It is often said that we should know our enemy. That is, know the one that is against us, who attacks us and who seeks our demise. I think it’s true that we should be aware of our enemy. No, not make our life focus his plans or his ways. But a Christian should know just who their enemy is. First and this is very, very important, there is only one enemy. He is not your spouse, people who have hurt you, other Christians, politicians or someone you just don’t like. No, our enemy is the one enemy…Satan and his demons. This enemy has really only one game plan:
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. (John 10:10 NIV)
Jesus comes to bring life but the thief, the enemy comes to do only three things. It is not complicated this plan, but it is the plan behind his every attack, scheme and thought. He seeks to:
Steal – Steal our joy peace and hope. To steal our innocence and strength. To hijack our lives and try and deprive us of a Gods truth and light. Our enemy is a thief.
Kill – Our enemy wants us dead. Literally…yes. But also dead to the voice of God. Dead to light and hope. He wants to kill the seeds of joy and bring death to our dreams and to our peace. Our enemy is a killer.
Destroy – The enemy desires destruction in every area of our lives. To try and lay waste to the works of God in us. His Goal behind every temptation and attack is our destruction. Our enemy is a destroyer.
Why point this out? Because the attacks of the enemy are very really. He is attacking right now in every quadrant. Our church, our lives, marriages, relationships, minds and hearts. His goal? Kill, steal and destroy.
But that is not where this story ends. Even though our enemy is real, his plans are evil and he is powerful Jesus is more so. More powerful, overcoming and strong. Jesus is not just some slightly more powerful entity than Satan. Jesus is the perfectly sinless Son of God. The one who forever broke the power of the enemy on the Cross.
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (I John 4:4 NKJV)
Yes we are in a spiritual battle. Yes our enemy is very real. Yes, he desires destruction for us. However, Jesus in us is greater than anything the enemy can throw at us. Remember that truth. That Jesus in us is greater than our enemy. That our Lords ability to heal is greater than the enemy’s ability to scar.
Today if you are in the midst of a battle remember that you are not alone. Remember that Jesus is on your side and that He is our victorious Savior!