Know Your Enemy
Know Your Enemies!
Know how pervasive and invasive they are and how they work to take you captive through their lies submitted as thoughts to your brain/mind and their temptations, more thoughts, to enter into ungodly and unholy fleshly behaviors. All temptation is designed to get you to live your life independent of God.
We are told to stand against the schemes of the devil (Eph 6:11). Wouldn't it be wise to know, at least in general, about the devil's schemes? We are told that our fight is against spiritual forces of evil in heavenly places - principalities & powers (Eph 6:12). Wouldn't it be helpful to know specifically who the main enemies are and how they attack us so we can be on our guard, ready and able to mount a successful defense against them? How can we carry out God's instructions to us in Ephesians 4:27 to: "give no opportunity to the devil" if we don't know how we are creating an opportunity for him or how he entices us or deceives us into making an opportunity for him?
This is not about knowing Satan's deep dark secrets (Rev 2:24) - that would be inappropriate and wrong. This is about letting Scripture tell us how and where the enemy attacks us so we can be on our guard against his schemes (2 Cor 2:10-11, Eph 6:11; Eph 5:11).
10 Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, 11 so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (2 Cor 2:10-11 ESV)
Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them. (Eph 5:11 ESV)
11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers [principalities], against the authorities [powers], against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. (Eph 6:11-12 ESV)
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 ESV)
And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (2 Corinthians 11:14 ESV)
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. (2 Corinthians 4:4 ESV)
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. (John 10:10 ESV)
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father's desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. (John 8:44 ESV)
And he [Jesus] was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. (Mark 1:13 ESV)
For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain. (1 Thessalonians 3:5 ESV)
And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Revelation 12:9 ESV)
And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. (Revelation 12:10 ESV)
But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ. (2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV)
We will be examining the Scriptures in the pages ahead looking to uncover as much as we can find regarding how our spiritual enemies work at creating strongholds in our lives. If we can take care of the reasons that a stronghold exists - exposing our sins and exposing the lies we have believed, confessing them to our Heavenly Father, renouncing them, and repenting of them then God promises to set us free (1 John 1:9 ESV).