(Ephesians 6:11) “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
In the old Road Runner cartoons, the coyote named Wile E. Coyote had one goal only in life – to catch the Road Runner, kill him and have roasted fowl for dinner. (I often wondered if the Roadrunner would taste like chicken!) In just about every episode Wile E. had a “plan.”
But alas, the coyote who described himself as a “super-genius” always outsmarted himself to the point of self-destruction. In his self-delusion, even the Acme products he so fondly purchased backfired most of the time because of his own doing.
It’s no accident the coyote was named “Wile E.” The word “wiley” comes from the word “wile” and the Oxford Dictionary is right when it defines this word as “devious or cunning stratagems employed in manipulating or persuading someone to do what one wants.” Fortunately, fate always helped the Road Runner out of harms way. But that isn’t always the case with us.
It’s no accident the word “wiles” is used to describe how Satan works against the Body of Christ. “Wiles” is translated from the Greek word “methodeia.” Do you see something familiar in this word? Yes, the wiles of the devil are the methods he employs. We are opposed by someone far more sinister and cunning than a cartoon even though most people today seem to think that is exactly what Satan is.
Study the history of warfare and read the works of Sun Tzu or Clausewitz to understand the basis for strategies and stratagems that have been employed throughout history. You’ll discover much about making the enemy believe one thing while you are trying to accomplish another in order to gain the upper hand and ultimately defeat him. This is exactly the nature of the spiritual warfare we are in as believers! We have an adversary who wants us to believe the war is being conducted in one direction while he attacks us without mercy in another. Unfortunately, the Church today functions without the discipline and order necessary to make good soldiers who are well armed and can defend themselves with skill. We are weakened because we are not taught the nature of the war, the nature of the enemy or even the nature of who we are in Christ. As a result, the battlefield is covered with those who have fallen, often at the whim of the enemy who fall mostly due to ignorance and carelessness.
In Christ the war is won but we are all fighting a daily battle against a real spiritual being whose goal is to render us unusable. This is what he did with Israel in the Old Testament. You may have completely blown your walk and destroyed your testimony. You may now consider yourself useless to God. A life with purpose for God may seem like something no longer within reach. This is a lie. Today, you can walk in understanding and in the knowledge of Him. You have armor that is doctrinal armor designed to protect you against the wiles of the devil. Therefore, take courage. Get back up off the ground. Today’s battle can still be a day of victory. Don’t you believe God is finished with your life. In Christ, you are already victorious and therefore have the privilege of giving glory to the One who triumphed over the vanquished. You can now live in His victory by faith from this day forward.
Renewed Thought – How do I know that God isn’t finished with me yet? I’m still breathing.