“Jesus said to him, ‘Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’ Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.” (Matthew 4:10-11 NIV)
It’s important to recognize the real enemy because “…if all we’re doing is whacking at the nearest, most visible symptoms every time they pop their head up, we’re doing two things: (1) wasting precious time and energy that ought to be reserved and refocused on the real enemy, and (2) trying to fight ferocious spiritual forces by using weapons that don’t faze them in the least— weapons that aren’t even designed to hurt them. So the hits just keep on coming.” (Shirer 43)
I tell you, friend, I have tried a whole lot of stuff to “fix” my problems. Doctors, counselors, food, isolation, writing, yelling, blaming, disengaging, crying. It’s like I’ve been stuck in the ultimate “Whack-a-Mole” competition. And I’ve lost a whole lot of time and effort.
The answer? Jesus. Really, truly, God is the one who can “fix” it all. When we know who our enemy is and what battle we are entering, we know who will win.
About five years ago when I was going through a major depression and thought I was losing my mind, I penned these words on a sticky note:
You lose. We win. And I won’t forget. Ever.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I had my eyes focused on my enemy. I wanted to remember the truth. I even memorized those verses I read them so often. Oh how quickly we can lose perspective in the middle of trials.
So I ask you, friend, what or who have you made your enemy? What battle are you trying to fight? What verses are you going to use to combat the REAL enemy?
I love that Priscilla shared from 2 Chronicles 20. Take a minute and read that chapter. The Israelites did not even have to fight. They just had to stand still—and believe.
You have a real enemy of your faith. It’s time to put pen to paper and write out the prayer that will defeat him!
All quotes not from the Bible are taken from:
Shirer, Priscilla. “Fervent.” B & H Publishing Group, 2015.