What the devil Fears Most
Beloved, the devil fears you. He fears what would happen when you realize who you are. He fears who you could become. Because once you realize who God is, who you are, who He has made you to be, you start to walk out your identity as a child of God. An entire generation of sons and daughters who worship God will tear down the strongholds of the enemy. It’s only a matter of time before his reign comes to a complete end. Forever. Before Jesus comes back, the enemy will try to stick it out as long as he can and bring down as many people with him.
I say these things not to instill fear or bring too much attention to the enemy’s schemes, but to awaken you to a reality.
Ask yourself: What is an area of my life that I have/are struggled/struggling most with?
These are just to name a few.
The area of your life that you’ve struggled to get the most breakthrough in is the area of your life that the devil fears most. When the Lord touches, redeems, and transforms it, you will have freedom from the shackles that bind you. Sometimes getting that breakthrough means inner healing, extending forgiveness, and/or facing your biggest fears. Sometimes it means turning off the screen, not watching those shows, getting off of your phone, going back home after a certain time. It might mean not talking to a certain person past a certain time. It might mean talking to a trusted brother/sister about that area of shame in your life that you’ve never told anyone about before. The enemy will try to distract and silence you in any means so you don't engage in this thing called spiritual warfare.
If you are a believer, you will take part in spiritual warfare. While in prison, Paul writes to the church of Ephesus and encourages them to walk in the light. At the end of the letter, he tells them to be strong and to put on the whole armor of God. Why? So they could “stand against the schemes of the devil” (Eph. 6:11).
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).
Notice how Paul’s “How To Fight in the Spirit” is located at the end of his letter. I think that the placement of “The Whole Armor of God” (Ephesians 6:10-20) is something to take note of. If you read everything before that, Paul encouraged the church by reminding them of their first love and reaffirming their adoption in Christ. Some key points in this letter are also that we are saved by grace through faith, that it is the gift of God, and that we are his workmanship for good works. He shared the Gospel and his testimony, giving glory to God. He exhorted the Christians to no longer walk in their old Gentile ways, but to walk in life of Jesus and to be filled in the Holy Spirit. He wrote about kingdom values and having a kingdom mindset.
When the target of your heart is on the Lord, you become a target of the enemy.
In Paul’s letter to the church of Ephesus, he's calling the church into repentance and to turn to the Lord and make His ways their ways once more: to walk into the calling of the church which is to be united, holy, filled with the Holy Spirit, and to be the Bride and soldier of the God's Kingdom.
The purpose of a military is to advance and guard: to advance in enemy territory and to guard what is already theirs. I believe that Ephesians 1-5; 6:1-9 is the advancing. What Paul talks about in these chapters is all worship unto the Lord and the pursuit of God. When there is true worship, the Lord’s presence is there. His presence is powerful to expose and expel darkness. When God is present, people will come (Acts 2:41, 47, 4:4). Where God is not present, people will go (Matthew 28: 18-20). It is the grace of God that we can go and advance.
Though there will be engagement in spiritual warfare when advancing, Paul indicates that spiritual warfare is guarding what is already in place. He says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). Stand. Beloved, if you are standing in faith today, you haven’t fallen. However whether or not you have fallen into sin, take up the whole armor of God. Put on the belt of truth. The breastplate of righteousness. Shoes of readiness and with the gospel of peace. The shield of faith, extinguishing all the flaming darts of the enemy. The helmet of salvation. And, the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God that cuts through bone and marrow. It cuts and heals. And PRAY at all times in the Spirit. Be alert and pray for your leaders, because when the enemy attacks, the leader will be the first one he will try to take down. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
Spiritual warfare has been going on since the garden. But this is good news, brothers and sisters; we are fighting a war that has already been won. Before the final end of his authority on earth, the devil will try to bring as many people down as he can.
Have you gotten significant breakthrough in your life before? If you have, this makes you a bigger target because you have the testimony and the authority to bring others into that place of healing and breakthrough. That means more believers walking into the freedom that was made available to use through the death and resurrection of Jesus. So guard your freedom, breakthrough, and healing with the whole armor of God. Continue to walk out in the freedom that you have. Are you struggling? What the enemy meant for evil, God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today (Genesis 50:20). Most often, your struggles are not your own. Your breakthrough is the breakthrough for your community, your family, and the generation that comes after you. If you're struggling, align yourself with the Lord's heart and His Word. Take on these weapons and be confident that the Lord is with you. There is nothing that He hasn't already done to assure you of victory that lies before you.
God, I pray that you may open the eyes of our hearts and that we may see Your power and light. Give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Jesus. Pour out on us so that we may pour out onto others. Remind us of our first love.