Black? _____. Happy? _____.
Day? ______. God? _______.
Most of your answers match mine, I’ll bet. How about that last statement, though? What’s the opposite of God? If you happened to think “Satan,” then it’s time to think again (And please forgive me for the trick question.) Here’s some really good news: There is no comparison between limitless God and limited Satan. In fact, God has no opposite; He’s an all-powerful, all-knowing category of one!
What a great reminder for my friend Stacy. Most of the time, she’s afraid: Afraid of the dark, afraid of failure, afraid of the unknown. She’s scared that the enemy–her name for Satan–is out to get her. But Stacy needn’t worry. No matter what the enemy throws her way, she’ll be fine; She belongs to the Father. And according to the Bible, God helps her fight and win spiritual battles: “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).
Now please don’t get the wrong idea: Even the shiniest armor might suffer a ding or two. This world is sometimes downright evil, and these earthly bodies aren’t immune to struggles. But—and this is HUGE—Leaning on God erases the painful lasting effects. Seriously, wrap your brain around this: No. Lasting. Effects.
Is Satan threatening a scary illness? God’s peace invades. Are you attacked by unfair treatment? God’s wisdom rules. Has life handed you a tough situation? God’s hope conquers. That’s the power of light over darkness! When you’re sportin’ the armor, even Satan’s best attempts are twisted into blessings: “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result” (Genesis 50:20). Take THAT, defeated one!
Now for a been-there-done-that warning: If you let the armor get a little rusty, do not underestimate the enemy. He may not be much in comparison to God, but he’s sneakier and deadlier than you. In fact, the Bible spends a lot of time advising you to beware:
- He is the father of lies (John 8:44).
- He is a roaring lion who wants to devour (1 Peter 5:8)
- He disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Corinthians 11:14).
Is Satan a powerful force to be reckoned with? Y-E-S. Think of it this way: If he were just a tad annoying, then you wouldn’t need the armor. Ephesians 6:12 is clear that we battle with “powers of this dark world, forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Please, I’m begging you, don’t face the darkness alone. You cannot win.
On the other hand, with the power of God within you, you cannot lose. Worthy daughter, pull out the fightin’ gloves and beat down fear, discouragement, and confusion. Swing those weapons of truth, faith, and prayer. Remember who you are and the protective gear you’re wearing—It’s a war out there.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.