For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

It would be naïve and foolish of us to think the devil and his demons aren’t constantly at work against the truth of God in the world. 

Just because we cannot see their activities, doesn’t mean they aren’t present and active. After all, our adversary is always on the prowl seeking someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). This should not invoke fear, however, because we know fear is not of God (2 Timothy 1:7) and we know how the story ends. Jesus has claimed victory over Satan through the cross and will defeat him finally at the end of time. If you need a reminder, read Revelation 20:10. This victory is certain. Not only do we have hope in Christ’s final victory, but the hope that “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). 

Instead of scaring us, the reality of evil forces should appeal a call to action for believers. We should be pressed to greater dependence on Him and guard against Satan through the study of the Bible and persistent prayer.

• How does this verse and the reality of spiritual warfare motivate your pursuit of God and a deeper relationship with Him?
• How can you daily combat the enemy’s schemes? How can you encourage others in this?
• Ask the Lord for alertness and courage to ward off the enemy’s plans.