June 29, 2021 | Carol Senour
As Christians, we have to remember who the enemy is and that he comes to seek, kill and destroy. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
There is a spiritual enemy trying to harm us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the day and night, sunrise to sunset. We are attacked with an abundance of lies and an unending barrage of negativity from the world around us. If we seriously serve Jesus, the enemy will significantly stir up trouble for us. Because we know how the story ends and the devil loses the battle, we should take action daily to combat the enemy.
- Take authority over the devil with God’s Word. Speak the Scriptures over every situation throughout your day.
- When a negative question or thought pops into your mind, do not accept it. Remind yourself what the Scriptures say.
- The devil will speak through smaller-minded people and bring unexpected opposition to throw you off your game. Remember, hurting people hurt others and they are not the enemy; it is the devil using them as a tool against you. Forgiving them is not enough; earnestly pray for them.
- Follow Jesus even after you take some hits. You know how the story ends, so don’t give up!
James 4:7 reminds us to submit ourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee from us. In John 8:44, God reminds us that Satan is the father of lies, so why would we ever believe anything other than what Scripture tells us? Knowing your enemy and knowing the Word gives you the strength and power to overcome the devil’s snares.
Follow Jesus, even when you take some hits and know that you must be making him worry if he is coming after you. Stand on 1 Peter 5:9 — “Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.”
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