The Real War
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
The enemy’s primary strategy against the believer is deception. We learn from 2 Corinthians 11:14 that Satan often “disguises himself as an angel of light.” In fact, Jesus called him “the father of lies” (John 8:44). Thus, our best weapon is the truth, which sets us free from deception’s bondage (v. 32).
It is hard to avoid deception when you are not aware of the adversary’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). One of his oldest deceptions, which goes back to Adam and Eve, is the temptation to doubt what the Lord has said. To do so means to doubt God’s heart and character, which is similar to a soldier on the front line setting down his weapon as the enemy approaches—mistrusting God sets you up to be knocked down repeatedly by the evil one. If you listen to this voice of doubt, you give Satan a foothold. That will weaken you so that he can gear up to bring about further destruction.
Another scheme of the devil is to distract the believer. A distraction is anything that drags you away from what is most important at the moment and makes you so busy that you lose focus. Satan doesn’t use just blatantly sinful or superficial things to divert us from abiding in Christ—he will even use good things to subtly build up a wall of “noise” around you so that you gradually stop listening to God’s voice.
Ask the Lord to reveal any area in your life where you may be susceptible to deception. He will give you power to claim the truth and walk in freedom.
Panorama of Providence
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
Someone said, “Worry is a trickle of fear that meanders through the mind until it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts drain.” Are you worried today? Perhaps you’re anxious about your health, your family, your future, or your finances. Oh, what a plague is worry. It robs us of sleep, peace, and the ability to think biblically. If only we could see our problems from the panorama of Providence and from the vista of His sovereignty.
In The Living Bible, Philippians 4:6 says simply, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.”
Worry is our natural human response to the pressures of life. Peace is God’s supernatural gift for our hearts. If a trickle of fear is meandering through your mind and cutting a deep channel, unleash the flood of God’s peace. He is in control. He is in His holy temple and on His mighty throne. He can bear the load and grant you peace.
A hurricane of afflictions may beat about you, yet you shall be a blessed man, for all the elements of blessedness are within your own heart. God has given them to you, and the devil himself cannot take them away. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, in his sermon “Anxiety, Ambition, Indecision”
Recommended Reading: Philippians 4:4-9