We shake our heads, and tut tut at the pictures and stories we read about stripped store aisles of toilet paper, disinfectant wipes and water, the long line-ups well before the stores open, the impatience of shoppers to buy those things they think they may need in this current crisis all because of fear, a fear that inclines some to panic. Where does this fear come from? Certain fears are healthy; other fears drive some to do things we would have thought unthinkable only a few weeks ago. We have an enemy that drives those fears.
An enemy is defined by Webster’s Dictionary as “one that is antagonistic to another especially one seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound an opponent, something harmful or deadly, a military adversary or a hostile unit or force”. The enemy described in parts of this definition we encounter occasionally but we also do have an enemy that assails us daily. How well do we know this enemy? Do we know his strengths, his weaknesses and his modus operandi? Are we aware that we can defeat him? Do we even believe that such an enemy exists?
He speaks with a language of his own since almost the beginning of time. He was present in the Garden of Eden, throughout history and speaks the same language at this very moment. He speaks in the language of lies and half truths. He is that voice that tells us that we are failures, that we are not loveable. In society he influences ideals, goals, education, commerce, false religion and thoughts. He is the ruler of this world even as God is Sovereign over it. Much of what is wrong in this world is a result of his rule. He influences every area of life if we allow him to. He accuses us through whispers in our ears and is bold enough to accuse us before our heavenly Father.
To defeat this enemy we first need to believe that he exists. Jesus knew and knows he exists and teaches us to employ the same resources against him that He did. When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness after His baptism, satan used only the parts of scripture that advanced his objective. Jesus countered with the whole of scripture. We can do the same but we do need to know the Word. We have the armour (Ephesians 6:10-18) and we need to put it on daily. We need to pray to recognize the lies that we are told by this enemy. We can defeat him but we do need to know who he is and how he operates. Ephesians 6:12 tells us that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms”. Because he is a spiritual enemy his defeat comes through the spiritual power of God’s Word.
He is a defeated enemy but continues to spread his snares to those who are unaware of how he works. Don’t fear the lies but know the truth. We have the armour, we have the One who has fought the battle for us. AND we have the Manual, His instructions on how to fight this war. There is God, and there is satan. We need to choose one or the other as there is no neutral ground. Choose wisely.