Watch Out for the Adversary
Warning signs are everywhere. These brightly colored signs give us instruction to yield. They warn us of an upcoming construction zone and of a one lane road ahead. They caution us of the danger ahead of us to give us ample time to react and take another route. When we see these signs we heed the warnings. All of these were put into place to help guide and protect us.
Scripture tells us that we have an adversary. Unlike the warning signs, he is cunning, crafty, and lying twister of God's Word. He is a malicious enemy who malins believers. The outside evil forces that come against the Christian demand that we, as Children of God, stay alert. We must be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5-8).
God does not leave us to fight this battle on our own. He gave us a plan of defense. We are to resist him (Satan), firm in your faith (1 Peter 5:9). We are to stand up against. We are to remain firm in the Christian faith. We are to continue to live in accord with the truth of God's word. If we know sound doctrine and obey God's truth, Satan is withstood (Eph. 6:17).
Let us take up our armor today and wield our swords. Let us put on our helmet of salvation. Let us stand firm with our shields up ready for the battle before us. Let us take up the whole armor of God that you may be able to withstand in the evil day (Eph 6:13).
Lord, I come to you today with a humble heart. My heart is overwhelmed by your grace and mercy. Your Word is life. Your Word is living and active and sharper than any two edged sword. May I remember the strength that I have in You to fight against the onslaught of flaming arrows that assail me. Help me to remember that I have Jesus Christ as my defender and avocate who stands before you making intercession for me. Thank you for the Holy Spirit that witnesses with my spirit that I am Yours. I am in awe and my heart swells within me to think that the Creator of the universe knows and cares for me. Thank you for Your grace and Your mercy. Thank you for Jesus Christ who is my Lord and my Savior. It is Jesus name I pray, amen.