Father, we ask that you help us understand your word through the guidance of the Holy Spirit, and open our hearts and minds so that we may incorporate your word and will into our lives for your glory.
“Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of the evil in the heavenly world. That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil, you will be able to stand strong” (Ephesians 6:12-13)
“Having disarmed the powers and authorities, Jesus made a public spectacle of the forces of evil, triumphing over them by the cross” (Colossians 2:15)
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7)
“But I want to remind you, though you once knew this, that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed those who did not believe. And the angels who did not keep their proper domain, but left their own abode, He has reserved in everlasting chains under darkness for the judgment of the great day” (Jude vv. 5-6)