I want to encourage everyone who is engaging enemy encounters with the evil tactics of the devil. All of us face distractions by the plans of the evil one as he comes against families, churches, and our nation. We really are engaged in spiritual warfare.
CS Lewis says “Every morning we wake up in enemy territory.” The Scripture warns us to “be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) The word “devour” means to “gulp down,” “to swallow up.” It’s obvious to me that our number one enemy is not planning to take any prisoners.
Jesus said, “Satan comes to steal, to kill, and to destroy…..” (John 10:10) Satan hates everything that God loves! Now, more than ever we should be “strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.” (Ephesians 6:10) And we must “stand against the devils schemes.” (Verse 11) We must seize the only weapon we have to fight against the devil’s schemes, “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
We must stay protected and also protect our loved ones by wearing God’s protective armor so that we stand always ready to do battle. Our warfare is not a Sunday school picnic. It is war! We are not to let “Satan get any advantage over us or our loved ones.” (2 Cor. 2:11) “We cannot be ignorant of his devices.” (Thoughts, purpose, or designs.)
The devil hates you if you are a believer! His purpose is total destruction. He takes no prisoners. His end goal is death.
Now we must stand with Christ more than ever. We are triumphant through Him and in Him. “Thanks be unto God which always causeth us to triumph in Christ…” He is the victorious conqueror! “We are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.” Romans 8:37
The battle isn’t over—but the outcome is determined. We can do all things through Christ, our triumphant conqueror! Triumph in Christ means complete mastery over satanic powers. Christ “spoiled principalities and powers; he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15) In Christ, our destiny is victory! Amen!
- Pastor Virgil Amundson