Know Your Enemy!

The devil is not concerned if you become a Christian. He is worried that you might realize your potential once you do.

The Bible states that the devil’s main objective is to steal and kill and destroy (John 10:10). If Jesus’s statement is true, then the devil has declared war on our lives. And if the enemy has declared war on our lives, wouldn’t we want to know his tactics? Absolutely!

Tactic 1: The enemy starts early by using fear: 

I’ve never attended seminary, but I have experienced first-hand what it’s like when two physical forces are at war. Before a physical war is even declared, both forces try to instill fear into their opponent. Why? Fear creates an advantage. I can’t explain this phenomenon, but if you can get your enemy to fear, then the battle is mostly won. Spiritual warfare is no different. Before you are even old enough to declare war on the devil (accept Christ), he is creating an array of fears in your mind. Anyone who has ever raised a toddler can confirm that irrational fears run rampant in a child’s mind. It’s almost like the enemy wants to create multiple layers of fear—even irrational ones—just to keep you from the one thing you should fear most—God. The enemy loses if you fear God, and he makes certain that you have plenty of other fears before you even consider God. Even after adolescence, the enemy maintains his tactics and just re-wires our minds to think of new fears. Here are just a few of our worldly fears:

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If a country fears losing a war, it’s just a matter of time until that country surrenders. If you fear intimacy, it’s just a matter of time until you push everyone away—even God. Fear can be the greatest asset you have, or it can be the chains that keep you in bondage. Fearing God doesn’t mean you become horrified of God, it means that you surrender to His word. Proverbs 1:7 proclaims, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge…” God is the source of knowledge, and the enemy wants to keep you ignorant. The enemy isn’t much concerned that you proclaim there is a God. His priority is to keep you fearful of other things, so you never fear God.

Tactic 2: The enemy will strategically go after your purpose:

The good news is you were made on purpose for a purpose. The bad news is the enemy knows that. If you really want to know your purpose, look at where the enemy has attacked you the most. I would challenge you to examine your life closely and write down those memories where the enemy has sowed a seed of doubt/fear. In Mark 16:15 Jesus told his followers, “Go into the world and preach the Good News to everyone.” Your main calling as a follower of Christ is to spread the gospel. If this is true, you should expect that the majority of the population would fear public speaking. Do they? Yes! More times than not the enemy will attack your purpose very early in your childhood—it’s where you are the most vulnerable. Think of those memories where the enemy has scared you with doubt/fear to the point you never wanted to perform that action again. Please don’t take me wrong. If you have ever been booed off stage because you are a horrible singer, then you are just a horrible singer—that’s not your calling. I’m saying that your calling will be something that you are good at but just not doing for God’s purpose. This world is full of God-given talent, giving hearts, and helping hands. However, the enemy is doing a good job at suppressing purpose.

Tactic 3: The enemy will remind

The human mind is a very complex system. Without notice, the mind can retrieve a memory and change your mood in a matter of seconds. If you said the words “I’m not good enough,” you will generate memories of moments that will validate that thought. Maybe you didn’t make the basketball team, failed at marriage, had sexual relationships in high school, flunked out of college, lost a job, yelled at the kids, or was bullied in school. We all have our moments, and they are stored in our minds. Nevertheless, the accuser (Revelation 12:10) constantly uses past events to remind you that you are not worthy enough to receive love. The Bible tells says, “The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). You must guard your mind with the teachings of Christ to distinguish the enemy’s accusations. He will steal your thoughts, kill the idea that you could be loved, and destroy your purpose for this world.

Conclusion: We need to be born again

The reality is we are born into sin and apart from God. The enemy has free rain over our lives up until we accept Christ; he will jack us up at an early age. Even after we accept Christ, the enemy can still control our minds, if we let him. He must leave at the power of Christ’s name, but he will drop by often. To be born again means that we must die to our old way of thinking—the mind that the enemy helped create. We must learn to fear God and filter our thoughts through the knowledge of Christ.

 

written by: mark bland