By Charity Pence
This Week’s Verse: Ephesians 6:11, “Put on the whole armor of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (NKJV)
Devotion: Lately I have felt the need to continuously check my armor. It seems that the devil has been searching me, looking for a crack. He has circled around me, waiting for me to set down my shield of faith and drop my sword. Ephesians, chapter six, lists the armor of God that we are to wear constantly. Gird your waist with truth. Put on the breastplate of righteousness. Shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Take the shield of faith. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit. We are also told to pray always.
Satan’s darts keep coming. He has tested me in financial situations and I stood firm. Then, suddenly, I found myself not feeling well. I stood firm on God’s promises of healing. Another dart was thrown and I found myself worrying about a particular situation. So I prayed and put my trust in God. Satan filled my mind with fear and I was plagued with self-doubt. Lifting my hands, I cried out to God. I could give more examples but I do not think that would be necessary. I am sure you get my point.
Satan does not stop. He knows my weaknesses. He carries a list with him and when he has worked through it, he goes back to the top and starts over. The truth is, I am battle weary. I get worn out, as we all do. Sometimes I do not have the strength to go on but I know that if I let my guard down for one second, if I remove my armor, the devil’s darts will keep coming and they will overwhelm me. It is during these times that I must rely on God for strength. Isaiah 40:29 says, “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.” (KJV) I do not want Satan to find a chink in my armor. So while thanking God that He has not left me to fight my battles alone, I will stand firm.
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to stand against the devil at all times. Please give me the strength I need so I am not overwhelmed by the devil’s attempts to turn me away from You. I love You, Lord, and in You alone I put my trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Applications: When you feel the devil pricking you, looking for your weaknesses, call out to God and allow Him to strengthen you. Hold up your shield of faith and watch Satan’s darts fall.
Psalm 31:24, “Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.” (KJV)
Hebrews 10:23, “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised.” (KJV)
Proverbs 18:10, “The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (KJV)