Our Only Protection

God of our salvation, help us—for the glory of Your name. Deliver us.—Psalm 79:9

The armor of God is our only protection against the wiles of Satan, but it will do us no good unless we avail ourselves of it in its entirety.

In considering this matter, we must constantly keep before us the fact that such is the might and power of Satan that nothing apart from the armor of God will protect us from his onslaughts. Mark this and mark it well, for there are many Christians who have tried to stand against Satan in their own strength and have found themselves not victors but victims. One of the “wiles” of Satan is to get us to believe that we can resist him in our own strength. But the moment we think this—we are finished!

In my time I have seen many believers lulled by Satan into thinking that their long experience in the faith and their understanding of Christian doctrine were all they needed in order to be protected from satanic attack. But they found to their great cost that this was inadequate and insufficient. We never live more dangerously than when we depend on our spiritual experience and understanding to protect us from the flaming arrows of the enemy.

One thing and one thing only can protect us from the attacks of Satan, and that is the spiritual armor that God has provided to His people. In the Devil, you see, we are dealing with a foe who is inferior in power only to the Almighty Himself. Therefore, nothing less than the protection that God provides is adequate for our need.

Prayer

O Father, I need to get this matter straight, for I see that if my dependence is on anything other than You, then I am sunk. Drive this truth deep into my spirit this day. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Further Study

Rm 13:1-12; 1Th 5:8; 2Tm 2:4; Eph 6:11

What are we to put aside?

What are we to put on?

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