The Weapons of Warfare

Know Your Enemy

When a soldier prepares for war, he has to prepare himself. The most important step he must take before doing anything else is to know his enemy. He must take the time to identify and understand who has made him a hostile target and has hatred enough for him to destroy all that is important to him. We must be prepared if we are going into battle and expect to win. We can't fight against an enemy we don't know or understand. We can't win against an enemy without being prepared.

We have many enemies in this life. If we feel our enemies are at every turn and twist on this road of life, we should study David's journey. David had more enemies than anyone else in the Bible, yet he claimed victory after victory because he knew his enemy and he knew his God. Our main enemy in this world is Satan. We can't blame him for all of our problems, but this devil certainly causes many troubles for us and he hates us with an endless passion. He is the perfect definition of the term "enemy".

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary defines Satan as "contrary; adversary; enemy; accuser". Satan loves to destroy God's children and he will use any means necessary to accomplish this act. He will use our weaknesses against us. He will use our children or other family members to cause friction and animosity in our homes. He will do what he can to destroy our homes. He will use money and material things to consume and distract us. Most of all, he uses our sins against us.

We must understand Satan's sneaky and crafty ways, learn how to fight him, and never stop fighting him.

We can't fight this battle on our own and thankfully, we have a lot of support to help us fight him! God prepares us for the battle through His word and our experiences. Angels are on hand to fight with us. Our Lord and Savior knows what we're up against because he created the angelic being Lucifer, whom we now refer to as "Satan".

Did God create Satan to be our adversary? Did he create Satan to be our enemy who stands before God and reminds Him of every sin we've ever committed, flaunting our inadequacies and imperfections before our creator?

In the beginning, Lucifer was the most beautiful of all the angels. In Ezekiel 28:12 (NKJV), the Lord says to Lucifer, "You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty." Verse 15 tells us "You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created" until sin was found within him.

Before his downfall, Satan was made the ruler and guardian of planet earth with the commission from God to prepare the earth for God's treasured creation--mankind. Lucifer was considered "full of wisdom", but as he prepared the earth for mankind to inhabit, pride consumed his heart. Because of his beauty, wisdom, and stature, he believed he deserved more power than what God gave him. He craved more until it ate away at him and prompted him to take action to obtain more. He desired the same authority as God and wanted to rule earth permanently, with its inhabitants worshiping him. In his attempt to overthrow God, he failed and was flung to the earth with a third of heaven's angels who dared to join him in his rebellion (see Isaiah 14:12-14).

This set of facts identifies our enemy in Satan. He was jealous of God's creation of us. We got in his way. To Satan, we are the annoying little sibling who gets everything--including God's love and adoration. We are the ones getting the best presents, an iPod or the newest released video game, and he hated us for it from the moment we were created.

Satan doesn't play fair. He's been around for 6,000 years. Once we accept Christ as our Savior and become God's child, we tick him off and war is declared against us. He knows every trick and every move that will discourage, defeat, distract, and destroy us. He is a thief in the night. He is the deceiver in the darkness. He is the father of lies (see John 8:44). "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

Satan is difficult to fight because he fights dirty. He has few rules to follow. He makes us easy targets and he knows too well how to find and sometimes create our bullseye. He shoots us with unerring accuracy. "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places" (Ephesians 6:12).

Do not be fooled. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1 Peter 5:8). Satan is a powerful foe, but do not be discouraged, "because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4).

by Pastors Reuben and Dawn Garcia, M.S., True Life Church

Readings: Ezekiel 28:12, 15; Isaiah 14:12-14; John 8:44; John 10:10; Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 5:8; 1 John 4:4

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