Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.
(Ephesians 6:11 (ESV))
I am going to approach this from a perspective that most people fail to even acknowledge, and that is from a firm belief in the devil.
Most people will acknowledge a belief in some type of god. The percentage who profess a belief in the God of the Bible is a portion of that, but many have a false sense about what they believe about God. Lately, Jesus has become an extremely polarizing name. There are those who proclaim that He was a good man or a prophet, some claim that He never existed, and there are those who truly understand that He is the Son of God.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
(John 3:16 (NIV))
Recently, I was made aware of an event in a major shopping mall where mall security told a customer who was wearing a t-shirt that said “Jesus Saves” to either change his shirt or leave the mall because it was offensive. Couple this with all of the recent events in this world, and I have to ask you a question that most people don’t want to answer.
Is the devil real?
I am not speaking of the horned red character with the pointy tale and a pitchfork. I am talking about Lucifer. I am talking about Satan. I am talking about an ego so big that he wanted to be God. I am talking about a hatred for humanity so great that he desires to steal, kill and destroy everyone whom God has created simply because God created us and He loves us.
For those who doubt the existence of such a character, I want to ask one question.
Why would we be told to prepare for take a stand against the devil by putting on the full armor of God, if the enemy, the devil, did not exist? Why would a loving Father, who is not capable of telling anything less than the truth, tell us to prepare in this way? Why is God’s Word, which is the story of His creation, filled with stories of the devil’s schemes against God and against humanity?
We can’t be oblivious to his existence and to his schemes. If you profess a faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you must be prepared. You must put on the whole armor of God. You must be ready to stand against the schemes and attacks of the devil.
Are you prepared to stand against his attacks?