Friday, June 17th, 2011
The Armor Of God: Don't Leave Home Without It
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
Ephesians 6:10-13 (NIV)
Children of God, take note. You are under unrelenting attack. 'Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour' (1 Peter 5:8).
After His baptism by John, the Son of God was almost ready to begin His ministry at the noteworthy age of 30. But first, 'Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led around by the Spirit in the wilderness for 40 days, being tempted by the devil' (Luke 4:1-2). If you thought Jesus was only tempted at the end of His 40-day fast, think again. He faced temptation all the way through it.
'When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time' (Luke 4:13). Jesus, the man, felt fatigue, stress, sadness, anger, loneliness, and betrayal. Such feelings make men vulnerable. If Satan returned again to test Christ at a weakened and 'opportune time,' how much more will he try us?
We all face days when little seems to go right. We can feel down, hopeless, sick, tempted, tired, desperate, or agonized. Satan waits patiently for our weakest moments. Then he attacks. 'You who are full of all deceit and fraud, you son of the devil, you enemy of all righteousness, will you not cease to make crooked the straight ways of the Lord?' (Acts 13:10).
His attacks will not cease on this side of heaven.
What's a child of God to do? Begin each day fully dressed. Put on the armor of God.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Armor Of God series.