Saturday, December 3, 2011

Do You Know Your Enemy?
Revelation 12:7-11
And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.  And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Sooner or later every Christian realizes that their life, as a believer, is a battlefield.  As a Christian, we face three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the devil. By Christ’s death and resurrection, He overcame the world, the flesh and the devil and we as believer’s fight our enemy from Christ’s victory over death. Christ has already won the battle and we can walk in victory by understanding and applying the truths from the Word of God.
Knowing who our enemy is and recognizing his intentions, is essential.  He is a liar, a murderer, and appears as an angel of light. This enemy has many names: the Devil, Satan, the Dragon and the Serpent. He roams around like a lion, seeking whom he may devour and is called, the god of this world. He is the accuser of the brethren, because he accuses God’s people day and night before the throne of God. His helpers are principalities, powers, rulers, spiritual wickedness in high places and powers of darkness in this world. A spiritual battle is going on in this world and you and I are apart of this battle. When we know this, the important thing to remember is that our battle is not with human beings, but with the Devil. We are waisting our time if we are fighting with people, when we ought to be fighting against Satan.
Satan, our enemy, is strong and we need the power of God to be able to stand against him. No human being is talented enough, knowledgeable enough or powerful enough to withstand the cunning devices of Satan. His plan is to use the world, our external enemy and the flesh, our internal enemy to defeat us. We are fighting this battle in the spiritual realm and need special equipment to fight with. Knowing Christ has already conquered Satan, we have spiritual weapons God has provided us with and by faith we can fight the enemy. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (Romans 8:31).
The first three pieces of armor given in Ephesians 6:14-15, are positional pieces of armor, meaning: they are worn continuously on the battlefield. Since the world is a battlefield, we must put them on permanently. These pieces of armor are a picture of our salvation in Christ. The “Belt of Truth” is what holds us together in truth, a sincere commitment to fight the enemy without hypocrisy. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof (Romans 13:14). To stand firm against the enemy without hesitating or falling is the goal. Since Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life; no one will come to the Father without first coming through Him (John 14:6)...there is no other way.
The “Breastplate of Righteousness” is a distinct attribute or characteristic of God and the chief protection against Satan and his wiles. As we live our lives in faithful obedience to the Lord, it is His righteousness that produces in us an effective daily righteousness which becomes the breastplate of protection. (His righteousness, not ours.) A lack of righteousness/holiness will leave a person vulnerable to the enemy, the greatest enemy of the soul.
To be “Shod with the Gospel of Peace” means: the good news, that, through Christ we as believers are at peace with God. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: (Romans 5:1). A glorious place to be is at peace with God and  knowing He is on our side, He is our confidence and support which enables us to stand firm in the battle against the enemy.
Thought: What peace and joy comes in knowing our Lord has already provided us with armor, positional armor, that is only found in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. If you are trying to fight the battle in your own strength, you will fail. It is only through the power of God that we are able to fight against our greatest enemy, the Devil. Next week we will talk about the last three pieces of armor our Lord has given to us. Until then, walk in Truth, Holiness and in Peace with God.

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