decisions, you need to be stylin’ His armor.
This battle is not against flesh and blood. It’s a spiritual battle. It’s not a little wimpy “figure of speech”, it’s a real battle going on.
BUT take heart, beloved! YOU belong on a team that stands in victory, no matter the enemy.
Satan QUIVERS at the sound of Jesus’ name.
Mmmm, I like that.
When you have Jesus on your side, the once ‘powerful’ become powerless.
Satan seeks to devour. Jesus seeks to EMPOWER.
If you knew you were going to win a battle before it took place, would you be scared?
See ya laterrrr, fear! I got my armor on