I applied my heart and I learned a lesson from what I saw. Proverbs 24:32
Clothed in camouflage, boots, and holster, Will sat motionless perched in his favorite evergreen. The bandanna he wore around his face hid his freckles, and the hard cap covered his curly red hair.
Cautiously he emerged from behind the shadowy branches and made his way down the tree. With wooden dagger in one hand and play rifle in the other, Will zigzagged across the grass and through a narrow strip of woods. He darted behind trees and froze. Having reached his goal he hid beneath a large azalea bush. He watched. The six-year old SWAT guy was protecting his home.
Will’s dad was a former SWAT team member (special weapons and tactics). Will loved standing at the back of dad’s police car watching with great adoration as he put on his armor and prepared his weapons.
While observing Will play in the yard for an hour I learned a lesson.
Just as my husband wouldn’t go on a police call with a wooden dagger and a play rifle, I too, need to suit up with my own Special Weapons and Tactics before I start my day.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
Eph. 6:11 (NIV)
Hate, deception, immorality, theft, and murder are obvious results of his scheming. But the enemy plots to destroy in less obvious ways too. And it usually begins as a thought.
If he can get us distracted from God’s truth then we’ll begin to see things from the world’s perspective…a selfish perspective.
Satan uses the media to accomplish this task. Say you’re watching television.
The woman in an adulterous affair appears to be having fun, wrapped up in the romance of a new or mysterious love. As you watch you become envious, wishing your own husband could be like that. You find yourself discontented.
Perhaps you see all the fine homes and the array of appliances and décor that fill them and you decide you deserve that too.
It must be okay to engage in gossip because everyone is doing it.
What began as a thought…can lead to destruction.
Good news, though!
Scripture teaches that we have protection and power against his schemes.
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.
Ephesians 6:14-17 NIV
So let’s get dressed before we start our day!
1. Your Sword– God’s words are recorded in the Bible. Read the Bible. Choose to believe. When Satan personally attacks you with:
God says, You’re forgiven. (II Chronicles 7:14)
God says, I’m your hope. (Romans 15:13)
You better be afraid!
God says, Do not fear. (John 14:27).
God says, I’ll give you wisdom. (James 1:5)
God’s truth acts as a sword.
2. Your Shield– Pray for faith. Pray every time you feel sorrow and anxiety. Pick up the Bible (the Sword of Truth) and read that God is faithful. He alone is your strength and your help. Fight back by believing the promises of God, despite how you are feeling. Your faith is your shield.
3. Righteousness– Seek and desire to do God’s will. Get into a Bible believing church. Hang out with others who will pray for you. Righteousness is your breastplate.
When we began to apply the truth and disregard Satan’s lies, our faith grows and acts as a shield that wouldn’t allow the flaming arrows of the devil to pierce us.
Like Will, suit up with your special weapons and tactics and fight whatever Satan throws your way.