Who is our Enemy?
As we engage in spiritual warfare, we are confronted with a question: Who is our enemy?Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Whether you are a Christian or not, the devil hates you because when God made you, he made you in his image. He can’t get God because God is too powerful for him, so he goes after God’s image – you and I.
If Satan can’t stop you from accepting Jesus into your live, he has a ‘Plan B’ for your live – to make you a miserable and a powerless Christian. Jesus did not come just to die for us but he also came to show us how to live. He did not just die to get us into heaven, but he came to bring heaven to us and through us, to others.John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
Be encouraged that as you learn to overcome every battle or ‘roaring lion’ that comes your way, you will grow spiritually strong.
It is essential to know who you are in Christ because your spiritual authority comes from your identity in God.1 John 4:4 (NIV) You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.Battlefield of the Mind
Very often, the battlefield is in the mind. The devil will try to bring our shield of faith down by attacking us from within, in our minds with lies, fears, thoughts and accusations. One of the most important revelations you can receive is the fact that not all of your thoughts in your mind are really your thoughts. Some are actually coming from the lies of the enemies.A few practical and biblical principles to help you when it comes to battlefield of the mind:1. The Power of Truth
One of the tactics of the enemies is lies. Jesus called Satan the father of lies (John 8:44).
You have to battle the lies of the enemies with the truth of God. Speak the word of God into your situation. The devil can only thrive in darkness. Is there any area in your life that you are still in the dark? Ask God to reveal the truth to you in this area.John 8:32 (NIV) Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
What sets you free? Knowing the truth does. Knowing the truth liberates you. Believing in lies will keep you bound.2. The Power of PrayerPsalm 141:2 (NIV) May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
In the Old Testament, the incense drove away snakes and scorpions and reptiles. You cannot fight the Devil on his ground with unforgiveness, resentment, bitterness, anger, revenge, etc. Why don’t you change your battleground and take your fight into the spiritual realm by praying?3. The Power of PraisePsalm 150:6 (NIV) Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord.
The devil does not know everything. He cannot read your mind. He is not omniscient like God. He cannot hear what your mind is thinking but he definitely can hear the praise of your mouth. So praise Him!Discussion Questions
1. What are the lies of the enemies have you been listening to?
2. What is the fear that is limiting you to live your life to the fullness?
3. Have you got any unresolved issue, unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment or anger towards someone? Ephesians 4:27 …do not give the devil a foothold.Sample Prayer
Father God, I renounce any agreement and involvement I have with the enemies. Forgive my sins. Break any lies of the enemies in Jesus name. Break any fear that is in me in Jesus name, set me free! Lord, I forgive those who have hurt me (insert the names here). I let go of my past, my pain and the words that spoken against me. As I release them Lord, you release me to live my life to the fullness. Replace the lies of the enemies with the truth of God. Replace the fear in my life with faith. God, thank you for what you have done and what you are about to do in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.