And it’s very real.
In the beginning of the book of Job, Satan meets God in heaven and tells him he had just come ‘from roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.”
Oh, yeah. Satan is very real.
And he’s close. He whispers lies into our ears – constantly. He encourages us to focus on ourselves and do what we want. Forget about what God wants. This is our natural inclination so it’s easy to do.
Satan persistently whispers a list of our past mistakes and failures into our ears – trying to keep us feeling powerless and ‘less’. He wants us to forget that Jesus died for those sins and God no longer sees them. They are forgiven – past, present and future.
When God looks at us, he sees his children, whom he loves with a perfect love. Thank you, Abba Father.
I cannot listen to Satan.
You cannot listen to Satan.
We are forgiven. When we plug into our all-powerful and loving God, nothing is impossible. I believe that. Do you?
So I need to be prepared to fight off Satan. You need to be prepared to fight.
God tells us in Ephesians to put on his armor because our struggles are not against flesh and blood. We need to put on the –
Breastplate of righteousness.
Sandals of Peace.
Shield of Faith.
Helmet of Salvation.
Sword of the Spirit.
This is how I need to prepare. This is how you need to prepare. Put it all on. Wear it everyday. We need to let the armor of God mold around our hearts and minds so Satan can’t mess with them.
Satan’s next attack is coming.
Please help us put on your armor everyday, Abba. Guard our hearts and minds.