Don’t Let the Enemy Steal Your Joy!

By Maggie Lasher

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. ~ Ephesians 6:10-12

Not to get all woo-woo on you, but I do believe in the active presence of angels and demons among us.  Many years ago I read Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and it gave one of the most visual descriptions I’ve ever read – and scared the pants off me.

In his book, the angels and demons move among us unseen.  The protagonist in the book is a young woman unaware of the spiritual warfare going on around her.  At one point in the book she is struggling along, weighed down and suffering with many demons clinging to her back, their talons sinking deeply into her being.  What were the demons?  None of the “big” ones, just the “little” ones like doubt, fear, a spirit of harassment and all of them together were weakening her and preparing her for the “big “ones.

 The enemy does not come with a full frontal attack.  No, he’s sneaky.  First you begin to doubt, then you fear, then you begin to reject the truth and turn to despair.  Now you’re easy pickings.

How do you do battle with him?  You grasp hold of the truth of your salvation in Jesus Christ and in God’s immeasurable, all-encompassing, never-ceasing love for you and you bask in it.  Don’t let the enemy steal your joy!

Father, we pray for protection against the powers of darkness.  We pray for protection against the enemy’s schemes.  We claim our place as your beloved child.  We come against all powers of confusion and hurt and intimidation.  We put on the garment of praise and worship today.  We are more than victors in Jesus and we rebuke all distractions in order to walk in the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. In His precious and holy Name, we pray.  Amen.

 

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