For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against the master spirits who are the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day of danger, and, having done all to stand firmly in your place.
It is EXTREMELY important that we understand that we are NOT dealing with what we see. Demons and evil are VERY real. The devil is not just a metaphor. He is very real, hates you very much, and is out to get you.
Evil spiritual forces are whirling all around us, from the pulpit to the government. We MUST learn to recognize the enemy at work, and learn how to fight!
Following are some examples of the enemy at work today…
- Division: Strife, disagreements, and the like are crippling to the Church. And the enemy knows this. He is very aware of what unity can do for his cause. So, he and his slimy followers work overtime to divide…divide…divide…They help divide marriages, friendships, family, and the Church as a whole.Take Action! FORGIVE QUICKLY!(Matthew 6:14-15; 2 Timothy 2:23-24)
- Apathy: We have a Church that does not fight for righteousness. If it did then we would not be a society over run with pornography, endorsement of homosexual lifestyles, sexually charged entertainment, and the like. It’s like the Church keeps hitting the snooze button and the early bird (devil) is getting the worm.Take Action! WAKE UP! (2 Timothy 2:25-26; Revelation 3:15-16)
- Distraction: We live in a very fast paced society. Everyone is busy. Everyone has places to go and people to see. How many Christians have an active daily prayer life? Read the Word consistently? Are actively involved in their Father’s business?Have you ever “planned” to read your Bible or pray, and then go distracted? Or said, “I just don’t get this…I don’t have time…I can’t “get into” this…” ? The enemy is helping you my dear sisters. He will do EVERYTHING he can…He will pull out ALL the stops to get you to believe that it’s OK to just “be good.” It is a FATAL lie!
Take Action! READ the WORD…EVERY day! (Psalm 37:4; 2 Timothy 2:15; Philippians 1:10-11; Hebrews 12:11
PRAY…EVERY day! (2 Chronicles 7:14; Ephesians 6:18; James 5:16b; 1 Peter 3:12, 14) We MUST! If we do not, we are playing right into the slime balls hands.
Daddy God, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for loving me enough to take the time to send Your Word. And to warn me of what I am dealing with. Help me to learn. Help me to recognize the enemy when he is at work in my life. Help me to take action. I love You, Lord. I do not want to be a “luke warm” Christian. I want to be on fire for You and Your Truth. I need You. I can’t do it without You. Thank You, Daddy. In Jesus Mighty Name, Amen.
In His Love and Service,
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