Keepers of The Home
Your husband’s not your enemy. Your in-laws are not your enemy. Your boss, your children, your neighbor, etc… are not your enemy. One of the enemy’s number one tactics is to distract us from who we really need to be fighting and instead pit us against one another.
I must say he is pretty good at it too, as I have fallen victim to his ways one too many times myself. A little bit of hurt, jealousy, doubt and distrust and we go right into battle with flesh and blood, don’t we? But that is exactly who the scriptures teach us in Ephesians chapter six not to do our battle with!
What are principalities and how do we fight them? Principalities are simply the gnawing lies of the devil. He is the prince of this world (John 12:31) as we are told in scripture and lies are what his kingdom is built on. The sooner we learn to recognize his tactics and deceit, however, the quicker we will be able to fight and overcome our real enemy.
The devil comes against everything God stands for such as marriage, family, unity, love, and peace. So when our minds are bombarded with skepticism, doubt and fear, we can be sure that the enemy is at work in our lives trying to destroy and break down relationships. The question is, will we let him?
Chapter six of Ephesians goes on to tell us just what kind of armor we can use to protect ourselves against the weapons that the enemy uses against us. Truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, and faith are the first few listed. The antonyms to each of those words could be lies, wickedness, the gospel of discord and unfaithfulness. You may want to ask yourself if any of those words might describe your current attitude towards a situation in your life.
The last of the armor listed in the book of Ephesians are salvation, the Word of God, praying in the spirit, being watchful and persevering. The enemy may be tormenting you right now by causing you to doubt your salvation, neglect reading Word of God, praying in your flesh, or stopping being watchful and persevering.
The bible says we ought to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5). This is not to condemn ourselves and give up, but rather to help us set our focus anew so that we can have the victory!
We have seen today the many different ways that the enemy attempts to trip us up. Let us be mindful of our enemy and the tactics he uses so that we can quickly put our sights back to the Lord, and recognize the attack comes from the evil one, rather than on the flesh and blood he chose to wrap himself up in in order to get us distracted and defeated!