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TAKING A STAND AGAINST YOUR ENEMY

 

Prior to entering a battle of any kind, certain preparations need to be in place. With respect to the military, for example, a detailed perspective is absolutely essential in terms of the calculations, plans and strategies to be used. Being ready for battle, begins by investigating the capabilities of the enemy and ensuring that you, the opposing side, stand more competent.

This kind of battle is not confined solely to the military of a country. As servants, we, too, have such a battle raging on in our spiritual lives as we read in 1 Peter 5:8, "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour." This truth is confirmed to us again, as we learn the specifics of our struggle, as outlined by Paul the Apostle to the Ephesians, "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms" (Ephesians 6:12). Our almighty God, however, in His perpetual care, has taught us how to deal with the devil in 1 Peter 5:9, "Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings."

Indeed, God gives us His Word to strengthen and empower us in order to stand against the devil. Interestingly enough, the devil gets his strength from being centred on the Word of God. Although, in his cunning ways he attacks us and tries to make us doubt God and the very truth of His Word. In the garden of Eden, the devil initiated his first such attack with Eve and until now, he uses this devious and manipulative tactic. The devil, also known as the tempter, implemented this same strategy with our Lord Jesus Christ while he tempted Him three times in the wilderness. It was during the second temptation that the devil said to the Lord, "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: "'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone'" (Matthew 4:6). These words that the devil spoke to our Lord were in reference to Psalm 91:11-12 that reads, "For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone." Therefore, in this, as in all temptations, servants need to understand the utmost importance for them to be rooted in the Word of God. Day in and day out, we need to hear, read and meditate on the words of the Holy Bible in order to know the mind of God, in relation to His salvation and promise of victory over Satan through Christ Jesus our Lord.

Many, are the tricks of Satan including being characterized by treachery. Through this evil device he prepares an attack and initiates a battle when we are weak. This is essentially what happened with King David. He was supposed to have gone to battle when he sinned with Bath-sheba, the daughter of Eliam, who was the wife of Uriah the Hittite. Yet again, with such subtlety, the devil came to our Lord Jesus to tempt Him after having hungered. It is from such temptations, of which we need to be aware and to which we need to be alert. In the battlefield of life's struggles, however, God has not left us alone, but He has lovingly and mercifully given us protection that is spiritual in nature. In His wisdom, God has provided to shelter us from these, the devil's, fiery darts through the whole armour of God that is, the shield of faith and the Word of God abiding in us which allows us to overcome the wicked one.

Yet, at times, the inability on our part to change a particular situation, gives success to the work of Satan. Perhaps, for example, you are a nervous person. The devil will use this weakness and begin to attack you, again and again. And so, it is important to revise your way of thinking, which is the essence of your weakness, and then, to change your behaviour. In this manner, you can work on your weaknesses one after the other while requesting aid from the Holy Spirit. This may take some time, but it would help to have goals in place specifically, to defeat Satan and to come into the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ (Ephesians 4:13). The beauty of this is, the more you get purified from your weaknesses, the more the fulness of the Holy Spirit becomes apparent in you.

In closing, the devil never tires and is always ready to do battle with those servants who are active and zealous in their service for almighty God. And now, a question arises and it is, what should we do to keep ourselves prepared for such attacks? To begin, it is of vital importance to keep our eyes and hearts centred on God by having a true personal relationship with Him. As well, it is imperative to be grounded in and nurtured by the Word of God. Also, to live in accordance to the ethics of the Lord Jesus in terms of our love and humility. And last, to serve others free from condemnation, being diligent not to be a stumbling block to others and to be filled with wisdom from on high. In this matter as in all matters, let us look to our good God for help, direction and counsel that we may stand strong through Him, against our enemy. And together, let us serve our Lord and God in sincerity, in truth, in holiness and righteousness in order to hear His joyful words, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness" (Matthew 25:21). Amen.

 

 

By: Laith Maqadsi

Edited By: Raeda Dear

 
 

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