Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 26
We can’t continue to talk about God’s goodness and faithfulness without mentioning our very real enemy who will stop at nothing to tear us away from God and replace our faith with fear and doubt.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
So who is the evil one and why do we need protection?
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
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10
And if you are not convinced yet that the enemy is no good, consider this:
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour 1 Peter 5:8
Notice he is not looking for someone to “gently chew” or “sniff”, but he is ready when you are not looking and when your defenses are down to rip you apart!
This is why we are called to be of a sober mind, alert and on guard, and as the verse for today suggests, the Lord will strengthen you and protect you.
So how is the Lord faithful to strengthen us and protect us?
He gave us exactly what we need in order to be able to deflect the attack of the enemy through His word.
While there are SO MANY VERSES that tell us what to do to protect against the enemy, here is a short list of a few:
- guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23)
- take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
- do not conform to the patters of this world (Romans 12:2)
- put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13)
These verses are the truth in which we stand on and what we remind ourselves.
Remember Adam and Eve in the garden, we see that Satan was indeed the accuser and the author lies in his dialog with Eve.
He is still the liar and accuser in our life too. He plays the same broken record over and over again in our minds. His schemes are not new and they are predictable.
THEY ARE PREDICTABLE.
When you surround yourself with the truth you can spot the lie. If you know your weak points, you better believe the enemy knows your weakness also.
Knowing that the enemy knows what tired old record to play, it prepares us to be able to take the record from him before it begins, throw it out and replace it with a new song.
Satan spins the same tired record, we choose whether or not we listen to his song.
If you know what move your enemy is going to make before they move, then you can be right there to stop them!
Awareness is what we need to make a choice and take action.
I’m going to leave you with an annoying cliff-hanger here until tomorrow because I want to discuss this idea a little further tomorrow. (you’re welcome)
Write down the area of your life that seem to be easily invaded by negative thoughts. This could be an area that you are constantly struggling in, or thoughts or behaviors you fall victim to. In any case, the first step is creating awareness. Think of all your default responses and record any that you feel are problematic and could potentially leave a foothold for the devil.
If you are unable to think of anything, ask God to reveal the areas in your life that wide open for the devil to come in and attack.