“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV
There’s a very real danger facing every Christian; one that we may not be aware of, or aren’t taking seriously enough. Ephesians 6 warns us against “the devil’s schemes”. In this context, a scheme is an underhanded plot. The devil has one goal, and that is to separate us from God. His schemes are often subtle. Look at how he tempted Adam and Eve! The devil makes things that are harmful seem harmless which is why the Bible encourages us to “put on the full armor of God”. In short, the full armor of God is the Bible. We need to know what God’s will is, and live according to it. God has laid out a safe path for us to walk through this life, but if we don’t know it, or ignore God’s directions we are putting ourselves at risk. When Jesus was being tempted by the devil in the wilderness, He quoted Scripture to counter the devil’s well camouflaged lies. The devil hates the Truth, and the Truth is that Jesus died to forgive your sins and restore your relationship with God. The best way to keep that relationship strong is to remain close to the Lord, and rely on his power. That happens when we have regular contact with God’s Word, and live our lives according to God’s commands.
Action Plan: memorize the Ten Commandments and look them up in Luther’s Small Catechism to better understand how you can live them every day. Our enemy, the devil has been defeated by the death and resurrection of Jesus. The devil is a loser. Don’t let him confuse you about the victory you have in Christ. Know God’s Word and live according to it!