Be sober-minded and alert. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith and in the knowledge that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kinds of suffering. (1 Peter 5:8-9)
Whether or not you believe in the supernatural, there is a battle going on for the souls of all mankind. Satan, our enemy or adversary is always on the attack. His purpose is to make you doubt God and question his existence. There is no doubt that he has been successful in impacting the lives of many; beginning with Eve in the garden and continuing through the twenty-first century.
For those who have not made a decision to live for Christ, this may seem crazy, but for those who have made that commitment, it is a very real threat. Every day I feel him trying to get me to question what I believe and in whom I have placed my trust. Satan’s attacks may be subtle, but they are like tiny pin pricks in an effort to get us to give way to denial.
The Apostle Paul said that he was facing a “thorn in the flesh” and he identified this as a messenger of Satan. There has been great speculation about what it was that he was dealing with, but of this we can be sure…God assured Paul that His grace was sufficient to see Paul through it.
Job likewise faced incredible pain and loss at the hands of Satan, but in the end God blessed him with more than he previously possessed.
In the gospels, we read of Jesus’ attacks in the desert after fasting 40 days. Satan, on three separate ocassions tried to get Jesus to give in to temptation. First, he used Jesus’ hunger as a pathway to get him to give in and then he moved to bigger things.
So, what can we do to be prepared when those times come?
In the New Testament book of James we read;
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. James 4:7-8
It goes without saying; if you are living for Christ, you will face temptation and trials. If we are going to be successful in resisting the devils attacks, we must stand firm in the Word of God. This is what Jesus effectively used against Satan in the desert.
We also can be prepared by following what the scripture teaches about putting on the “full armor” as described in Ephesians 6.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Eph. 6:10-11
The apostle Paul goes on to describe the spiritual armor in verses 14-17, and exhorts us to pray in the Spirit. This means that we are to pray to God, in the name of the Son through indwelling Holy Spirit, while praying in agreement with God’s Word the bible.
Pray today, putting on the full armor and be prepared for those times of testing. Remember, greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.