Ephesians 6:12 (AMP)12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Are you resisting the devil or assisting the devil? We may not be interested in learning about the devil, but the devil is interested in us. The worst thing we can do is to be uninformed about the devil’s ploys to destroy our lives. The way we learn about the devil is by reading the Word of God. When we are uninformed it is easy to feel defeated when things go wrong.
The devil makes many things go wrong in our lives. Many time we blame things that go wrong on people and God and it is actually the devil that is causing the bad things because the devil works through people. If we are passive and ignore the devil then we are not dealing with the cause our problems.
Romans 5:3-5 (AMP) 3 And not only this, but [with joy] let us exult in our sufferings and rejoice in our hardships, knowing that hardship (distress, pressure, trouble) produces patient endurance; 4 and endurance, proven character (spiritual maturity); and proven character, hope and confident assurance [of eternal salvation]. 5 Such hope [in God’s promises] never disappoints us, because God’s love has been abundantly poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
We live in a troubled world. It seems like we want an answer from God when things go wrong. When things are going wrong, that is the time to put our faith in God to protect us and lead us through and out of trouble. God is always faithful and does not always work on our time-table. He does allow us to stay in our trial long enough to learn some type of lesson. We learn by the Word of God and by experiences.
1 Peter 5:8-9 (AMP) 8 Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour. 9 But resist him, be firm in your faith [against his attack—rooted, established, immovable], knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being experienced by your brothers and sisters throughout the world. [You do not suffer alone.]
When we experience things in life we have a greater level of compassion for others who go through similar things. Some of the things we go through gives us experience and prepares us for the future. The bible does not say we will not have trials. It does say to have faith and trust God in our trial.
The devil looks for any way to destroy our lives. It is up to us to recognize the attack, pray for endurance and faith in the trial, and overcome. God came so we can not only have a life but to have a life we enjoy – even in the midst of our trials.
John 10:10 (AMP) 10 The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows].
If you would like to accept Jesus as your savior, and you are not quite sure how, it is as simple as saying a prayer to God letting Him know you are ready to accept Him into your life. Say this prayer if you would like to invite Jesus to live in your heart:
Father God, I love you and believe in you. I need you Lord and I am sorry for my sins and the way that I live. Lord, I want you in my life. I receive Jesus as my savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died for me and rose from the dead. Lord take me as I am and make me the way you want me to be. God, thank you for saving me and being with me on my journey. I am looking forward to my journey with you Lord. I know you will equip me for my journey and I am glad I have you by my side as I walk this walk of Life. Thank you Lord, I love you. Amen