The whole armor of God

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11

The devil made me do it. Flip Wilson used that as the punch line for his Geraldine character. I know I would laugh but really did not give much thought to the devil’s power over me. The Devil gets a lot of blame when things go wrong. Yet the simple fact is the Devil cannot make us do anything. Tempt, yes, make no.

Make no mistake, the Devil is extremely powerful. He was one of God’s angels. He was most likely the most powerful angel. Unfortunately he was not satisfied with his station and decided to rebel against God. In the matter of rebellion we have a lot in common. But for all his power the Devil still cannot force us to do anything. We may blame him but the choices are ours.

Why are we without excuse, because God gives us the power to stand against the schemes of the Devil? We need only to call on the Lord for the strength to avoid the temptation before us. I know it is difficult. Even Paul struggled to do what was right and refrain from doing what was wrong. However, just because the struggle is difficult is no reason to give in. When we fall we need to pick ourselves up, turn to the Lord and try again. On this side of heaven we will most likely never overcome all our temptations, but we should never give up trying. God does not give up on us, let’s not give up on Him.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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