Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
The Apostle commands us to put on the amour of God as protection against the wiles of the devil. In the context of Ephesians 6, wiles can be defined as:
- A stratagem or trick intended to deceive or ensnare.
- A disarming or seductive manner, device, or procedure: the wiles of a skilled negotiator.
- Trickery; cunning.
Satan is certainly crafty. He has had time to observe mankind for thousands of years. Psychologists think they understand human nature: they know nothing compared to the adversary. Satan is an enemy whose primary goal is to offend God and destroy men.
One strategy Satan has is to exploit mankind’s prideful nature. He wants us to take pride in ourselves, our abilities, our resourcefulness, our willpower, our inner strengths.
“If anything good is to be it all depends on you and me”
We believers rely upon our will and strength to make the changes necessary to live this new life. We put harsh restrictions upon our body. We make vows and pledges to do better. We seek out 3, 5, 10, 12 step programs for success. We attend conferences and watch nights. We fast and pray, fast and pray, fast and pray looking for a breakthrough.
Now, these things in and of themselves are not bad. We need to get serious and DO SOMETHING! But we must take it to heart that we are not alone in this. God is working in us and through us to achieve our transformation.
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13
It is God working in us to achieve our good, expected end. It is God who gives us the power to make the changes. With this knowledge, we learn to work with God. Like a ship facing a large wave, we need learn to turn and ride with the wave. Trusting that God will — regardless how rough the seas — work out everything for our own good.