do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts
of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12)
a battle, it is imperative to identify your enemy. If you are not aware of the
point of your attack, you are vulnerable. Paul had many enemies. Some resented
him, others hated him, and others wanted to kill him. Some, who were supposedly
on his side, sought to harm him and his ministry (Acts 9:23; Phil. 1:17; 2 Tim.
1:15;_1 Tim. 1:20; 2 Tim. 4:14). In spite of the persecution he faced, Paul
never lost sight of his real enemy. Paul was wary of Satan. When people
attacked him, he knew they were not his real opponents. They were simply
unwitting instruments of the spiritual forces of darkness.
you meet opposition to your faith, your first reaction may be anger toward your
antagonist. This may divert your attention from the deeper, spiritual
dimensions of your conflict. Your adversary may be hopelessly in to sin. Rather
than retaliating, you should immediately and earnestly intercede for that
person. Your opponent’s hostility is your invitation to become involved in
God’s redemptive work to free him or her from spiritual .
alert to the spiritual warfare around you. It is real and potentially
destructive to you and those you care about. Knowing your real foe will protect
you from bitterness and unforgiveness. Your hope lies in the reality that “He
who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4). Do not
place your hope in humanity, but steadfastly trust in the One who has already
defeated your enemy.