Know Your Enemy, Change Your Activity
It strikes me as odd that we say we believe in Satan yet we live and act as if he is nothing more than a figment of our imagination or a comic book character. He is neither, to be sure, that is if you believe the Bible.
If I really believe in a devil, a real live entity of evil that is bent on our destruction (see John 10 and Ephesians 6), then I will live as if he is indeed alive, active and pursuing my downfall with a scheme and a plan. In light of this biblical truth, I need to know my enemy and, in response, change my activity.
We should not be ignorant of his schemes nor should we be surprised when we see the destruction he leaves in his wake. We do not have to give him much rope to hang us with, we usually do a good enough job left to our own sinful nature. Yet this age old adversary is wise and seasoned and he is willing to wait. His patience is formidable. If we are not submitted to the Lordship of Christ in every area, our enemy may target one of those little secret closets that we have packed things away in: unforgiveness, lust, insecurity or regret.
Five things I know about the devil:
- He is evil, wicked, calculating, and void of any good at all.
- He hates God and God's image in this world and works tirelessly to destroy all that God created as good.
- He hates you and me and all humanity because we are the crowning creation in God's world and we are His image bearers.
- He is not equal with God but is created by God and under the ultimate authority of our Sovereign Lord.
- His destiny is eternal destruction in hell.
Since I know these things about my enemy, I must now change my activity. I must live as if both God and Satan are real, but not equal. I must pursue Godliness, holiness, humility and genuine love for God and neighbor. I must be aware, sober and vigilant in my struggle against the spiritual powers and influences that I cannot see but that I battle daily nonetheless. I must always be on offense (living a life of worship and obedience to Christ) and defense (fighting temptation and the enemy by the power of the cross and the risen Christ). I must avoid people and perceptions that would tempt me to compromise. I must stay clear of scenarios that could lead me down a road of regret and shame. I must read the Bible as if it is my authority, not a book of suggestions. I must pray as if my life depends on it.
There is too much to lose to live as if our enemy is not real, active and planning and plotting our destruction. But it is insufficient to fight him in our flesh. We will lose every time. Our victory is in Jesus Christ who is risen and coming again. Rest in His victory and change your activity as if you serve the Most High God who will rule and reign for eternity.
Written by Clayton King
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