Ephesians 6:11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” These are words of warning from the apostle Paul. The devil is the enemy of anything righteous. Not only will he never bow to God’s authority, he will not rest as long as there is even one person praising God. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 5:8, that the devil is also our adversary and we must remain sober and vigilant because the devil roams about watching for an opportunity to devour us. These warnings, I believe, are more urgent today than when they were first spoken. As we get further and further from when Jesus walked among us, we drift further and further from Him. I have heard it said in marriage teachings that if your marriage is not growing stronger then it is becoming weaker. We never stand still. We are either moving toward something or away. If we are not moving toward Christ, we are in fact, moving toward the devil. Paul and Peter knew this much better than us, so they warned us.
Today I am writing this from my office at the church. I rarely do any writing here. Most of my written work is done early in the morning at our dining table. I am here because today is the first day of our women’s conference, the Pink Impact Simulcast, and the ladies are putting on their armor. They are fastening their belts of truth. They are lacing their gospel shoes, and putting on their breastplates of righteousness. They are preparing to quench any fiery darts satan might throw their way. They have also been praying for those that have fell victim to some of those fiery darts. The devil has put a roadblock in front of a few of the ladies that were planning and hoping to be here, but he cannot stop the worship taking place right now.
The devil is a strong enemy. He is smart and crafty. He has a sweet tongue and promises tasty treats when we turn our eyes upon him for a moment. He is a liar and a cheat. He wants nothing good for us. That is why Scripture warns us over and over to prepare for his attacks. I admire these ladies that have taken off work to prepare for what they know will come. They are fighters. They are making a stand and saying to the devil what every Christian should know and stand by. “Satan, you might be smart and strong and sneaky and tempting, but compared to our God, you are nothing. You have already been defeated and you are grasping for air. I am ready for you to be done with forever and I will not give you one bit of the strength that my Lord has given me!” “In the name of Jesus, I rebuke you satan. Amen!”