Thursday, April 21, 2016

Confronting Satan

Any confrontations with Satan lately?  He seems to be everywhere.  We don't even have to be looking hard to see his activity.  And worse, his activity often leads us to make poor choices, turning into bad results.

As a Christian, do you think about the devil and his influence often?  Do you consider the temptations which come your way as being his work to win in your life?  Have you thought of all the bad things happening in our world, and how happy he must be to see our world in turmoil?

There are some warnings which scripture gives us to help in remaining faithful in our Christian walk.  An important verse is found in 1 Peter 5:8.  "Your adversary the devil walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."  Make no mistake about it.  As far as the devil is concerned, we Christians are the target of his lies, his attempts to weaken our faith, and his work to destroy us.

The good news is that no matter how hard he works on you, or how many tempting things he sends your way, you are never alone in the battle against his evil ways. God is ever present to help you, supplying the power we need to resist his temptations.

In addition, Paul wrote to the Ephesian Christians, letting them know they are equipped to fight Satan and his ways, when we "put on the armor of God."  Here is the entire scripture from the pen of Paul in Ephesians 6:10-18.

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 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 Lord’s people.

We can defend ourselves and defeat Satan's every move when we learn to trust the strength of the Lord and his mighty power.

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