Recently, I’ve notice a lot of change going on around me. There has been a lot of death – thank God it hasn’t landed on my door step – and a lot of tragedy. The devil is now more then ever walking about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. Its imperative that we all understand that we can not give the devil any place in our lives. And those that are the chosen of God are the ones that he is after the most. I know cause he is after me everyday especially on my job.
I work in the customer service call center for a cell phone company by day and as author, poet, and writer by night. In my position I’m subject to every attitude or personality type you can imagine. At the end of the day, I walk off the battle field like a wounded solider to go home and nurse my wounds and return for another round the next day.
Most people think the fight is going to be in the spirit realm and it is. However, the misconception there is that the devil is possibly throwing daggers trying to provoke a fight with you. Usually its the other way around. Yeah, he knows that God got you. But he’s waiting to see if you brought God to work with you today. The minute he sees a window of opportunity, he will be there to pounce and feast like a homeless at a buffet. You can’t give him an inch because he’ll take a mile. Don’t even leave the door cracked , because if he can wedge his foot in he’s going to make himself at home and wreck havoc.
This is the talk I have to give myself often to keep my flesh in check and not allow it to get out of line with the will of God for my life. We know that the spirit is but the flesh is weak. We have to enter our day prepared for battle according to Eph 6:10 – 18 (NIV)
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
Will you be ready for your next battle? Weather you think so or not, the devil will be there to put you to the test. Don’t give him the room in you life.