Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
July 8 Scripture Selection: Psalm 63-64
Food for Thought: Ps. 64
It’s a very unpleasant thing to be the target of someone malicious who is being used by the enemy to unjustly harass you. When that person exudes hate and even resorts to using all kinds of evil methods to cause harm, it can be quite unnerving if you lose your bearings and forget the benefits of having a relationship with the Almighty God Who literally abides within you. That’s the type of thing that David experienced, and it can also happen today in the work place, between neighbors, in the home, or even with perfect strangers. But you don’t have to cave in to the wicked pressures and allow them to take you down. Instead, resist the enemy (never let him see you sweat!), and let him be taken down!
Actually, the Lord has already defeated the enemy. Speaking of Jesus’ victory, Colossians 2:15 says, “Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.” Now, only ignorance and fear give the enemy leeway to move in our lives.
When under attack as David was, it is vital to identify the true enemy. Ephesians 6:12 clarifies just who that is and who it is not: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” So the person causing the trouble is really only the puppet, with evil spirits pulling the strings. The puppet is to be pitied, forgiven, and even loved as Jesus loves.
But you are certainly not helpless when evil spirits do what their nature indicates. The Lord has provided us with His armor (Eph. 6:10-18), and II Corinthians 10:3-5 explains the power of our weaponry: “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This type of warfare takes place usually privately in your heart, mind, and mouth as you fearlessly rebuke their efforts and lies in the name of Jesus and declare His authority and protection in your life. (See Is. 54:17.)
Ephesians 6:13 assures us that we are, indeed, able to stand against wiles of the devil: “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” The key is to just keep standing in faith, and do not allow the enemy to determine your destiny. Faith always defeats the enemy (I John 5:4)!
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
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Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
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