Read yesterday’s devotion
Ephesians 6:10-11, “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
Let’s look at some of the weapons the devil will use against us:
- The weapon of confusion.
- The weapon of doubt.
- The weapon of fear.
- The weapon of despair, helplessness and failure.
We look to ourselves rather than the Lordship of Christ. The weapon of fear destroys many, because they are fighting their battle in the arm of the flesh. Will fear take you from the battlefield of faith? The more you stand the more the devil hurls at you. Why not fight the good fight of faith without fear and stand. 2 Corinthians 4:8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
The devil says he is more powerful than God. The Bible says, “Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world.” The devil tries to convince us that God has lost and the devil has won. He tries to get you in the battlefield of confusion, doubt, fear and despair.
Paul was on the battlefield of faith and he finished the course. Many of us have been soldiers who have gone AWOL. The battlefield of faith has some frightening consequences for the devil. Let’s be good soldiers of the cross and say with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
Are you fighting on the wrong battlefield?
Read Luke 23-24
Read Proverbs 27
Pray tonight for God’s power on Sunday’s preaching.
THE BATTLEFIELD OF FAITH!
Read 1 Timothy 6:1-16 & 2 Timothy 2:2-6
Every blood bought Christian is to be a soldier of the cross. In 1 Timothy 3:19 a soldier is commanded to “war a good warfare.”
Paul said in 2 Timothy 4:7-8, I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
As you can see in the photo above, these soldiers are fighting in their battlefield, but what happens to those who miss the battlefield of faith? You can do all to stand and still miss it. Some say, “Just do your best and do what you can.” There are those who love to fight or pick a fight, but that is not the Christian’s battlefield of faith. God will not bless the fights on the wrong battlefield. He blesses the fight of faith. The question is, on which battlefield have you been waging your warfare? We must learn that the fight of faith defies all rules of self-effort. Any confidence in self must be put aside.
The songwriter said, “The arm of flesh will fail you…” If we trust in our own manliness at the expense of faith, it will mean defeat in the warfare. Look at 2 Timothy 2:1-6 again.
Here is a good outline of a soldier of the cross:
- In verses 3-4 he is a soldier – endure hardness.
- In verse 5 he is an athlete – strive lawfully, go by the rules of the game. It also requires training.
- In verse 6 he is farmer – keep planting and reaping.
We must also learn that we are fighting an invisible enemy, not one of flesh and blood. We are not in warfare with the Sodomites, Liberals, NOW, NEA, Abortionists, Planned Parenthood. These are enemies we can see; they are emissaries of Satan. If we try to defeat them in the flesh, we will surely fail. It is a battlefield of faith. Only a handful is fighting this battle. Others would rather fight an enemy they can see. The battlefield of faith is in your heart; it goes where you go. Many make the mistake of getting in one battle, but forsake the battlefield of faith. Which battlefield are you on? We need to get our course from God. Every man must choose for himself which one he will be on. Our adversary is an enemy we cannot see. That is why God supplied armour of faith in Ephesians chapter six. CONTINUED TOMORROW!
Read Ezekiel 37-42, Proverbs 26, Complete__