September 29, 2015

Read Ephesians 6:10-11, 13

"The devil's in the details." We use the saying flippantly, but I think for Christians - particularly Christian parents - it is remarkably true. Paul encourages - no, by the authority of Jesus Christ he commands - us to "put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." 

The devil's schemes have been around since the Garden of Eden - lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes, and the pride of life. So, if we know his three primary schemes, why do we fall victim to them?  Because it's in the routine details of life that we get lazy. Perhaps our breastplate of righteousness slips or the belt of truth loosens at the end of a long day. It's in the details - the reactions rather than responses - that I feel the devil chipping away. 

"Therefore, put on the full armor of God ..." and make sure it's buckled up tight so that we can stand, alert and ready to respond to God's call to action!