March 17 Keep Out of Satan’s Territory

Scripture reading: Luke 22:31–32

Key verse: Ephesians 6:12

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

She had spent a long, hard day at the office. After-hours work caused her to get caught in heavy traffic, the aftermath of an earlier accident. Plans for an early dinner date with her husband were running afoul. Through it all, she tried to remain at peace, knowing circumstances were beyond her control.

However, by the time she arrived home, her husband’s concern for her tardiness had turned to irritation. As the conversation degenerated, both took a defensive posture.

After tempers had cooled, they called to mind Ephesians 6:12. Satan took subtle advantage of the circumstances, turning concern and weariness into personal conflict.

When such conflicts arise between two people, it is hard to keep in mind that the devil is slyly working behind the scenes. We seek to solve problems in our own abilities, ignorant of the reality of the spiritual realm. When we begin to understand the spiritual forces that are at work, we can then be more tolerant and forgiving of others, thwarting Satan’s plan of strife.

Allow Christ to fight your battles in the heavenlies, keeping you out of Satan’s territory.

Lord, fight my battles in the heavenlies. Keep me out of Satan’s territory![1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2002). Seeking His face (p. 80). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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