Some years back, I heard about how some thieves wrote a letter to a particular community informing them of their plans to visit them with the aim of robbing them. In their letter, they indicated the date of their visit. Of course, the people in that community had beefed up their security. Lo and behold, the day came and the thieves didn’t show up.
The community kept watching and waiting for the thieves to come as they had said for weeks after the date they had said they would come. Then the expected happened. They began to relax. And it was when they had let down their guard that the thieves decided to attack. They met them unprepared.
This scenario is a good description of what happens in the spiritual realm. When we sleep off spiritually, we give the devil room to operate in our lives without caution. It is at that time he plants undesirable seeds in our lives, homes, business, etc. The more we sleep and refuse to wake up to uproot these plants, the more he waters the plants and cultivates them so that they can grow with roots firmly placed in our lives and fruits to show.
We must be alert at all times for the sneak attacks of the evil one.
Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1Peter 5:8)
When we resist the devil in the name and power of Jesus, he must flee from us. We must not take chances. The devil is not someone you play the dumb game with. Nothing like the silent treatment. Resist him. Stand your ground firmly.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7b)
When under attack by the tempter, Jesus relied on the word of God to resist the lies of his adversary.
But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, . . . (Matthew 4:4)
The sword of the Spirit is made available for us. When the devil raised his ugly head, use the Word. Don’t underutilize this amazing instrument of war.
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. (Ephesians 6:11).
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal. We definitely do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Your husband or wife is not the enemy, the devil who is manipulating him is. So instead of fighting him or her with your cutting words, strike actions, silent treatments, . . . Face the real enemy.
Make sure you are fully kitted. Put on the WHOLE armour of God. . . so you will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. He is very cunning and a manipulator so you yourself must stay alert. He creeps in subtly, tackle him with the word. You are sure to win with God on your side.
May God grant us victory in every spiritual warfare in Jesus’ name!
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola