The Bible says that we have an enemy. Not just any enemy, but one who is specifically against us. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us, “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” He is not powerless. He is not weak. He is hungry and on the prowl ready to attack, kill, and consume.
We face this enemy every day. He has had many years to watch mankind and he knows how we think, how we act, and where we are weak. He knows how to tempt us, distract us, diable us, and seduce us away from God and being faithful.
When I served with YWAM (Youth With a Mission) we were taught about spiritual warfare. That organization believes and teaches that the enemy is very real, is actively seeking to destroy, and that we have power over it. They teach ways to stand up to the enemy, but the first key step is that we have to accept the enemy is real and can do us harm.
Michael, one of the other members of my team, took this a little over the top and daily he went around speaking to the enemy and telling him that we as Christians had power to overcome because of the sacrifice Christ had made for us. Now, while that is true, we have to be careful not to give the enemy more power and recognition in our life than we give to the Lord. By speaking to the enemy and challenging him I believe Michael was only making him madder. So, while Michael did have power and authority over the enemy (the Bible tells us Christ gave us this power and authority), our purpose is to praise and glorify God while standing ready to fight, but we do not need to engage in battle every day. As 1 Peter says, we are to be self-controlled and alert.
The enemy has one purpose. That purpose is made clear in John 10:10. He is out to harm us, and we need to accept that. The joy and hope comes in the second part of the verse where Christ tells us that he also has one purpose, to bring us life!
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
It is time to change our thinking and acknowledge that we have an enemy who is daily trying to trip us up and take us down. It is time to change our thinking and acknowledge that we have a Lord who is daily here to bring us life, life to the full!