Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world.
~ 1 Peter 5:8-9
Last week I read 20 Ways Satan May Seek to Destroy You This Week. A short but sobering post to be sure. I was prompted to read this after reading in a book that we should not to argue with the enemy or address him directly, but rather say “The LORD rebuke you.” More importantly, it is critical that every Christian recognize she or he is a target, every day–putting on the whole armor of God is not an option in this warfare.
This week I read a post by Tim Challies on Learning to Stand in this battle. This is an excellent piece on how exactly we practically “apply” this armor. The enemy not only wants to destroy individual believers but the work we do for God’s Kingdom, those that would come to know Christ because of us, the Christian vestiges of this country, and the spread of the Gospel throughout the world.
I strongly recommend reading both posts. Taken together, these should spur any believer to dig in deeper and be diligent to live out Ephesians 6, for ourselves and for the Gospel.