The Devil’s Schemes

spritual battleRecently I found myself in a half-dressed situation and the results were discouraging. Oh, I was fully covered with my clothes; I wasn’t covered with the full armor of God. I know this because I didn’t take my stand against the devil’s schemes. I let my anger have full reign. I have repented, apologies have been made, and accepted, still, I feel as if I’ve been hit by a truck, a very big truck. It is shame that makes me feel that way and it’s going take a while for me to stop feeling so ashamed.

I am thankful for this promise from 1 John 1:9-10 — If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

I am completely vulnerable without the full armor of God.  I pray I will find myself in situations of “spiritual undress” less and less often.

I pray I will take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Cor 10:5

I know I’m not the only one to find myself in this situation. I covet your prayers.

Therefore, brothers, we have an obligation — but it is not to the sinful nature, to live according to it. Rom 8:12-13

Eph 6:11-18 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.

From one of my favorite songs…

Thank You, Lord, for loving me.
Thank You, Lord, for blessing me.
Thank You, Lord, for making me whole.
And saving my soul.

2 comments for “The Devil’s Schemes

  1. M
    October 11, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Auntie J,

    Please smile today… It’s a beautiful day that our Lord has made! I love you so very much and I always will; nothing could ever change that. No matter which foot happens to be forward, you are loved by me. Oh and this is my first ‘post’ anywhere (just for you) so I hope it gets to you.
    I love you bunches!

    M.
    M. I am definitely smiling! You are right, it is a most beautiful day and I love you so very much too and always will. I am so honored that your first post ever was on my blog. I hope your day is grand in every way.
    Auntie J

  2. Lynn Williams
    October 10, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Janice,

    If we were all as honest as you have been then we could all say our “human/flesh” side has gotten the best of us at some point in time. As always, you have blessed me with your witness of the fragility of our human feelings that can quickly be over powered when we fail to gird our spirit with the full armor of God, which aids us in our battles and struggles against the wiles of the evil one. In closing, I am convinced that we as Christians often have a grater difficulty in forgiving ourselves… even when God is lovingly telling us that He remembers not what He has already forgiven us but we MUST forgive ourselves, dust ourselves off and turn away from the error of our ways. God bless you and keep you, sister Janice. You are loved… lumps, bumps and all! Thank you for your encouraging words.

    Thank you so much for your encouragment Lynn. It really wasn’t easy for me to write this paticular post, yet I felt it was very necessary. Too often we only let people see one side of us, our “best foot foward side.” I can say in all honesty I rarely lose my temper, and I’m thankful that I don’t, but this time I failed in keeping myself in control. You are right when you say it is hardest to forgive ourselves. I have spent the past few days in prayer with a heavy heart. I must admit that after writing and posting this blog I felt a greater peace than before I wrote it. Being in the scripture always does that for me. Thank you for being a wonderful friend!

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