There’s a Crazy Battle Going On
In Ephesians 6:10-12 and then verse 16 (a great warfare passage of Scripture). The Apostle Paul says, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 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 places. Above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
Paul says you need to be strong in the Lord so that you can stand against all of the enemies’ schemes. Do you know that the Devil is a wily devil? He is a scheming, tricking, and situational setter-upper. He has all kinds of time. He just figures that if he sets you up right, you’ll eventually fall to one of his schemes. Some of the scariest passages of Scripture show compromise, or someone rejecting the Word of God—Satan has set the table. He looks for the opportune day and showers the unprotected with his wily tricks and schemes. We must realize that there is a crazy battle going on.
It might be fun to say, “Oh, he’s so stupid. He keeps using the same old tricks.” Well guess what? They work! We’re the ones that need to quit being stupid and start realizing that he is a wily, scheming devil who is setting situations up that steal, kill, and destroy us.
He is fighting against us, wrestling against us and he is shooting fiery darts. What is a fiery dart? A fiery dart is anything that comes from hell’s flame. It’s anything that comes at us to steal, kill, destroy, deceive, and bring death. He shoots fiery darts and, if we don’t prepare for the battle, we are his bulls-eye!
Do you know he’s a wily schemer who is waiting for the opportune time to shoot you down? Do you know there’s a crazy battle going on? What are you doing to protect yourself?