Know Your Enemy

For we 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

This week we are going to look at what it means to know our enemy and what we need to do in order to prevent him from getting us off track.

Firstly, we need to remember who the devil is. The Bible calls him a liar, a thief and the accuser of the brethren. We need to be on the lookout for these tactics that he uses to attack us. If we can recognise these attacks for what they are it allows us to discern true danger and respond in the correct way.

In line with how we respond is knowing what tools to use. We must know the tools we can use to fight our battles. The weapons at our disposal include the blood of Jesus, the name of Jesus, the Word, and the empowering of the Holy Spirit. If we can use these correctly, it will allow us to effectively fight against any attack.

Finally, we need to be constantly training ourselves in the ways of God by being in an intimate relationship with him. This way, we will develop ‘muscle memory’ and always be ready to face any attack without even needing to think.

Reflection:
– What tactics does the enemy use to attack you in your personal life?
– How can you better use the weapons available to you in order to fight against the enemy?
– How can you develop ‘muscle memory’ in your life?