Good Morning! As you get ready for the day, are you prepared to face the enemy? He will either attack or plan an attack today…are you prepared?
There are many different ways to fight an enemy. Indeed, it is important for us to strategize offensive measures for the perpetual warfare in which we are engaged against our archenemy: the prince of darkness; but it is equally important for us to understand how to defend ourselves when we are under demonic attack.
One of the enemy’s primary tools of destruction is tempting us into turmoil and tribulation. Satan’s goal is to tempt us to trust in ourselves or in external, erroneous information so that we may lose our confidence in the faith of Christ. The devil knows that once our heart becomes focused on our own faith, we will become discouraged and forfeit valuable place to him.
The Bible tells us in Ephesians 4:27 to “neither give place to the devil.” You see, when we allow ourselves to keep wrong thoughts in our hearts, we will inevitably surrender precious real estate to the devil, and he will use this to try to destroy us. Battles are almost always fought to gain territory. The phrase Paul uses to enunciate this forfeiture is to give place. The word place is the old English translation of the Greek word topos, which literally means topography or territory.
It is important to realize that the devil may not build anything on the territory we render him right away. Oh no, the Angel of Light is more cunning than that. He knows that if he moves too quickly, he will alarm us to the fact he is constructing strongholds in our lives. More often than not, the devil will patiently wait until we have allowed him to reside within our minds—the conceded territory—for a period of time so that he may silently construct infrastructure in our thought processes that he will later use to devour us.
So we see that it is absolutely imperative that we are diligent on our guard and not allow the enemy to capture any territory in our minds. Again, one of the primary ways the devil will seek to advance upon us is through temptation. If his tactic of temptation is successful, we will be faced with an onslaught of turmoil that will likely interrupt our peace and overwhelm our meditations. My friends, Jesus clearly tells us that He does not want this to occur. Let us take a look at a portion of Scripture that demonstrates this truth.
“These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
We see here that one of the Comforter’s––the Holy Spirit’s––primary jobs are to bring things to our remembrance. It must be noted, however, that if the Spirit is to bring something to our remembrance, it must first have been something that we previously had known. In other words, we cannot remember something that has never been a part of our memory!
Knowing this, it is clear that God intends for us to prepare for turmoil by spending quality time in His Word and committing the knowledge therein to memory. When we do this, God promises us, the Comforter will enable us to remain at peace in the midst of difficult circumstances and not fall victim to temptation and its resulting turmoil.
Have you spent quality time with Him this morning? Have you committed to memorizing what God needs to bring to your mind later? When the devil brings an attack, are you ready…or His peace do you lack?