Summary of passage: Paul concludes with a powerful message: be strong in the Lord and His power. Put on the full armor of God so we can withstand the devil’s schemes (which are endless). Our struggle is a spiritual one, not one made of flesh and blood, but against the rulers, authorities, and powers of the dark world and the evil spiritual forces.
When the day of evil comes we must be armored and ready so that we are the still standing after the assault.
3a) Personal Question. My answer: Be strong in your faith and trust in the Lord. Believe in His mighty power.
b) Personal Question. My answer: Pray all the time. Pray when you think to pray. Make it a habit. Read God’s word. Commit it to memory to use as a weapon against our enemy (ies). It all comes back to faith. Believe God has power in your life. Trust in Him. And give Him control. He will do the rest.
c) Personal Question. My answer: With my husband’s job. I’m just giving it to God. I tried to take control but nothing is happening so God can deal with it.
4) Genesis 3:1-5: The serpent made Eve doubt God. He made her question her faith and trust in Him by questioning God’s word.
2 Samuel 11:1-4: The devil used a beautiful woman to make David fall. Lust. To which David could not refuse.
Daniel 4:28-30, 37: The devil used pride in accomplishments to fall Nebuchadnezzar. God made him crazy, humbling him, so in the end Nebuchadnezzar realized God’s power and the fallacy of pride.
Matthew 4:1-11: The devil tempted Jesus by questioning his identity (Son of God) and even using God’s words and by offering him all the riches of the world. Jesus used God’s word to vanquish him.
5) God is greater than the devil. After all it was God who threw the devil out of heaven and exiled him to Hell. The devil’s sole purpose in life is to win souls to his side. He wants to see all of us fall just like he did. The devil will never cease in this quest to destroy us. Everyone is subject to his temptations (even Jesus) and we must be ready to defend ourselves if we are to win. The devil knows our weaknesses and will use everything he has to bring us down. It’s up to us to use everything we have to remain standing (verse 13).
Conclusions: I liked looking at all the famous temptations in the Bible. As I become more comfortable with the Bible I begin to learn more each and every time I revisit these passages. Lesson of passage is simply be strong in the Lord or the devil will get you.