TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, July 19, 2018:
State of war; fighting; combat; armed conflict between two factions; symbolic of Spiritual conflict.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
Since the children have flesh and blood, He too shared in their humanity so that by His death He might destroy him who holds the power of death, which is the devil.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
Any person that would say that there is no spiritual warfare in life today believes the lie that Satan and evil do not exist. We were all born into an ongoing war that has already been won for us. It is a war between God and Satan and Jesus defeated Satan and sin and death forevermore by dying on the cross of Calvary for us. The verse we have written above from Hebrews makes this fact very clear.
But Satan has not surrendered. Satan is actively still opposing God and is constantly at work using every sort of scheme and form of deception to snare those who love and honor God and bring them under his control. This is why we need to put on the armor that Paul talks about in the verse we have put above from Ephesians as permanent life-long attire. Be assured that these battles will continue to persist until Jesus returns and the last battle against Satan is fought and won.
Many people today seem to feel that spiritual warfare only affects some people. Paul warns in Ephesians 6 that the day of evil will come to everyone and spiritual warfare will be faced by all believers, and we must be prepared, Satan’s goal is to defeat Christ’s Church and if he can lull believers to sleep he will win. Satan and his army of demons will use every conceivable device and scheme to turn us away from following the Lord and lead us back into a life of sin and destruction.
Satan has methods of deception like immoral acts, false theology, false religion, and worldly enticement. He knows your weakness and will hit you hard in areas where he knows you are vulnerable.
Paul in Ephesians 6 wants us to understand that spiritual warfare is real and no one is exempt from its effects. God has given us some answers through Paul as to how we are to fight Satan.
First, we must be prepared and put on the whole armor of God. We are to stand firm in what we believe girding our loins with truth and with His righteousness. Paul, when he said girding, he was referring the way that soldiers prepared for battle in his days by tightening their robes with a belt so their robe would not get in the way. The belt is the truth of the gospel. To defeat Satan we need to know the truth that is given us in God’s Word so that Satan’s deceptions do not hinder us in the battle.
Paul then uses the example of a soldier who wears boots with nails in them to grip the ground in combat. We call these cleats today. He is saying that we need to be grounded in the Word in order to stand firm in our faith that God is on our side.
We are to take up our shield of faith to protect us from flaming arrows of Satan just as shields protected soldiers in Paul’s day. Satan’s arrows are the temptations Satan attacks us with.
Paul reminds us in these verses in Ephesians 6 with illustrations from the armor of his day to wear the helmet of salvation. This is a protection for the head. Satan will do all he can to destroy what is in our mind and head of the believer. The head is the major target in battle and Satan does all he can to destroy the believer’s assurance of salvation by attacking one’s mind with doubt.
Paul then reminds us to carry the sword of the Spirit and to pray at all times, in the Spirit, for leadership and help as we face each and every battle. God’s Word is more powerful than any of Satan’s weapons. The key to winning the battles of life that Satan brings our way is our relationship with Jesus.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Zechariah 13:9.
I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My name, and I will answer them. I will say, “This is My people,” and each one will say, “The Lord is my God.”
Prepare our hearts today for the battles we will face against evil. Equip us with the armor needed to stand against Satan’s attacks. Thank You for Your promise to give us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (I Corinthians 15:57).
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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