A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. -Eph 6:10-11 NIV
I like the NIV because it says, A FINAL WORD! This is the last chapter, of this letter to the Ephesus church, PAUL is closing it down. . I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. (2 Timothy 4:7) This letter was written about 25 years after Saul met Jesus on the Damascus road and became Paul. It was written during his first Roman Prison stay and about 1-3 years before he was beheaded in 64 AD, but He didn’t know he still had that long to live, he thought his time had come. So, it really is in his mind, A FINAL WORD. Something to leave followers of THE WAY, before his glorification.
Leader, in 2 Cor 11:14 we are told to NOT BE SURPRISED, for Satan even disguises himself as an angel of light. That is why we are told to be aware of the; Strategies, Schemes, Deceit, Artifices- and my favorite- WILES of the DEVIL. He lies to us, wants to trap us, discourage us and snare us. He will do anything he can do with cunning satanic variety to weaken us and destroy us. He goes to work daily to produce discouragement, confusion, division, indifference and imbalance. He is our chief enemy! With the help of his device, the world, we are told that others are privileged, and that we deserve more, we have been taken advantage of, we do not matter- and all the other VERBAL VOMIT of the world!
Conduit, the devils Wiles are: 1-He exaggerates the pleasures of sin while minimizing the true nature and outcome of sin. 2- He uses emotions and moods as an opening into our lives and then we allow for him to stay in the form of a stronghold. 3- The devil will use people both in the church and outside of the church, to confuse us and repel us from the Father; see Judaizers. 4- He reminds us of how LIFE isn’t fair, and others have more, or have it easier, and then we keep playing that tape over and over and become self-absorbed. He helps us KEEP SCORE and accumulate our POUND OF FLESH. The Good news is he is a defeated foe! The only power Satan has, on a CHILD of GOD, is the power we give him! Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Soldier on! Amen!