Greater is the one who is in you than the one who is in the world. 1 John 4:4
In this life we have an enemy.
A defeated enemy, but one who is lashing out because of his defeat. Every time we step out and draw near to God and take some land the enemy will try to strike back and kill, steal, destroy, restrict, hinder. His tactics are oppression and temptation. He will lie to us and tell us we are not good enough or he will try to lure us into sin. He is “like” a roaring line trying to ensnare us away from God. His suggestions are lies. His accusations are lies.
As christians we need to be aware of spiritual realities and deal with them accordingly. Every time something goes wrong or you feel stink it is not the devil. But sometimes it is. We need to dial up our discernment so we can live in that place of victory that Jesus has won for us.
Remember – GREATER is HE – is GOD – is the CREATOR – is the SAVIOUR – is the KING OF KINGS – in you, living inside you, dwelling within you – than he that is in the world…
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour 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 armour 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…. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one… Ephesians 6
Faith in God deflects that attack of the enemy. When you have faith in God you realize you are forgiven, protected, empowered, called, chosen, cleansed, transformed. Faith in the promises and declarations of God raises up a protective shield that deflects the lies of the enemy.
Today, do you know you are armed and dangerous? Do you know the authority you have in Jesus?