Tuesday, February 25
Ephesians 6:12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Judging by the mindset of most believers today you would think that they lived their lives on a playground as opposed to a battlefield. They have little or no strategy as to how they’re going to succeed or overcome if and when the enemy comes against them. This is not to say that your have to adopt a doomsday philosophy and hunker down in a bunker and hide from all that’s evil in the world. However, you do need to daily equip yourself for the challenges that may arise. People, most often unwittingly, become pawns that the enemy can use to attack you or someone you care about. They allow their problems and issues to overflow onto you in form of a personal attack. While it’s not right or fun to be the victim of such things, if you’ll approach the situation prepared, you won’t suffer the same effects that you would otherwise. This is where you must understand and live as though you’re on a battlefield and not a playground. Attacks are always much more severe when the victim is ill-equipped and unprepared. Understanding that the enemy who attacked you is not the person who physically carried out the assault will help you resolve the conflict as opposed to escalating it. Your enemy is the devil and his minions who push and tempt people into a place of lashing out in an effort to take the attention off of their own frustrations and insecurities. By putting on your armor and knowing the true foe, you can effect a positive change and the only victim in the attack is the devil himself. Have you put on your armor today? Are you ready to take on the enemy should he choose to come against you? Approaching the day ready for battle will enable you to withstand any attack as well as rescue those who are victims of the enemies schemes. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff