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Motivational Minute: God’s in Control

We’ve all experienced times when someone makes a comment to us that is, at the very least, insensitive and, in some instances, downright evil. It’s easy to get caught up in these moments and get hurt feelings, say things that are better left unsaid, or gossip to someone else about that person’s behavior. As prince and power of the air, Satan knows exactly how to push our buttons, how to discourage us, and how to deter us from the things of Christ. All he has to do is turn our attention elsewhere. Ephesians 6:12 says, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. When we recognize that the battle we’re fighting is with a being whose very purpose is …to prowl around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8), we finally understand exactly how, as believers, we are to respond to these hurtful situations. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 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 (Ephesians 6:11-17). When the one who rules over this earth seeks to devour us, we can turn to the One who has the power to defeat him. We don’t have to go it alone!