2 Corinthians 2:11 – “in order that no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes.” NASB
1 Peter 5:8 – “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” NASB
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 – “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” NASB
Identifying the enemy is critical and we must recognize and understand that our enemy is the devil not other believers. He is the root of our problems and the propagator of the war being waged against us. We quoted Ephesians 6:12 last time identifying that our struggle is with the powers of darkness.
As we consider the following verses, we see even more powerfully who our enemy is and how we combat him. Ephesians 6:13-18 – “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. 14 Stand firm, therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of the evil one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,”
Let me suggest that if we are negative, distrusting, pessimistic, doubtful, fearful, sour, weak in faith and hope, unforgiving, unfriendly, and unloving it did not come naturally. We were influenced to become that way. Who influenced us? You are correct, it was the devil. The tactic of the enemy is to destroy our trust, faith, and confidence. His purpose is to cause you to be unloving, skeptical, and unforgiving. He delights in diverting your faith, stealing your joy, and destroying your hope. Remember his tactic with Adam and Eve, “Has God said?” He brings questions and doubts, not peace and hope.
Two things worthy of remembering. If the problem or need is a result of you deviating from God’s direction and entices you to commit acts of omission or commission that violate God’s plan and purpose there is something you can and should do immediately. That action is to repent and take steps to correct the attitude and behavior. We need to return to our first love and make things right. If the devil has stolen from you and you identify that theft, God has some marvelous promises of restoration. (Exodus 22:1-4; Proverbs 6:31).
Step one or key number one is – Identify the Enemy. Step or key number two is – Identify our Source, the Solution, and Divine Supply. Our source is God, the solution is found in the Law of Sowing and Reaping and in the Provisions and Principles of God’s word and appropriate them. The supply is God’s Riches through Jesus. He has both the ability and desire to provide. He has the resources and is never lacking in supply or power. We will delve into this key in the next devotional but for now, we will pause and say, “May the richest and best of the Blessings of God be yours.”
Have a great day!