OUR DEFENSIVE STRATEGY
Friday, October 20, 2017
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"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." Ephesians 6:13

In Chapter 6 of Ephesians, there is a recurring word Paul uses in our defensive strategy against Satan, and it is the word “stand”. "Take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (6:11). "Stand your ground, and after you have done everything to stand" (6:13). "Stand firm then…" (6:14). To stand does not sound like a very active role in warfare. We are in the midst of a spiritual battle and we are told just to stand? How do we to interpret this?

In the battle between God and Satan, we must not get the notion they are two equal forces engaged in a dualistic cosmic fight. We cannot think God is a bit stronger and smarter and has the edge, so He will gain the victory. They are not forces of good and evil fighting equally. The differences are immense. God has no beginning, but Satan was created by God, and can only operate under God's restraint. God is omnipresent; in all places at all times, but the devil is local in his operation and existence. Job 1:7 speaks about Satan going back and forth, roaming the earth. His movements are limited, but while he may be in one place, his demons or fallen angels can be working in many other locations, carrying out his work.

God is omniscient. He knows everything there is to know, but the devil is clearly limited in what he knows. He certainly did not understand the consequences of the cross or he would have fought against it rather than entering Judas to make it happen. God is eternal, but Revelations tells us Satan, along with his angels, will be cast into the lake of fire and that will be their end. It is God's illimitable power against a limited one. It is the Creator against the created.

As Christians, our task is to stand and that is because the battle has already been won. On the cross, Jesus defeated Satan and his future is unambiguous in Scripture. He will come to an end, but in the meantime, his war is still raging and we are to stand, not in our strength, but in a strength that is supernatural. When crossing the Red Sea, Moses said to the Israelites, "The LORD will fight for you. You need only to be still" (Exodus 14:14). Satanic attack is not simply an attack against us, but against God. This is God's battle and He will fight for us. We need only to be still because we are not fighting for victory, but from a position of victory, which is why our defensive strategy is simply “to stand”.

PRAYER: Dear Jesus, thank You for already having defeated Satan on the cross. May I always stand firm in You, protected by Your Word and presence in me. Thank You, Lord.


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