How to stop Satan from hindering
STRENGTH FOR TODAY - Dr. Harold J. Sala (The Philippine Star) - June 9, 2019 - 12:00am

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you  may be able to stand your ground.  Ephesians 6:13

 When a ruthless killer known as “the silent stalker” was on the loose in our neighborhood, motion-detecting floodlights suddenly appeared. Bars were put on windows, and those who could afford them installed alarm systems.

Satan, like a silent stalker, takes more than his fair share of victims. Should we live in fear of his attacks? No! Then how should we respond to his cunning ways?

First, be informed. That’s where Scripture tells you far more than I have time to mention, giving you insights to his intent, his game plan and his operation.

Be alert – that means you are heads up and observant. When you see issues that are clearly condemned by Scripture, label it what it is – sin.

Be cautious. Don’t give him an inch of territory. That’s part of James’ advice about resisting. Be aware of what comes into your home on TV, the Internet, the movies you watch and the kind of entertainment you indulge in.

Next, be confident. Armed with only a slingshot, David went out to do battle with a giant because his confidence was in the Lord. Remember, “...for those who are with us are more than those who are with them” (2 Kings 6:16).

Be prepared. Arm yourself for the conflict. Paul told the Ephesians what to do to prepare. Study Ephesians 6. Learn what it means to take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. In other words, realize God has made provision for your welfare. Put on the protection of what Christ did – His righteousness or His uprightness.

Be aggressive. Your greatest protection is the Holy Spirit’s strength within. That means submitting to God’s purpose for your life and letting Him be Lord. Remem- ber, the battle is not yours but the Lord’s. That’s what counts.


Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.” But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. I Peter 3:13-16

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