Know Your Enemy
Let’s talk about something that some in the body of Christ never seem to discuss or acknowledge is existent…the enemy of our souls, Satan. We must not be deceived, we have an enemy whose aim to kill us, steal from us, and destroy us and what we have (John 10:10).
While Satan is not omnipresent (present everywhere simultaneously), omnipotent (can do all things), or omniscient (know all things), he has imps that he dispatches to do his dirty work and Satan and his imps are always at work.
One of the things he works hard at is to deceive believers into thinking that he does not exist and if he exists, he is powerless. This false notion makes these loved ones defenseless and unguarded, leaving them open to his attacks.
Apostle Paul warns in 2 Corinthians 2:11 that we should not be ignorant of Satan’s devices, lest he has an advantage over us. If ignoring Satan or living life as if he does not exist was harmless, we would not see this warning in scripture.
To win a fight against an opponent, we must know the mode of operation of the opponent. We must know our enemy. Similarly, we must know, Satan the enemy of our soul first to realize when it is Satan that is fighting against us and second how to win these fights.
Here are a few things we must know about our enemy:
He has devices. 2 Corinthians 2:11 – so that we may not be exploited by Satan (for we are not ignorant of his schemes). A device is a scheme, a trick, or a ploy. Satan does not fight clean. By nature, he is deceptive, his objective is to kill.
He’s a thief. If we’re not careful, he will steal the very word that is sown in our hearts. Matthew 13:19 – When anyone hears the word about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches what was sown in his heart; this is the seed sown along the path.
He cannot tell the truth and he’s a murder. He is the father of lies. Every time he opens his mouth, lies come out. (John 8:44 – You people are from your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies.
He’s a deceiver. 2 Corinthians 11:13-13 – For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.
This topic is covered in detail in chapter 1 of THE HIGH CALL OF FORGIVENESS, It’s A Strategy.