Ephesians 6:11 – Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. (NIV)
I was recently involved in a minor fender-bender — fortunately there was very little damage to either vehicle and there were no injuries. However, although the other driver carelessly pulled in front of me, I was charged with careless driving. As he pulled in front of me, the light changed to red, forcing us both to stop. Unfortunately I skidded on the wet road and hit him from behind, hence careless driving on my part. I was told by the police officer at the scene of the accident that careless driving is most often the charge when you hit someone from behind. I can accept that, I suppose, except that I lose six demerit points and my insurance will go up! It hardly seems fair. We really need to drive defensively at all times.
What about our Christian lives? We need to live defensively, too. Today's Bible verse instructs us to put on the whole armour of God so that we can take our stand against the devil's 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. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:14-18 NIV)
Sound advice for us all!
1 Peter 5:8b – Our enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, we thank You for Your Word which gives us guidance and teaches us how to live. Protect us from the devil's schemes and enable us to live lives that are pleasing to You and bring glory to Your holy name. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.