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January 21, 2024 | Daily Devotionals | January 21

Keyser Soze Was Right

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. Ephesians 6:11

In the taut crime thriller The Usual Suspects the central character, Keyser Soze, drops an iconic film line: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.” A recent Gallup poll shows that only 59% of American adults believe in the devil—a drop of ten points since 2020. I’m not sure how anyone can look at all the misery happening on our planet and NOT believe in a devil. But that’s the way Satan likes it.

How do we deal with the fact that Satan is alive and well in America—and the world? First, we need to believe the Word. He’s real. Second, we need to apply the weapons we’ve been given for battle. We put on the breastplate of righteousness, notch the belt of truth, don the helmet of salvation, cinch up the shoes of peace, pick up the shield of faith, and wield the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Ephesians 6:14–17). We’ve read about these accoutrements before, but did you ever notice that the armor is all offensive? It’s all designed for a frontal assault. This means we take the fight to the enemy—we get angry and we get on our knees. We release the power of heaven in our homes and on our families and against the hell-hot arrows the enemy fires at us.

The spiritual armor of God does you no good if its gathering dust on the floor your prayer closet or if you are running from the battle—where your backside is completely exposed. Don’t lay in the trenches, waiting for the enemy’s attack. Get up and into the Word; charge the enemy’s position in prayer; commission the armies of heaven—the Holy Spirit and His angels—to war for you. The battle is real. Stand and fight.

Father, help me be strong in You and mighty in Your power.

“Belief in God, the Devil Falls to New Low: Gallup” by Julia Shapero, July 20, 2023;

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