Devotional For The Week Of 8/13/18- Pick Up Your Sword

In the book of Genesis Satan is described as subtle which also means crafty. Jesus says in John 10:10 that Satan’s job is to steal, kill and destroy. Ephesians 6 states that we’ll be able to stand safe against his strategies and tricks as long as we wear God’s armor. There are many passages in the Bible that let us know how Satan operates and there are just as many, if not more, that tells us how to overcome his attacks and tricks.
 
People forget that even though the devil is defeated, he is still prowling around like a lion seeking whom he may devour (see 1 Peter 5:8) and we need to stay alert. We can stay alert by storing God’s Word in our heart so that when he does attack, we can use the Word of God as our sword. God’s Word = God Sword. The Word of God is a sword.
 
There are two similar stories in the Bible that have two completely different outcomes because of the way the Sword (God’s Word) was handled. In Genesis, God’s Word was that Adam and Eve could eat any fruit in the Garden except the Tree of Conscience. The serpent came and questioned God’s Word and told them what He said was a lie. Instead of standing on God’s Word and using it against him, they ate the fruit from the tree God told them not to eat from.
 
The last Adam (Jesus) was tempted and each time Satan attacked, He told him what the Word of God said. (James 4:7- Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.) The devil had no choice but to leave because Jesus was submitted to God and resisted the devil each time he came at Him.

The first and the last Adam were tested, but only one triumphed because He stood on God’s Word. (Ephesians 6:12- For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against persons without bodies—the evil rulers of the unseen world, those mighty satanic beings and great evil princes of darkness who rule this world; and against huge numbers of wicked spirits in the spirit world.)

You can’t fight a spiritual battle with natural words, which is what Eve did. You need God’s Word to resist the enemy so that when he attacks and it’s all over, you will still be standing up. Remember that after their test Adam and Eve had to leave, but after Jesus’s test He stayed and the devil left. Two similar situations, but two completely different outcomes. Pick up your sword!