Good morning! Persecution is always a reality for those who are disciples and missionaries of Jesus. Therefore, we must recognize the schemes of those who are against us, always realizing the innocence of our Savior in the midst of that persecution.
In 2 Timothy 3:12, Paul tells Timothy, “Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” We have to realize that there is an adversary who seeks to undermine God’s truth and divert us from focusing on the path He calls us to walk. Therefore, God has promised not to leave us along but to give us strength based on His might, not ours. As we saw from the previous passages, Satan will come along to have us undermine God’s design, moving away from being filled with the Spirit (v. 18) but being filled with… anything else.
God has a design, but Satan has “schemes” as well. While Satan is not Almighty, He certainly is mighty. We must recognize the schemes God calls us to execute even as we see what Satan’s schemes are. Are we aware of what God is calling us to do as part of the Great Commission? Do we study the schemes of Satan? May God give us a godly shrewdness as He sends us out into our sphere of influence.