1 Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
God warns us that the devil is always at work, always on the prowl. Satan is full of hate, anger, and evil schemes. He is angered by our faith and by our worship. His goal is to divide believers, to turn believers into non-believers, to separate us from our Father, and to make himself the replacement in our lives.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV) gives us details of one such tactic. The devil works by placing ungodly thoughts into our minds, creating strife within ourselves and within the world. We must work to demolish these thoughts and fix our focus on the goodness of Christ and the Father.
Of course, God has not left us abandoned to fight off our enemy. Numerous passages remind us that He has given us the tools that we need to arm ourselves against such wickedness. Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV) tells us to
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) tells is that no force is strong enough to separate us from the love of God. He has given us the tools we need to ensure that no forces will prevail in their effort to separate us. If we use those tools and stand strong in our faith, as God has spoken, we will prevail because He stands with us always.
I give thanks to you for sending your son to the cross for me so that I could find peace with you. I know that grace and love are poured over me. I ask that you help me to recognize and count my blessings, to give thanks, to seek you and to praise you, and to walk with you all the days of my life.
My journey to renew my faith has emboldened the devil to take action against me, an attempt to shake my spiritual foundation. You know my weaknesses; I ask for your help and for protection from his wicked ways. Allow me to better understand his ways so that I can better identify when and where he is working to put strain in my life. Protect me from ungodly thoughts, speech, and action. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!