THE ENEMY’S ATTACK
By Carolyn Dale Newell
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly place.
Eph. 6:11-12 NKJ)
Do you ever wonder why things keep going wrong? It has been like that with my health, and praise God, it was nothing serious. As soon as one thing was settled, something else started.
Finally, I asked God why this was happening. If there was something wrong in my life, some sin, I wanted to know. Two hours later, I received a text from a friend. He obviously knew about my health issues, but he did not know about my prayer. The text read, “The enemy wants to attack your study on prayer and your ministry.” That was it, but why had I never thought of that?
Here I was immersed in a study on prayer, and I had never prayed for God to protect my writing and myself from Satan. I had prayed for God to use my work for His glory and to encourage others. I had prayed for open doors, but I never prayed for God to set a hedge around me.
As I read through the believer’s armor in Ephesians chapter 6, I could not find anything missing. I trusted God, the shield of faith. I studied my Bible, the sword of the Spirit. The one thing missing was the one that ties it altogether – prayer. I was studying prayer, but I was not praying to be delivered from evil.
Whether you are in ministry or not, always be on guard for the enemy’s attack. Stand firm against the wiles of the devil. Satan seeks to destroy those who serve God.
Dear heavenly Father,
Help us realize that as we draw closer to You, the battle is going to heat up. Set a hedge around Your children so we can accomplish great things for Your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Read Eph. 6:10-20.
HIKING THE TRAIL
Satan not only wants to disrupt our service to God, but he creates havoc in our relationships, on our jobs, and in our homes. How can you begin to pray for victory in these areas?
Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.