Ephesians 6:10-12 - “And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” The Message
Ephesians 6:10-12 - Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. English Standard Version
I like how the Message says, “This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.”
You better have your head on a swivel as they say because the devil is going to come after you with his angels and they are serious. They are focused. They are on a mission, and it is to spiritually humiliate you, and ultimately spiritually kill you before they physically kill you.
They want you to die outside of Christ.
The devil may come at you with a sword, but it doesn’t mean we have to fight with one. If you can remember the one Indiana Jones movie. A man made all those moves with a sword and Indy pulled out his gun and shot him.
You have been coached to win this war. When it comes to defeating the devil and his angels we have been properly trained. The Word of God teaches us how to fight and win.
We have been coached by God. Therefore, we need to listen to our coach. When the conflict begins, we are confident that we have been coached correctly. We know what to do to defeat our enemy. We have been coached with the Word of God to defeat our enemy, and the Holy Spirit dwells in us.
I John 4:4 - Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
What are we to do? We are to go to war and know full well when it is over, we will be the victors.
Think About This:
Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win. – Sun Tzu
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God’s Word
Gary A Serago.