Today: More than being “simple”
Passage: Ephesians 6, Proverbs 14
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. (Ephesians 6, NIV 84)-emphasis added
A struggle is more than a fight; it is a life and death thing
Apostle Paul rightly used the word, so that you and I may not undermine the seriousness of that struggle
The system of the world is against the system of God
The principles in God’s kingdom are just opposite to that of the world
If we try to mix them, the result will be disastrous!
Jesus told not to mix Caesar’s with God’s
We cannot blame the devil for our faults, like Eve did
Satan will be around, doing his job; we need to know and do our job
When people of God try to get “friendly” with the world systems, they should know that God can only come so far with them. The rest, they are on their own
Jesus made it clear: we cannot serve two masters at the same time
We are advised to be aware of the schemes of the devil (2 Cor 2:11)
Satan uses so called “ministers of God” as angel(s) of light
They look and talk like (real) servants of God; but they have the spirit of antichrist in them
By the time people come to know the real “them”, it may be too late
14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. 15 It is not surprising, then, if his servants masquerade as servants of righteousness. Their end will be what their actions deserve. (2 Cor 11, NIV 84)-emphasis added
It is important to be discerning than just being sincere; we could be “sincerely wrong” like the many out there
Many years back, a missionary couple came to Mangalore, Karnataka from the U.S. They advised the students who attended their meetings to read two chapters of the Bible every morning: Psalms 91 and Ephesians 6
May not look like a good idea, but it is better to read the Bible, than not doing so-as long as you understand it!
We need to read the word every day and pray, if we should survive. Do more than that, to be victorious!
God bless your day
Prayer: That God may open your eyes to see that which you need to see
Proverbs for today: Proverbs 14 (NIV 84)
15 A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.
18 The simple inherit folly, but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.