In marriages, the devil is always looking for opportunities or advantage to get us to sin.
He is a master strategist. He has been strategizing for the fall of man especially their marriage from the time of Adam and Eve.
THE Bible enjoins us not to allow the enemy get an advantage over us.
Message translation talks about not giving him an opening because we are not ignorant, oblivious of his devices, his wiles and intentions and his sly ways.
If we understand the ways of his tactics, we will be able to guide against his workings in our lives and marriages.
2Cor 2:11 KJV)
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
To keep Satan from getting the advantage over us; for we are not ignorant of his wiles and intentions.
After all, we don’t want to unwittingly give Satan an opening for yet more mischief—we’re not oblivious to his sly ways!
Let’s see how the devil got an advantage over Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve were both God’s perfect creation, living in a most perfect condition.
Every thing was going on fine with them.
They had the presence of God.
They had fellowship with God the father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
They had power, they were anointed.
Yet the devil got an advantage or an opening over their lives.
This advantage led to their being banished from grace, from the very presence of God.
Before the devil gets to his main opportunity, he may take a very long time.
He doesn’t mind because he is very patient.
First, he got Adam to be preoccupied with work when he should be with his wife.
Then he caused Eve to think she can handle situations by herself. She got her to be disobedient and not submissive to her husband.
At the point of the temptation, they both forgot the presence of God.
They forgot to yield to the voice of the Holy Spirit.
I am sure the Holy Spirit nudged them about not yielding to the voice of the devil.
They just failed to listen and obey.
So also the devil tries to gain advantage over us through offenses, unforgiveness, hatred, malice, misunderstanding, misconception etc.
Know that the enemy always tries to cause a breach in the unity between husband and wife.
He suggest ideas, opinions that are contrary to us and then also makes us feel bad about these ideas.
As husbands and wives, let’s guide against unnecessarily exposing ourselves to the enemy’s devises.
He makes negative suggestions to our spouse and then goes ahead to suggest to us how we should react negatively.
This has been his strategy right from the beginning.
So, let’s forgive ourselves on time and keep the unity of our marriage intact.
May God make us sensitive to the wiles of the devil to be able to overcome them.
May God bless our marriage.
Confession of the day
I am sensitive to know the wiles of the enemy.
Prayer for the day
Lord, help me to be sensitive to your spirit.
Thoughts of the day
The devil is seeking to have an advantage over me in marriage , I will not cooperate with him or give him any chance.
I will be more sensitive to follow the voice of the Holy Spirit
Sophia Bolanle Okunowo pastors alongside her husband at Shouts Of Grace Center in Ibadan. She is an administrator with a Health Provider company. She desires to see marriages blessed and fulfilling it’s purpose.