Today: When we “sleep”, the enemy slaps!
Passage: Eph 6
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Eph 6, NIV)-emphasis added
Unless one wants to be a true friend of Jesus, satan has no problem!
That is why many don’t want to be too close to Jesus.
For those who are closer to Jesus, there is an ongoing fight with satan
Struggle is the highest level of a fight. The result could be life/death
The first step in spiritual warfare is getting stronger in the Lord
Spiritual battles are best fought in physical weakness!
Don’t get me wrong. I will explain
When we fast and pray, we are very strong in the spirit to fight the devil
The principles of God’s kingdom are just opposite to that of world’s kingdom
Paul admits that in 2 Cor 12. “When I am weak (in the flesh) I am strong (in the Spirit). If we are not willing to go that far, we cannot win the fight
To be a victorious in our life, prayer and fasting are a must, not an option.
I am not speaking about extended fasts. It could be a meal that you fast
Avoiding the things you like the most is also a type of fast. Daniel and friends fasted from all non-veg, and lived on just water and vegetables
The second step in spiritual warfare is putting on the whole armor of God
While strength in the Lord helps us in the offence, putting on the whole armor of God helps us in our defence. When a person is physically healthy, he/she won’t become easily sick. Their body has a good defence mechanism/system
To resist the attacks of the devil, we need a good spiritual pattern: good food (word of God), exercise (prayer, faith) and the like. Above all, we need discipline. Separate time and do it every day
May God help us to defend the devil’s attack and also to go in the offence, to destroy the works
of the devil (1 Jn 3:8) and to build (Jer 1:10, Mt. 16:18-20)
Prayer: Lord Jesus, I need your help to overcome the various attacks and tricks of the enemy. I cannot know everything, but you know. Give me the prophetic vision so that I can know in advance and be prepared. Amen
“We don’t get stronger to sleep, but to slap satan, our common enemy”