Finally, be strong in the lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. – Ephesians 6:10-11
Have you ever been overcome by life and all it flings your way? We’ve all experienced this from time to time. We become so over-involved that Satan is able to grasp hold of us and steer us away from God.
How does he do it? It’s simple. For some he can easily say, “You can’t do that activity. It’s too hard. You don’t have time and you won’t be appreciated.” But for others he works just the opposite. He may encourage us to pack more items onto our plate, pushing us in overload. Once he convinces us to take on an overage of projects then he turns the tables and begins to hint to us that we are not getting help, no one else will do the project, or even hint to us to stay home from church or school so that we aren’t asked to do anything else.
The fact of the matter is, his ultimate goal is to burn us out. He wants make us feel as though we are the only ones in the world who may feel tired and unappreciated. When that happens, he has us just where he wants us. Satan leans back and roars with laughter as he celebrates in his success.
Putting on the armor of God can have more than one meaning. Primarily, we consider the armor to be a good scriptural base – one that will offer us recall when we must fight against evil. Satan fears the word of God and when we are able to use those words against him, we become strong. However, the armor can be something else as well. The armor can be the protection we need from God to help us ward off Satan’s stinging words. By helping us to close our ears to the things that he is trying to convince us to do or not to do, we can find the necessary help we need to pick and choose the projects where our talents will excel. Now, we can perform to the highest standard for the glory of God.
Satan schemes against us daily. When we find ourselves tired, sad, and wanting a way out, it may very well be, that the devil has been successful. God loves us for our efforts, and he always sees the work we’ve done. The thing we must remember is that our Father never overloads us with work. He wants us to take our talents and use them to the BEST of our abilities to glorify Him.
Is your plate overflowing with tasks that could be shared? Put on the armor of God and allow Him to help you sort through the massive pile of work. He will give you the necessary strength to overcome.
Prayer: Father, we tire at times. Help us to find strength in and power in You.