Knowing Your Enemy
The enemy, called “addiction,” wrecks havoc in the lives of men and women, sometimes destroying their very being. If only they knew this about their enemy: that 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 consume 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. A spiritual battle is raging against the addicted and Christians need to know the enemy in order to help those battling addiction to triumph in Christ.
The important thing to remember is that the battle is not with human beings, or those suffering with substance abuse. The battle is with the Devil. We are wasting our time if we are fighting with people, when we ought to be fighting against the lies of Satan. No human alive is powerful enough to withstand the cunning devices Satan uses against them. His plan is to manipulate the world, an external enemy and control the flesh, an internal enemy, to defeat as many as he can. Christ has already conquered Satan and has provided us with weaponry which we can use to fight against the enemy. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31b). What peace and joy comes in knowing the Lord has already provided us with the “Whole Armor of God”. If we are trying to fight the battle in our own strength, we will fail. It is only through the power of God that we are able to fight against our greatest enemy, the Devil.
Sooner or later every Christian will realize that their life is a spiritual battlefield. As believer’s, we face three enemies: the world, the flesh, and the Devil. By Christ’s death and resurrection, He conquered these three enemies. We fight our enemy from Christ’s triumphant 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 (I John 2:15-17).
Prayer: Lord, I know the battle is Yours, help me to fight in Your strength and with Your armor on daily.