Tuesday, 11th January, 2022
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11 KJV)
The word “wiles” in our opening verse is translated from the Greek “methodeia,” which refers to trickery. Trickery is primarily defined as a verbal misrepresentation. It’s when something is said with the intention to mislead and take advantage of someone for some purpose. That’s like what happens on the news sometimes. We know who’s behind this trickery; it’s none other than the devil, whom the Bible calls the slanderer and traducer (Ephesians 6:11).
A better expression than trickery, however, is “lying in wait.” We find this same expression used in Ephesians 4:14: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” This is “methodeia”: lying in wait for the purpose of deception.
Satan’s modus operandi is based on deception with misrepresentations. The biggest strategy with which he enforces this agenda is misinformation through the news media. As a Christian, you shouldn’t be ignorant of this. Ephesians 5:6 says, “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
This is why you ought to know and walk in God’s truth—His light. Jesus said “…I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). In other words, when you walk in His light, you’ll never be deceived. Give yourself to the study of God’s Word. His Word illumines your path and enlightens your heart and mind such that you’re never deceived or in the dark. Hallelujah!
"Dear Father, thank you for the instructions in your Word. I’m firmly rooted and grounded in your Word and guided by your truth in Christ Jesus. I live over and above Satan and his deceptions and manipulations, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
1 Peter 5:8-9; Psalm 119:15
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Matthew 8:28-9:1-17 & Genesis 27-28
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Acts 8:14-25 & Esther 3-4