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Know Your Enemy as Well as He Knows You

 

 Should you know your enemy as well as he knows you? We spend an entire lifetime learning about God and his holy word. God is love, and His word leads us down the “path of righteousness for His name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3). One scripture tells us, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” (Psalm 119:105). We do well to learn more about the nature of God and His will for our lives. We will thrive in our Christianity if we combine our knowledge of God, and the enemy of our soul, Satan.

 

  Scripture explains to the child of God who the real enemy is. At some point, we must take God at His word on this critical issue. We often falsely see other people and nations as the enemy. As a result, ethnic groups have been attacked, races have been hated, genocide has occurred, and bombs are being dropped on the innocent. Households worldwide and, at times, members of the family of God are at war with shameful and hurtful words and evil and malicious actions being used as weapons. Notice how easy it is to direct the evil eye and aggression toward each other while Satan wages war with our souls. Satan is like that kid who used to place a kick me or punch me sign on the back of your shirt. He has set a target on you, and he welcomes other people to join in by assuming you put that sign on the back yourself, and somehow, you asked for it. Know that the enemy has victimized us, and no, we did not ask for it. We are just trying to live.

 

We have mastered the art of seeing God in the moment of extraordinary situations in life. It is high time we begin to recognize Satan when we see him. If we don’t, Satan will continue to take advantage of us at every turn. Scripture states, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Corinthians 2:11). Our enemy has studied human nature since the beginning of our existence. Starting today, let us examine him so that we can have more peace. Let’s stop entertaining the enemy. Learn to become more like Jesus; once He heard Peter speak something contrary to His purpose for salvation, He addressed the real enemy and said, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men” (Matthew 16:23). Sometimes, we need to help others consider their source; that is where their words, actions, feelings, and motives come from. May God bless your life.

 

©Courtney Henderson 04/30/2022

 

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