March 14th - The Real enemy
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Eph 6:10-12 (NKJV)
I know from my own personal experience that it is easy for me forget who my real enemy is. This is a problem--a real problem! If my enemy is not of flesh and blood--why do I speak against or strive against other people? In terms of spiritual warfare, developing or nurturing adversarial relationships with other people is a complete waste of my time! My time would be better spent on putting on the whole armor of God and hammering the real enemy.
How much of our time, energy and resources have wasted away as God's people fought each other? I was once asked, in the midst of an unholy church war, which side I was on. I answered by suggesting that I didn't think there were actual sides in the Body of Christ; Furthermore, Jesus prayed that we would be One as He and the Father are One. Time to grow up and point our spiritual weapons in the right direction--for we do indeed have an actual enemy.
The Apostle Peter warned us about him: "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV) So, we have this powerful, but unseen enemy that is driven and motivated to destroy people. We see his handiwork in our culture. He is the father of lies and has caused our society to embrace and then propagate half-truths and lies. He has worked at devaluing God's creation by enslaving people with vices that are addicting. He enticed us with the empty promises of fame, fortune and power, as if the meaning of life can be found in the vanities of life.
The "key" in fighting against the powers of darkness comes down to one factor: "Be strong in the Lord." I am called to resist this powerful enemy who wants to devour me. If I take him on in my own natural human power, I frankly do not have much of a chance. However, if I decide to stand and fight with the spiritual weapons and supernatural strength that are found in the Lord--I can and will soundly defeat the enemy of my soul."Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world!"
Church, it is time for us rise up, gear up and turn up the heat on the Enemy and put him on notice that we are putting on the whole armor of God, and that we will contend for the souls of our fellow man with great energy and spiritual integrity.
Author's Note: I don't believe that there is any reason for us to back down or give any ground to the Enemy. We have our marching orders--we have been given the power of the Holy Spirit--we have the favor of our Heavenly Father, and we have the prayers of our Savior... Time to be bold! RJD