The word enemy is defined as one that is antagonistic to another, especially, seeking to injure, overthrow, or confound. There is no question that David faced enemies time after time on multiple fronts. As a shepherd boy he chased off lions and bears. As a young warrior he defeated a giant. As God’s anointed and the King of Israel he ran from men who sought to kill him.
Like David, many of us have faced real life external enemies who seek to destroy, but we can also attest to internal and spiritual battles that wage war for our souls. 1 Peter 2:11 says, “Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.” These sinful desires are a result of the flesh and the presence of spiritual forces that seek to injure, overthrow and confound. Galatians 6:12 tells us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The spiritual realm is real and insidious. 1 Peter 5:8-9 admonishes, “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith.”
Yet praise be to God! We have victory over these enemies through the blood of Jesus Christ! John 16:33 reminds us, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Through His extravagant love, our Lord and Savior not only sustains us, but He prepares a bounty before us. He goes above and beyond what we can imagine, even in the midst of trials, temptation, and spiritual battles. Our enemies surround us; looking on as the story unfolds. They long to attack and accuse but instead God silences their mouths as they watch the Lord himself spreading our table and filling our souls with heaven’s delightful fare. No evil power can comprehend this kind of love, mercy, or grace.
Which of the enemies’ tools produce the most vulnerability in your own life? Is it doubt, fear, anxiety, addiction, co-dependency, anger, sexual immorality, slander, pride, depression, confusion, lies or distractions? Take some time to be honest with God about your struggles. Then thank Him for the forgiveness and provision that He makes available. Praise Him for the bounty that He has set before you and the victory that He has declared through Jesus!
God, forgive me, cleanse me and free me from the chains that the enemy desires to use to distract me. The battle has been won. Yours is the victory, now and forever. AMEN!