Realize You Have an Enemy

  • Ephesians 6:10-12 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  • John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.
  • Matthew 16:21-23 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!” Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”
  • 2 Corinthians 2:11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
  • Ephesians 4:27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

You need to realize that you have an enemy and his name is Satan. He is a thief who comes only to steal, kill and destroy. If you don’t realize who your enemy is and how he works, you’ll lose battles. You’ll be dealing with things in the natural when you should be dealing with them in the spiritual realm.

Satan uses loved ones or others such as co-workers to steal your peace but your fight is not against them. Realize you have authority to defeat him (Luke 10:19). In Matthew 16:21-23, Peter was used by Satan to come against Jesus’ destiny. Jesus saw beyond Peter to the enemy at work and He said: “Get behind me, Satan”. Is someone challenging you concerning the plans that God has for your life? Are there attacks on your life? Know who is behind it and start battling your real enemy. The issue is not with people or circumstances that surround you; it’s with the enemy. You are not fighting flesh and blood but against rulers of this dark world (Ephesians 6:12). Instead of dealing with the people, deal with the enemy. Colossians 2:15 says that Jesus disarmed the powers and authorities which means that Satan has been defeated. You shouldn’t be scared of him. You should know and understand that Satan has been totally crushed and that victory belongs to you because of what Jesus did. Don’t be afraid to tell Satan to get behind you in the Name of Jesus. Enforce the victory that Christ has won for you. (See the category Spiritual Armor and Weapons.)

How to battle your real enemy:
  1. Realize that Jesus loves you and that He came that you might have an abundant life (John 10:10). If you don’t know in your heart that Jesus came to do good (Acts 10:38) and that every good and perfect gift is from above (James 1:17), when bad things happen to you, you’ll wonder if God is causing these. Satan is the one who comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10).
  2. When a challenge arises (i.e. conflict, crisis, a mountain needs to be moved), bind the enemy in that circumstance and command the mountain to move in the Name of Jesus (Matthew 16:19, Mark 11:23-24).
  3. Read Ephesians 6:10-18 anew and ask the Holy Spirit to tell you when you are fighting against rulers, authorities, powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil. Most Christians don’t understand this scripture and can’t identify when they are being attacked by the enemy because they see things through a natural lens. Don’t be one of them or you’ll be fighting the wrong person or thing every time.
  4. Stand your ground against the devil’s schemes until the victory comes. Luke 10:19 says you have authority over all the power of the enemy and that nothing will harm you.

Call to action:
Think of times when the enemy trips you up and you fail to walk in love or get frustrated. Determine how you are going to do things differently the next time.