The Bible tells us: “Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27) It means we can open up the door for the evil one to enter our lives and attack us. How do we stop him and what are the most unexpected places he gets us?
In the book of Ephesians 6, Apostle Paul talks about the armor of God. He lists such things as Salvation, Preaching the Gospel, Truth, Faith, Prayer, Righteousness, Word of God. When we lose our grip of some of these things, we become vulnerable and open for the attack.
When can this happen? What are the situations, when we have to grab a firmer hold of the armor of God?
It’s when you need your faith the most. Some people think their faith has to be strong to protect them from all sicknesses. That is not true. The Bible tells us of many righteous men, who were sick, such Job, King David, Abraham, etc. They did have physical afflictions, but their faith in God proved to be strong enough to endure and come out as victors.
Here is what the Bible tells us:
“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” (Proverbs 24:10)
The real testing of the faith comes, when we get sick. It’s so easy to become weak in your beliefs and start blaming God for letting you go through the valley of death. So, be on guard and know your Redeemer is alive!
2. On the road
When you travel, you have so many things to take care of and to worry about, that you can quickly shift your focus. You take your eyes off the things of God. That’s the perfect place for the devil to get you. Once you lose your peace, you become an easy prey. So, guard your heart more than you guard your money, things, luggage, etc.
This is the ground where you need all the armor of God. But especially hold on to the helmet of Salvation. Some of your family members may be unsaved yet. Maybe it’s your kids, your husband or wife or your parents. At times it takes years of faithful prayer to get them to meet God. Hold on to your salvation and stand in faith for the ones you love. God is faithful.
There are so many opportunities for falling here, and they will surely have some grave consequences for your future life. So, instead of being guided by passions, be led by the Holy Ghost!
The Scriptures tells us not to have any other gods. What does it have to do with substance abuse? Well, any addiction is an idol. You worship it by giving yourself over to it. You spend your money, time, you waste yourself serving it. And eventually, it kills you! If you keep the first commandment of Jesus: Love your God with all your heart, mind, strength, you easily avoid falling into this trap.
You get a lot of stress there. You can quickly turn your business or work into an idol or get tempted to do the things Christians should not be a part of. So, keep the truth in your mind and stay focused on the real values!
As you see, these are the places, where the devil can easily catch you off guard and attack you. If you are aware of the fact and stay well armed, you can beat him!