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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Weapons Against Our Spiritual Enemy

by Barbara Latta

Our yard has frequent visits from those pesky, armored creatures called armadillos. Their
Armadillos have the ability to destroy a lawn in one night.

dinosaur look, beady eyes, and mouse-like ears make them easily recognizable, but their most well-known trait is the ability to destroy a lawn in one night of feeding. The claws attached to their scaly legs can dig more holes than a backhoe o
n assignment. The evidence left behind is a yard full of ugly holes.

A couple of weeks ago we were plagued with two of these visitors. The daytime sleeping area was a large hole behind my hydrangeas. I was not a happy gardener when I spotted the pile of dirt in the flower bed and the exposed roots of my shrubs. I knew we had another culprit and the hunt was on.


The problem is armadillos hunt at night, so in order to catch one you must lose sleep. Getting up at different hours of the night to look outside to see if a villain is pilfering the earthworms under our grass is necessary to find the trespassers. This last hunt we spotted two of them wandering around the yard.

Resist the devil with the Word of God.
I grabbed a gun and my husband got the other one. Shining a spotlight on one, Ken said, “Get it!” I pointed and fired and was granted success. These things jump about six feet in the air when hit and spin around like a top before they die. I shot again to stop the critter before it ran into the woods. My husband got the other one and our lawn was safe once again.

Temptation comes at us from various angles and different times in our lives. The enemy is sneaky; he likes to hide in holes and bask in the darkness the way the armadillo did. Attacks can keep us awake at night and we can sometimes see the evidence of the evil coming against us before we recognize what it is.

The way to stop what the devil is doing to us is to “Resist the devil and he will flee" (James 4:7). We resist him by shooting the Word of God at him. If I had looked at that armadillo and just held the gun, the animal would have escaped. I had to point and shoot bullets to stop the enemy.

God has equipped us with whatever we need to defeat temptation. Instead of praying and asking God to take away whatever is coming against us, He wants us to use the weapons He has given to us to point and shoot to stop our spiritual enemy.

Don’t be afraid to go after the tempter with guns loaded full of the ammunition of the Word of God. If you do, the enemy will not win.

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What are some of your favorite “bullets” from scripture to make the devil flee?

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