Monday, September 30, 2013

5 Ways to Defend Yourself Against the Enemy

Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.
Ephesians 6:13

Last week I started going through Putting On The Armor: Equipped and Deployed for Spiritual Warfare by Chuck Lawless. The study focuses on the armor of God passage found in Ephesians 6:10-20. Each week is packed full of ways to be equipped and deployed for spiritual warfare and each week I want to share one thing that I took away from the study. Last week I shared Seven Truths about the Armor of God. This week, I want to share five ways to defend yourself against the Enemy.

1. Resist temptation when the Enemy seeks to lead you into sin.

2. Stay faithful even when the battle rages. 
The peace that God gives us does not necessarily mean an absence of conflict. In fact, sometimes "peace" means having a heart that remains comforted and faithful during, and in spite of, a conflict. God gives us a calm that the world can't understand, and we resist the Devil when we stand in that peace (Phi. 4:6-7).

3. Refuse to compromise biblical truth. 
From the events in Genesis 3 until today, the Enemy has encouraged people to doubt or deny God's Word. We stand against this strategy when we learn, affirm, and teach biblical truth.

4. Keep your eyes on God in spite of distractions. 
The enemy loves to catch our attention, turning our eyes from God toward the problems we face. We prepare ahead of time by deciding we won't allow our circumstances to overshadow our focus on Him.

5. March forward in faith at any given moment. 
When God calls us to take a step of faith, the prepared spiritual warrior moves without hesitation. He is equipped and always ready to be deployed.

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