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<< Thursday, October 27, 2016 >>
Ephesians 6:10-20
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Psalm 144:1-2, 9-10 Luke 13:31-35
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"Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm." —Ephesians 6:11

Christians put on the armor of God so that we "may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil" (Eph 6:11). Our goal in battle is to hold our ground and stand fast (Eph 6:13-14). The devil's goal in battle is to get us to move, to manipulate us.

If we are in the right place at the right time, we are anointed with the power of God. In that God-given place, we are invincible. Accordingly, the devil's goal is to deceive, push, and pressure us to give an inch. When we are out of place, even slightly, we no longer draw our "strength from the Lord and His mighty power" (Eph 6:10), but are on our own. Relying on ourselves, we are no match for the devil, and we can't even claim the victory Jesus has already won.

For example, the devil tried to get Jesus to give an inch. Certain Pharisees told Jesus: "Leave this place! Herod is trying to kill You" (Lk 13:31). But Jesus refused to deviate in even the slightest way from doing His Father's will. Finally, while hanging in crucified agony, Jesus was tempted to come down from the cross (Mt 27:40). He refused to budge and thereby conquered the evil one. "Hold your ground" (Eph 6:13).

Prayer: Father, may I never let the evil spirit move me, and may I always let the Holy Spirit move me!
Promise: "At every opportunity pray in the Spirit, using prayers and petitions of every sort. Pray constantly and attentively for all in the holy company." —Eph 6:18
Praise: Brenda refused to contracept and her husband agreed to accept all the children God gave them.
(For a related teaching on Spiritual Warfare, order, view or download our leaflet or order, listen to or download our CD 57-3 or DVD 57 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 57-3 or video V 57.)
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