May 18 Snared by the Schemer

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25

Key Verse: 1 Peter 4:7

The end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.

Warren Wiersbe commented on our struggles with the enemy: “The word warfare in 2 Corinthians 10:4 means campaign. Paul was not simply fighting a little skirmish in Corinth; the attack of the enemy there was part of a large satanic campaign. The powers of hell are still trying to destroy the work of God (Matthew 16:18), and it is important that we not yield any ground to the enemy.”

Many believers fail to realize that they are in spiritual warfare on a daily basis. The enemy fights a relentless battle for our minds, thoughts, and beliefs. Our values are under constant attack as we are challenged to “get in step” with a society that has long since left its spiritual foundation far behind.

Don’t be rocked to sleep mentally by thinking that because you are a member of a certain church with a certain denomination as its backbone, there is no way you will fall to Satan’s deceptive temptations. In 1 Peter 4:7, we are told to be “serious and watchful.”

Even believers can fall prey to the enemy, so stand strong in Christ. Every thought, every issue that is raised up against God must be taken “captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5 nasb). You are the only one who can assume responsibility for your life.

Don’t be snared by the enemy into thinking that you don’t need Jesus Christ. Life is given to every fiber of your being.

O God, give me sound judgment and a sober spirit. Help me take captive every thought that is raised against You. Pour life into every fiber of my being.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 145). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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