Written By Nicole Wood
We all know that God has a good and perfect plan for our lives, but the unfortunate truth is that the devil also has a plan for each one of God’s beloved children - and his plan is for their complete destruction.
While we might not think about this daily, God does implore us to stay alert and watchful. The spiritual war around us is real and threatening, and if we are not actively aware of it and taking precautions, we can find ourselves at the losing end of this war. Just because we cannot see it, does not make it any less real or relevant.
1 Peter 5:8 ‘Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a lion, looking for someone to devour.’
The greatest stories contain opposing characters. Good and evil. The hero and the villain. Just look at the highest-grossing film franchise of all time: The Marvel Cinematic Universe. Its 23 films have grossed over 23Billion USD at the global box office. Moviegoers pay billions to see superheroes defeat the evil bad guys every time.
I wonder how many of these people realise that they themselves are actually caught up in an unseen battle for their lives and their hearts every day.
There is a saying that the devil doesn’t come to you dressed in a red cape and a pitchfork in his hand, he comes to you disguised as everything you ever wanted.
Even the Bible states in 2 Cor 11:4 ‘…Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.’
If we are to walk in God’s purposes and live by His design, we need to take heed of the devil’s schemes and be alert and aware.
Since we know that our battle is not against flesh and blood (Eph. 6:12) but against the powers of darkness, we should take up the weapons and the armour that God has given us to fight the enemy (Eph. 6:10-18). We need to daily put on the armour of God and meditate on His truths in His Word to avoid being deceived.
But there is one thing that we need to explicitly heed to avoid being susceptible to the devil’s schemes. And that is pride.
The devil knows all about pride. His pride caused his fall from grace (Is 14:12-15), and in the same way, our own pride can cause our own fall from grace if we are not careful. This is why Peter states in 1 Peter 5:5-6 just before talking about the devil: ‘…God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand.’ And James 4:7: ‘Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.’
We need to resist the devil, yes, but before we can do that, we need to address our own pride, and humbly submit ourselves to God. If we acknowledge our need of and dependence on God, then we won’t have the weakness of pride in our lives that the devil is searching for, because he knows better than anyone else that pride comes before a fall (Prov. 16:18).
In my own life, the issue of pride was one of the first things God spoke to me about, and I believe that as believers we can struggle with this issue until we submit fully to God and allow him to deal with it. It is only then that we can obtain real victory against the enemy!
Stand firm... defend... advance... Warrior Princess, but always humble yourself before the Lord.