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Friday, August 12, 2011

Weekly Snippet: Don't Forget the Face of the Enemy

"Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  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.  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," (Ephesians 6: 11-13 NIV 2011)

Sometimes it seems that the enemy is people.  While it is true that people can be motivated to do evil things, in essence, making themselves an enemy of God and believers, the true enemy is Satan.  He is the motivator for evil, and people are merely his pawns.  People can be changed, won over, or swept out of the way by the superior power of God, and the defeat of Satan began at the Resurrection and is already assured.  Therefore, we should not be afraid to stand our ground for what is right, even when it seems like a fruitless struggle at the time.  The Lord will defend our case, and the reward for a tenacious faith is worth the trouble!

No sin can stand against the blinding light of the truth.  Though trouble might knock us flat seven times over, the Lord will lift us up if we are faithful to Him (Proverbs 24: 15, 16).  When we have done everything else, we can still stand, grounded in the Word of Truth and strengthened by the Spirit of God.