IMG_2781April 18, 2020

Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to STAND against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11)

Jesus says, “I am the WAY (the road you need to take, the way you need to think), the TRUTH and the LIFE: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” [John 14:6 KJV]. The enemy of our souls, the devil, the false accuser wants to be just like Jesus.   He yells in our ears: “I am the way.  Come my way.  Come down my road.  It is a lot more fun.  I am the life…of the party.   You will have no life if you follow God.  It’s ok to tell a fib. You don’t want to hurt her feelings.  Do this…buy this…drink this…eat this…you deserve it.   It’s ok to eat the big piece of Key Lime Pie.  It’s your birthday.  You ate the pie?  You big fatty.  You are a failure.  You are not smart enough.  You are not good enough.  You can’t do that.  You will never amount to anything.”

The exclamations of the enemy to our mind are what I interpret to be “the wiles of the devil.” The Greek word for wiles is methodos which means with road, highway, with the way. It’s the road the devil wants us to choose.  The wiles are his strategies and deceits.

We have a choice.  We can listen to the Voice of Truth or the father of lies.  We have a choice as to which road will we follow?  When we travel by car or plane on vacation, do we enjoy delays? Do we enjoy making a wrong turn and delaying our arrival?  Every time we listen to the lies of the enemy, we are taking a wrong turn.  In reality, we are delaying our arrival to God’s best for our lives.  God provides us with the whole armor to stand against the bully with the bullhorn who loves to get in our head.

The armor of God enables us to stand and face our enemy head on.  STAND is the Greek word histemi meaning to abide, continue, a steadfast mind, make firm, establish, keep your place, stand immutable, persist, and persevere.  When the harasser starts howling, we must choose to speak the truth to that situation.

The wiles of the Devil say: We stand and say the Truth of God:
You are going to die of “the corona.” I will not die but I will live and declare the works of the Lord.  (Psalm 118:17)

I am healed, whole and complete.  (Col 2:10)

Behold, God [is] my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH [is] my strength and [my] song; he also is become my salvation. (Isaiah 12:2)

You are a loser. I am an overcomer. (John 16:33, Rev,12:11)

I am more than a conqueror. (Romans 8:37)

You are ugly. I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalms 139:14)
You cannot do that or that or that. I can do…all things through Christ. (Philippians 4:13)

I enCOURAGE to put on the whole armor of God and to STAND against the wiles of the devil, every time and every situation.  I guarantee the ways of God will take you to places you have never imagined.  God is the only option.  I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and I arise and stand to face my enemy.

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