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You have the victory



'Put on the full armour of God...' Ephesians 6:11 NIV

The enemy, the devil, isn't going to send you a congratulations card because you've decided to live for Jesus. No, every chance he gets he'll try to attack you. 'Attack me where?' In your areas of vulnerability, like your emotions, your relationships, your faith!

Paul writes, 'Put on the full armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes' (Ephesians 6:11 NIV). Notice the words, 'that you can take your stand.' The armour is God's; the stand is yours! God's armour is for those who are willing to stand for what's important; like the salvation of your family, the success of your friendships, your walk with God, or anything else of value to you.

Pay attention to Paul's words in Ephesians 6:17: 'Take...the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.' The sword referred to here is a large dagger used for fighting at close range. Understand this: some days you'll have to go toe-to-toe with the enemy's ways. To defeat him you'll need to know how to use God's Word, which is described as '...alive...sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates...it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart' (Hebrews 4:12 NIV). When you come face to face with the devil, God's Word renders him powerless.

So what now? Remember: 'My dear [child], you belong to God and have defeated them; because God's Spirit, who is in you, is greater than the devil, who is in the world' (1 John 4:4 NCV). Take your stand. You have the victory already, through Christ!

Soulfood: Zech 9-11, Mark 14:27-42, Ps 52, Prov 24:32-34

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