So you can take your stand
Ephesians 6:10-13 New International Version (NIV)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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. 13 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
Some would have you believe that we just speak the word and the devil will flee, but scripture says put on the full armor so you can take your stand. Pride will be our downfall. Sure, God will fight for us, but we must do it His way and that is to put on the full armor of God. Having to put on armor suggests we need it and that we can and will be wounded sometimes. The devil would like you to think when you get saved it will be a tiptoe through the tulip’s life. My friends the day of evil will come, and God tells us to be prepared for it. Now prepare to take your stand and when you have done all stand and your deliverer will come.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Devo Can’t stand before your enemies? Part 1
Revelation 2:14-16 (NIV)
14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth.
Numbers 31:16 (NIV)
16 “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the Lord in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the Lord’s people.
Balak king of Moab hired Balaam a prophet to pronounce a curse on Israel, but God would only bless them. Balak offered Balaam large amounts of money so he come overthrow Israel, but Balaam tells Balak he can’t curse what God has blessed. We are blessed of God through His son Jesus. Satan can’t curse what God has blessed. It is then out of wanting that large reward that Balaam devises a plan to turn God against His own people. He tells Balak that he must turn God against Israel by enticing them to be unfaithful to God, so Balak sends in women to entice the Israelite men into sexual immorality and to eat food sacrificed to Moab’s Idols. The Israelites did just that and ate of the forbidden fruit, so to speak. This turned God against them, and God cursed them with a plague. They could not stand before their enemies, because of their unfaithfulness, not the power of Moab or the Satan. Satan had no power over them except through sin. Satan can’t curse what God has blessed. We are blessed of God through Jesus Christ our Lord and savior, returning to our vomit takes away our defense. It was not until they purged the sin from among then repented did the curse stop. If you are lost return to the cross and repent all over again. If God is for you who can be against you, but if God is against you who can be for you.
Pastor Jeff Lane
Pastor Jeff Lane