Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Know Your Enemy

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

Know Your Enemy

When you are in a battle, you must be aware and know your enemy’s strategy.  You have to pay attention and not lose concentration for one minute, and even more so in spiritual battle. Most importantly, you have to be certain of who your true enemy is.

Satan is the enemy of God. He actively seeks to oppose God, His purposes, and His people. The enemy has many different names:

  • Devil means “accuser,” because he accuses God’s people day and night before the throne of God (Rev. 12:7–11).
  • Satan means “adversary,” because he is the enemy of God.
  • Tempter (Matt. 4:3)
  • Murderer
  • Liar (John 8:44).
  • He is compared to a lion (1 Peter 5:8)
  • He is compared to a serpent (Gen. 3:1; Rev. 12:9)
  • He is compared to an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:13–15),
  • “The god of this age” (2 Cor. 4:4, NIV).

He is crafty and deceptive but unlike God, Satan is not all-knowing, all-powerful, and cannot be present everywhere at the same time. Then how does he accomplish so much in so many different parts of the world? The answer is in his organized helpers.

Satan’s helpers - Paul called them “principalities … powers … rulers … spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12) Charles B. Williams translates it: “For our contest is not with human foes alone, but with the rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of this dark world; that is, with the spirit forces of evil challenging us in the heavenly contest” (WMS). This suggests a definite army of demonic creatures that assist Satan in his attacks against believers.  Soldiers, there is a spiritual battle going on right now in the earthly realm as well as the heavenly realm. 

We are spending energy and time fighting each other when Satan is the enemy.
We fight people (husband and wife arguing) when they are not the real enemy. Satan pits us against each other so he can get in between us and cause a division. Like the Bible says, a house divided will not stand: Knowing their thoughts, he said to them, “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste, and no city or house divided against itself will stand. Matthew 12:25 Satan knows exactly what he is doing. United we stand, divided we fall. Division always brings a breakdown when it is something that is meant to be united, such as a marriage, a church, or a country.

We are wasting our time fighting people when we ought to be fighting the devil who
seeks to control people and make them oppose the work of God.

Satan’s Abilities - Satan is a strong enemy and we need the power of God to be able to stand against him. The Book of Job tells what his power can do to a man’s body, home, wealth, and friends. Jesus calls Satan a thief who comes to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (John 10:10). Not only is Satan strong, but he is also wise and subtle, and we fight against “the wiles of the devil.” Wiles mean “cunning, crafty arts, stratagems, or schemes.” We cannot afford to be “ignorant of his devices”! (2 Cor. 2:11) The enemy of our souls will do anything, use any means necessary to lull us to sleep while he removes even the mention of the name of Jesus Christ from public dialogue.  And if he can’t do that, he will try to reduce Jesus Christ, Savior, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, to a prophet, certainly not the “Son of God”.

Satan’s battle strategy is simple. He is out to deceive us, to trick us into buying his lies and temptations. He wants to divide us so that we destroy ourselves and turn away from each other and from God. He’s been at his plan for countless years, and he’s good at it. If we don’t know what God’s word says, if we’re not in tune with His Spirit, we are vulnerable and ultimately, we will fall for the lies.  He is on the prowl and ready to devour!  The battle is for glory, for the throne of creation. Praise God the outcome has never been in doubt.

The Lord will rescue me from every evil work and will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever! Amen. 2 Timothy 4:18

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