You Are Under Siege!

We are under attack! Why is it that we are only vaguely aware of it? The reason is because we are attacked by invisible enemies. In war, we are apt to come up against an enemy or enemies that we can see. We may find ourselves in mortal combat; we may have to physically fight someone who is fighting against us. The devil and his agents attack us in our minds, emotions and wills. Furthermore, their leader has many tried and true strategies. We need to be able to: “….stand against the wiles (strategies) of the devil,” because: “….we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (From Ephesians 6:11-12). We are under siege by Satan himself. He usually uses his subordinates (fallen angels [demons] and even human beings) to cripple, wound, disable, and defeat Christians. As J. B. Phillips renders it, we: “….are up against spiritual agents from the very headquarters of evil.” We are on his turf. Our forts (our local churches) are established in his world system. We are surrounded and vulnerable. If we are not on guard, equipped and trained, we will likely be overcome and defeated. I Peter 5:8 warns: “Be sober, be vigilant: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.” We cannot afford to underestimate him! This is why we must: “put on the whole armor of God.” We can only survive and successfully make inroads in his kingdom of darkness when we use what God has provided for our warfare and are: “strong in the power of His might.” In the hymn, “My Soul, Be on Your Guard, George Heath meaningfully writes: “My soul, be on your guard, ten thousand foes arise; the hosts of sin are pressing hard to draw you from the skies. O watch and fight and pray, the battle ne’er give o’er; renew it boldly every day, and help divine implore. Ne’er think the vict’ry won, nor lay your armor down; the work of faith will not  be done till you obtain the crown.” Selah! We ignore the danger at our own peril. Our enemy is determined, ruthless, unrelenting and malicious! Make sure you are on guard and prepared to fight and overcome.   Ron

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