Everyday Battles

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. Ephesians 6:10-18

Satan has wiles or “methods” he employs and uses against you. The Greek word for “Wiles” μεθ-οδεία (meth-odia) is defined in Thayers Greek Lexicon as “1. to follow up or investigate by method and settled plan; 2. to follow craftily, frame devices, deceive. ” μεθ-οδεία is a compound word in which the first word μεθ (meth) is related to our English word “method.”

Satan is methodical in his approach to you. There is a “method to his madness.” He studies you. He knows what will tempt you. Life is a spiritual battlefield and the Christian must be prepared for the daily challenges and battles that he/she may face.

Here are 5 “Thriving Habits” to help us as we walk through life. We will explore these “Thriving Habits” in the next few posts:

  • The Word.
  • Prayer.
  • Fellowship.
  • Witnessing.
  • Thankfulness.

On another occasion, we may explore the Whole Armour of God. For now, know that with all the attention your adversary is giving you, you must be ready for each day. God has not left us alone. He has enabled and equipped us to be prepared daily.

Published by Pastor Steve

Steve enjoys reading the scriptures and action novels, spending time with his family, listening to music, drinking Dunkin' coffee and watching New York Yankees baseball and Memphis Grizzlies basketball. He and his wife Natalie have been married over 20 years and are blessed with three children. Together, Steve and Natalie are thankful for each opportunity the Lord has given, and they desire to “serve the Lord with gladness” while seeing people trust Jesus and grow in their relationship with the Lord. The Lord has blessed Steve with several educational experiences including a Bachelor of Bible at Pensacola Christian College, a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Mid-America Theological Seminary, a Master of Ministry (M.Min.), and a Ph.D. of Religion (in Counseling) from Bethany Divinity Seminary. He is also a Board-Certified Christian Counselor (BCPPC) and a SYMBIS facilitator. He is available for special conferences and training sessions.

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