Ephesians 6:10-24, Romans 13:8-14, 2 Corinthians 10:3-5, 1 Timothy 6:11-12
The beaches at Normandy, Helm’s Deep, Gettysburg—these are places where great battles were fought. But the battles were not ultimately about those places. We are like this. Our hearts are battlefields, but the aim of the devil’s warring isn’t ultimately about us. What is he after? God’s glory. It has always been this way (see Ezekiel 28).
So why are we who are flesh and blood in this fight? Because Scripture teaches us that we exist to glorify God and enjoy Him forever (1 Cor. 10:31, 1 John 1:3), and the devil wants more than anything to render us irrelevant when it comes to living this sort of life.
How does the devil go about this? There is an old Scottish proverb that says, “The Devil’s boots don’t creak.” The devil is subtle. Why? Because we don’t fight what we don’t notice. The Apostle Paul wants us to notice we are in a fight.
The devil’s tactic isn’t to block the glory we strive to give to God as much as it is to take from us the desire to give God glory in the first place. He does this not by turning our focus from God and onto himself, but by turning our focus from God and onto ourselves.
What does it look like to live as men obsessed with our own glory? It can look like an obsession with our weight or appearance. It can look like pettiness because self-love makes contempt come easy. It can look like a critical spirit when we determine to find our worth in how we stack up against others. It can look like a drive to manipulate because we’re afraid of anything we can’t control. What would you add to this list?
What are we to do about this?
God gives us everything we need for everything He has called us to do and be. He has equipped us with armor and with access to His presence. We cannot fight this battle without Biblical truth and prayer, but the good news of the gospel is that we have been given access to God’s Word and His throne of grace, before which even the most weary and defeated disciple can fall and find help.
Scripture tells us who we are when our faith is in Christ. We are redeemed by blood of Jesus. We are heirs of God’s kingdom. We are agents of redemption in this world. So may God, by the power of His spirit, uncover the lies we believe and the accusations we wilt under. May He show us the devil’s schemes at work in our lives. And may God be glorified in and through our lives.
written by Russ Ramsey