Scripture for Today:Ephesians 6:12 “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.”
Who would ever want to harm this gentle creature? The Florida manatee, or sea cow, measures up to 13 feet and 1,300 pounds. Their slow lolling nature make this large marine mammal a favorite of tourists. But there are Manatee Zone signs saying “Slow Speed” and “Minimal Wake” in an effort to protect them. Even so, the manatee is classed as “vulnerable.” Their greatest threat is human as they are hunted, drown in fishing nets, face habitat degradation or collide with fishing boats.
Today’s verse reminds us that our greatest enemy is not human. Our biggest threat is spiritual against our souls. We protect ourselves from evil by the different pieces of God’s armor: truth, righteousness, the Gospel of peace, faith, salvation, and the Word of God. (verses 10-19) We can stand firm against evil with the protection He provides. We can stand with confidence as well, knowing that He not only has determined the outcome of this war, but He fights with and for us!
My courage is so non-existent that I need to enlist my husband when in combat with a spider! There is nothing in me to inspire fear in those dark forces of evil. Yet, the Devil will flee from me when I am wholly submitted to God (James 4:7). I can face the dark and stand strong, never with my puny efforts but in the power of His might! Although this is a subject that can illicit fear, God reassures my heart. If God is for me, who can be against me? (Romans 8:31)
Thank you Lord, that my heart, mind and soul belong to You.