A stonecutter said to his apprentice, “Watch as I break this large stone.” He then began to tap it gently in different places.
The apprentice said impatiently, “Give me the hammer and chisel. I can hit it harder.”
“Oh, I can, too,” came the reply, “but I’m looking for a weak spot.”
Suddenly the teacher found it. Hitting it with force, he broke the stone with one stroke.
That’s the way the devil works: he looks for our weak spot and then attacks us. We rarely realize that we are under constant and viscous attacks by the forces of evil to get us to give in to temptation and sin.
If we are to be successful and withstand his attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of His armor.
Paul said that we are to “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil.”
Paul reminds us that we are not fighting against “flesh and blood” but against demons over whom Satan has control. And these demons are not something that exist in our fantasies, but they are very real. As Christians we must realize that the goal of the demons is to defeat us and destroy the church. We must be ever vigilant and realize that they will do anything and everything to find our “weak spot” and lead us back to sin. We are assured that victory can be ours but we will be in this struggle until Christ returns.
To be victors in this battle, we need the supernatural power of Christ to defeat Satan. This power is available to us through the Holy Spirit who dwells within us and will protect us.
Prayer: We pray, Savior, that when we are tempted and tried that we will call upon You for Your strength knowing that “all the powers of hell will not conquer Your church.” In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Ephesians 6:10-18 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Read more…)