Like the Boy Scout Motto – Be Prepared!

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6.12

How does it feel to be wrestling with someone or something you cannot see? Our enemy isn’t someone we can grab by the collar and wrestle to the ground and overcome with a show of strength. As a matter of fact, it would be foolish for us to attempt to overcome him in our own strength anytime. Take note of how Paul describes this enemy: (1) principality, (2) power, (3) ruler of the darkness of this world, and (4) spiritual wickedness in the heavenlies.

Paul knew about this enemy first hand. He encountered him almost every place he went to preach the gospel and/or start a church. In case you are wondering WHY this enemy would pick on you, just remember that he took Jesus on when He was in the wilderness.

In another place he is described as a roaring lion: “Be sober (be serious), be vigilant; because YOUR adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking who he man devour.” Satan’s intent for each one of God’s children is to render them totally ineffective in doing kingdom work, and to keep them spiritually defeated as much as he possibly can.

This entire passage in Ephesians 6 is critical to our battle down here on earth. In the preceding verse (11) Paul tells us what we need to do: “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Wiles is a plural word meaning tricks, ruses, ploys, schemes, dodges, maneuvers subterfuges, shenanigans, artifices, guile, artfulness, cunning, craftiness. In a nutshell, the devil is sneaky when it comes to the ways he comes after God’s children.

IF we want to be victorious over Satan, we must take Paul’s advice and put on the whole armour of God (vs. 13-18). Just my thoughts …

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