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Day 271: Know Your Enemy

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016
Isaiah 54:1-57:14
Ephesians 6:1-24
Psalm 70:1-5
Proverbs 24:8
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Eph 6:12

Every problem you will ever face in life has a spiritual component. As Christians, we must know this: not to be afraid, but to be better prepared.

If your marriage is on the rocks, there may be plenty of practical things you can do: work on communication, spend quality time together, or go the extra mile to serve your spouse. However, at the end of the day, you have to pray. Satan hates marriage! He despises covenant. He will do anything he can to drive Christian families apart. The way we combat his activity is through prayer.

Our battle is spiritual; but Jesus already won the war. We wrestle with powers and principalities, but we do not war. The point of wrestling is to pin your opponent: to remind him who’s boss. When we cancel Satan’s plans in the name of Jesus, we remind our adversary that he lost, and Jesus won. Scripture gives us confidence that, because of the Cross, “…the God of peace will crush Satan under [our] feet” (Rom 16:20). We don’t have to fight our spiritual enemy; we simply have to use the name of Jesus in prayer and put our adversary in his place.

You don’t have to fight for victory. You get to fight from victory. You can go into every prayer confident that Jesus already defeated Satan on the Cross!


Father, I cancel every one of the enemy’s plans for my life, in Jesus’ name! I know You have amazing plans for me. Help me to step boldly and confidently into those plans, in Jesus’ name!


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