GET TOGTHER – Be Dressed Up Rather Than Set Up
Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (NKJV)
This is the first Get Together that I have done in over two and one-half weeks. A couple of weeks ago I got hustled. I have been hustled a few times in my life. Not as much since I became a Christian, but even as a Christian I have been hustled on a few occasions.
Here is what happened. I will not go into all of the details, but one day when I was working at the church one of those drop-down things came on my computer telling me that my protection had run out. It had a phone number on there that indicated that it was Microsoft. This same drop down had come up a few days before and I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me not to call that number, but that I needed to call a man in town that has worked on computers for us.
As I mentioned earlier I was tired and I got to thinking rather than drive the two miles to the other side of Hamilton I would just call Microsoft and they could probably fix it with me sitting here at the computer. Well needless to say it wasn’t Microsoft. I won’t go into all the details of how the person blocked my computer and sent some very bad stuff to it. Thankfully the fine gentleman here in Hamilton that works on computers was able to fix the problem and I didn’t lose any of my teachings, or other information.
The Greek term for wiles in the above passage is methodeia, meth-od-i’-ah . It means scheming with the intent to deceive. The person on the other end of that phone number had a scheme. He meant to deceive me. I am sure that he wanted me to have to pay him to fix the problem. That is the way Satan works through his demonic forces. He has a scheme. His schemes are meant to deceive us. He wants to deceive us so that he can destroy our witness and our testimony. He may send someone to flatter you to set you up. He may offer something to you that when you were in the world you would have really have liked to have had to discredit your witness for Christ.
The best way for all of us to avoid this is to do what we are told to do in Eph 6:11. That is to put on the full armor of God each day. Be sure that you read Ephesians 6:10-19. It will tell you how to do this. Remember the enemy doesn’t play fair. If you see him receiving the good sportsmanship award you will know that contest has been rigged. On the other hand, remember that he has been defeated and when the Holy Spirit nudges you like He did me do what He says. When we do that He will save us a lot of pain, and aggravation.
By the way, I have forgiven the guy and I have been praying for his salvation. I am believing that what the enemy meant for bad that God will work for good. I just might see that guy in Heaven one day. Wouldn’t that be God’s plan triumphing over the enemy’s plan?
Let Us Pray
Lord Jesus we thank You that you have defeated the forces of hell. Help us to put on the full armor of God so that we can walk in the victory that You have provided. Help us to listen to the Holy Spirit when He is giving us warnings and advance notices about the wiles of the devil and the wicked schemes that he uses.
In Jesus Name
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