In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
Wednesday September 8, 2004
InTouch Early Light Devotional
How to Survive a Satanic Attack
War. When we hear this word, we think of physical combat with armored vehicles, soldiers in uniform, and deadly weapons. Yet there is a spiritual war going on around us that is just as dangerous, one we often ignore or do not understand. We have a powerful enemy working against us. In fact, the Lord calls him "the god of this age" (2 Corinthians 4:4) because he is the source of evil and wickedness in our world. To overcome Satan's attacks, we must recognize he is a real adversary and hold our ground against him. To stand firm, we must dress for battle.
Wear the belt of truth. Because of who our enemy is - the Father of Lies - we must wear a belt of God's truth to counter his deceit. It is imperative that we make a commitment every day to hold to God's plan, choose God's way, and be obedient, whatever the cost. Just as a belt holds clothing together, our lives are to be encircled and held together by the truth of the Word.
Put on the breastplate of righteousness. Like a protective covering, obedience guards us from harm. Since we have an enemy who prowls around seeking to deceive and destroy (1 Peter 5:8), we are to "suit up" daily in the armor that comes from choosing God's way in our conduct and conversation. With such protection, Satan's arrows of lust, doubt, or fear will not penetrate.
Today, safeguard yourself by spending time absorbing the God's truths (the belt) and then applying them through obedient action (the breastplate).
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