Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”. The word “wiles” means “strategy” or “plans of war”. Satan has his eyes set on christians that are serving the Lord and is not after those who already belong to him. And we live on Satan’s territory! We’re not fighting on ‘neutral’ ground or even God’s ground. This battle is in enemy territory and the world, the flesh and the devil are our common enemies.
And our enemies maneuver in order to entice us and cause weakness and failure in our lives…..so…if we are going to fight in this war, we better observe that there really is a war going on and how we are planning to fight it.
1 Peter 5:8 alerts us to “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” He wants to devour your life, your testimony and anything that could be used for God’s purpose. A favorite trick of the devil is to make believers magnify his power to a greater degree than it deserves! So we have to be careful not to imagine that the devil is behind everything that occurs, which could cause us to become paralyzed and keep us from usefulness in the Kingdom of God.
THANKFULLY, at the Cross, Jesus unraveled satan’s power over us! In Colossians 2:15, Paul clearly portrays Jesus’ victory and satan’s defeat! It says, “And having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” WOO HOO!! It was not a quiet moment in Heaven! Jesus made a display of these defeated enemies and it must have been quite a show!
FOR THAT REASON…HE HAS GIVEN US A SET OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR….and tomorrow we are going to put it on to “stand against the wiles of the devil”.