Who Is Our Greatest Threat?

“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. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

Ephesians 6:10-12/NIV

With the hatred and discontent going on around the world, it is easy to see why we need God’s strength and defense! Hatred, warfare, and strife are apparent in humanity, and it would be easy to view others as a critical and primary threat. However, in a review of biblical passages, there appears to be another and an even greater threat than humanity. Let’s explore Daniel for more insight.

In the book of Daniel (chapter 10), Daniel had a terrifying and distressing vision, and he turned to God for understanding. The Bible states Daniel prayed for 21 days while awaiting God’s response in a humble and restricted posture. That was a bit different from other occasions documented where God sent an immediate response and answer. On this occasion, it took 21 days for an angel from God to arrive with an answer to his prayer. The angel tells Daniel the reason for his delay:

Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them. But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia” (Daniel 10:12-13/NIV). 

The delayed response for Daniel had nothing to do with humanity but Satan’s demonic forces. Also, reading in John (13:27), a passage reflects Satan indwelling Judas, which was one of many contributory elements to him betraying Jesus Christ! It is certainly tough battling humanity, whom we can see but it is even tougher fighting a foe we cannot visualize! We humans are weak on our own, but we can draw strength from a greater source! Let’s explore further!

Isaiah is a book that I turn to frequently, which reminds me of God’s strength and support. In 40:28-30, these passages remind me that God will not grow weak or tired; He gives strength to the weary and weak! Isaiah 40:31 give me much hope and confidence: “those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (NIV). When battling humanity and suspected Satanic and demonic forces, I will hope and trust in the Lord, who will renew my strength! I will soar above my adversaries, run with much strength and endurance and not become faint! Amen!

Many blessings to you!

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