“The Wiles of the Devil”

Holiday Thoughts

“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).

The believer grows in knowledge of God and of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. One expects this growth in the believer; but the believer must also grow in knowledge of the devil and his wiles. It is basic to any warfare to find out as much as possible about the enemy and his plans, strategy, and subtlety or wiliness ┬áThe same applies with regard to our warfare with the devil; we must learn as much as possible as possible about his subtle schemes, in other words, his wiles. He is incredibly wily, and indeed this is his chief characteristic. The first thing that we learn about him in the bible is his subtlety (Genesis 3:1). The text our heading is part of Paul’s great passage on putting on the whole armour of God. The reason for the passage is to prepare believers for their war against the devil. This war is assumed to be a significant part of the believer’s life.


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