NCFI Cares: Active Vigilance

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How can we stand firm in the trenches of spiritual warfare? Engaging four important participles–“fastening, putting, fitting, and taking” found in Ephesians 6:14-16. Unlike a passive bible study or time of prayer, this is active engagement. It is not a time of boredom, like waiting in line. Instead, it is a focused vigilance.  Similar to when we are observing a patient who is very sick. We watch their vitals for changes while monitoring their signs and symptoms. Attentively we use our nursing knowledge and assessment skills to watch for complications. We are taking notes and ready to respond if our patient becomes critical. This is the same attentiveness needed to guard ourselves against the lures of Satan.

Like Jesus Christ, we will be enticed by Satan to sin (Matthew 4:1-11) and trust the Lord to strengthen and guide us. The Lord not only helps us during temptations, he seeks to develop our faith through the process. According to Keathley, a Bible scholar, the Lord uses Satan’s lures: (a) to prove us or strengthen our faith (1 Peter 1:6-7; (b) to teach us (4:12-13) and (c) to increase our love for God (James 1:12). Satan tempts us to sin and taint our witness for Christ, whereas the Lord uses our response to mature our faith and trust in him. Let’s stay actively vigilant and ready to respond to Satan’s temptation.

Prayer: Our Lord is faithful to strengthen you and protect you from the evil one while directing your hearts toward his love and the endurance of Christ, amen. (1 Thessalonians 3:3-5)

Here is the link to a great resource in understanding the biblical teaching of Satan. Satanology by J.H. Keathley at Bible.org

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