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Defeating the Schemes of the Enemy

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil." ~ Ephesians 6:11

*There's an old fable that says the devil once held a sale and offered all the tools of his trade, to anyone who would pay the price. They were spread out on the table and each one was labeled. Hatred, malice, envy, despair, sickness, sensuality -- all the weapons that everyone knows so well. But off to one side, lay a harmless looking wood-shaped instrument which was marked "discouragement."

The instrument marked discouragement was old and worn looking, but it was priced far above all the rest on Satan's tools. When asked the reason why, the devil replied, "Because I can use this one so much more easily than the others. No one knows that it belongs to me, so with it I can open doors that are tightly bolted against the others. Once I get inside I can use any tool that suits me best."

Many people today do not realize one of the greatest tools of Satan used against Christians is discouragement. When one becomes discouraged, it give the enemy an opening to place thoughts in their mind that exalt themselves above the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once Satan gets a foothold in one's mind by sowing thoughts, he is on the way to gaining a stronghold.

Discouraging thoughts sow seeds of doubt, oppression, depression, and can cause one to have anger or resentment toward others. Recognizing the source of discouragement will help avoid falling prey to schemes of the enemy.

Satan is out to discourage those who are doing their best for the Lord. His plans never stop with discouragement, as his goal is to kill, steal, and destroy. We cannot afford to entertain his thoughts or criticisms which he tries to sow. We are children of the King, our hearts look to Him and rejoice in His love. Our Lord delights over us with singing. There is still power in the blood of Jesus to defeat all the forces of evil.

It has been said that the thoughts which depress Christians are like bricks or weights, joined together one by one, until they become like a "yellow brick road" leading to one's heart. We are to cast down every high thought and vain imagination that is lifted up above the knowledge given in God's Word. Knowing 'who we are in Christ' can prevent us from being deceived by the one who is out to destroy our souls.

There are many other schemes which Satan uses against God children. We must always remember, "no weapon formed against us shall prosper" if we are obeying the Lord. He never told us that weapons would not be formed. He did promise they would not prosper. "Greater is He who is in us, than the evil one who is in the world." By the power of the Lord, His weapons of warfare and mighty armor, the enemy is a defeated foe.

Recognizing the schemes of the enemy will help save souls from heartache and despair. Be watchful and prepared for the Lord's return at all times. We must work for Him while waiting for Him and never grow weary in well doing. In due season, we shall reap if we faint not. We know not the day or hour of His return, but do know He will come again soon just as promised.

We are winners with Christ and the victory has already been won! Remember the old saying which is so true, "if God brings you to it, He'll surely bring you through it!" With Jesus as our Captain and Lord, the battle is already won.

Blessings In Christ
Jo Ann Kelly © 2009, 2005

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1 comment:

Grace said...

Wonderful and thanks for the reminder that we are ALREADY on the winning side with our Lord Jesus Christ. His blood prevails for His children. Praise the Lord and Hallelujah!