“Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” Ephesians 6:11
Every morning I begin my day by asking God to direct, empower, and protect me, so I will be able to please Him in all I do, think, and say. I want to be in tune with what He wants for me. Often, there are times during the day when I take back control of my life from God and try to do things my way. When I do this, I leave a door open for the enemy.
One night, after talking to Marvin on the phone — he was in Florida — I went to bed and fell asleep. Suddenly I awoke. I thought I felt someone crawling into bed with me. My first sleepy thought was a joyful, “Oh, Marvin must be home.” Then I realized that he was in Florida.
I got really scared and silently prayed, “Lord, who is it?” He let me know that it was the enemy. I knew I had to pray aloud and so I prayed, “In the name of Jesus, I command you to get out of our house.” As soon as I prayed the presence left. I lay there for quite a while until I had the courage to turn on the light. Yes, the name of Jesus is powerful indeed!
Dramatic attacks of the enemy like that are rare. Far more often he attacks with fiery darts. The enemy uses someone’s careless remark or our own imaginations to tell us that no one appreciates us or that we are of no value. Within minutes our self-esteem can plummet to rock bottom because we listened to the enemy instead of listening to the Holy Spirit.
We must be alert so that we are able to discern whose voice we are listening to. Our thought life has two channels — one is alert to God, and one is alert to Satan. We have to choose which channel we listen to. If we ask Him to, God has promised to direct our steps. As we spend time with Him, He will teach us to hear His voice.
Father, thank You that You are faithful and will strengthen us and protect us from the enemy. Cause us to be alert and listen to Your voice. Thank You that You are the Almighty God. Amen.
by Katherine Kehler
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