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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

Wrestling with Satan up close and personal!

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‘We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against … spiritual hosts of wickedness …’ Ephesians 6:12 NKJV

Before doing battle with Syria, Joab told his brother, ‘…If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you’ (1 Chronicles 19:12 NKJV). If one was overwhelmed, the other could step in and help. Spiritual warfare is different, however. We’re not wrestling with ‘flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness, and spiritual hosts of wickedness’ (see Ephesians 6:12). And wrestling is a one-on-one struggle that means getting up close and personal, going toe-to-toe with your opponent.

When David faced Goliath, the giant was so sure of himself that he announced to all Israel, ‘If he is able to fight with me and kill me, then we will be your servants. But if I prevail against him and kill him, then you shall be our servants and serve us.’ (1 Samuel 17:9 NKJV). Think about the long-term implications of this. If Goliath prevailed, God’s people would spend their lives serving the enemy! The stakes were incredibly high for Israel—and they are for you too.

Satan is out to defeat you, and if you wrestle according to the rules of the flesh, you will lose. Just like professional wrestlers have rules they must abide by, there are fail-safe spiritual rules designed to work for you. Paul says, ‘The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.’ (2 Corinthians 10:4 NIV). The only hope you have of defeating Satan lies in prayer, Christian fellowship, God’s Word, the name of Jesus, and the blood of Jesus. These five things top the list of powerful weapons given to you to defeat the Enemy. So, use them today!

SoulFood: 1 Sam 11-13 Luke 4:1-13 Ps 95 Pro 16:31-33

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2024

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