A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:10-13 (NLT)
Stand Firm And Fight
You are in a battle. You are in a war. You may not have realized it. You may have been unaware of it. You may have thought that all your trials and troubles, and struggles and conflicts, were simply flesh and blood type struggles. You may have thought you were simply facing difficulties of a relational nature with unpleasant and disagreeable people in the world. There is no wonder why that has been your dominant thought, plenty of that is also taking place in the world. Make sure that you are not one of those unpleasant and disagreeable people. Make sure that you are winsome and pleasant and attractive, spreading the fragrance of me everywhere. That I will do. That will be very good.
But you are also in a battle with supernatural evil. You are in a war with the devil and all his evil spirits. Be sure of this, there is an unseen world of evil rulers, and authorities, and powers. Their schemes and strategies are evil and filled with darkness. Their goal is to steal, kill and destroy life. Wherever there is death and destruction, wickedness and ungodliness, disunity, and strife, you can be sure that this dark evil is close at hand and at work. The goal of this evil is to darken hearts and minds and lives so that a multitude will never come to know and love and follow and serve me. It is their plan to prevent fruit from being born for my kingdom and glory being brought to my name.
All alone, by yourself, with your own power and strength, you will never be able to stand and fight against this evil and darkness that is in the world. What must I do to be able to stand and fight against this evil and darkness? You must be strong in my might power. You must come to rely fully on me. You must put on the full armor that I have made available to you. That I will do. Then I will fight in you, with you, for you and through you. Then I will bring you victory over the evil and darkness that is in the world. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, many times I have mistakenly thought my battles were against flesh and blood enemies. Thank you for helping me to see when I am really battling evil that is in the world. Thank you, that I rely on all your power to help me stand and fight against evil. Amen
Key Question… How are you relying on God’s power to stand and fight against evil in the world?
Living It Out… Rely on the power of God to stand and fight against evil in the world.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will give you power and make you able to stand and fight against evil in the world.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has given you power to stand and fight against evil in the world.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on the power of God to stand and fight against evil in the world.
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