The surprise attack by the Japanese on the morning of December 7, 1941, pushed our country into World War II.
I was 13 when I visited Hawaii, and our visit to Pearl Harbor was the most memorable part of the trip.
(My mother is an enthusiastic student of military history, and she took great care to make sure I would be a history nerd too.)
30 years after my visit to Pearl Harbor, I remember the sense of reverence and sadness that permeated the memorial.
It’s crucial for us to remember our history if for no other reason, to learn from it for the future.
Knowledge enables us to be prepared.
Turning to spiritual matters, we never know when our enemy is going to attack.
1 Peter 5:8 warns us, “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
Satan has a full arsenal, and he is looking to break you.
He’s attacked me for the past year, trying to wear me down emotionally and make me back off of my work for the Kingdom.
Sure, some things happen because we live in a sinful, fallen world.
We have to remember we are fighting our own sinful natures all the time.
But there’s also spiritual warfare going on around us.
And it’s important that we know how to identify our enemy.
Recognize spiritual attacks for what they are.
He’s very clever and cunning and its easy to dismiss some things as “bad luck” or “coincidence.”
But neither exist.
Ephesians 6:10:18 that tells us how to wear the full armor of God.
Verse 11 says, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.”
We are told to be prepared for the enemy’s attack.
We don’t know when, but we know he is out there.
Most of all, we have to remember that though we may be in the heat of the battle, the war is already won.
And we know Who the victor is.
Today, as you pray, ask the Holy Spirit to help you recognize spiritual attacks for what they are and help you be prepared.
Ask Him to remind you, especially when you’re feeling discouraged, Jesus has already won.
We know Him as our Savior, and no attack can destroy our salvation through His amazing grace.