THE THREE GREAT ENEMIES

Scripture Reading:  Ephesians 6:10-20

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.”  (Ephesians 6:10)

Many Christians live defeated lives because they fail to understand that the Christian life on this earth involves warfare.  Theologians call the Church on this earth “the Church Militant.”  We are on the battlefield every day of our lives.  We are engaged in spiritual warfare.  Therefore we must constantly be on guard and we must actively prepare to fight the enemy.

The enemy attacks us on three fronts — the world, the flesh and the devil.  The world is that evil system that stands in opposition against God and against His people.  It is the environment that brings out the worst of fallen human nature.  Therefore we are told — “Do not love the world or the things in the world.  If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him”  (I John 5:15).

The flesh refers to the sinful nature of all human beings.  It is always at odds with the Spirit who dwells within us — “For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do” (Galatians 5:17).

And, of course, there is the devil.  Satan is a fallen angel with great power, who stands in opposition against God.  He is a very subtle enemy and therefore we must never underestimate his destructive ways and deceptive strategies — “And no wonder, for even Satan distinguishes himself as an angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:14).  We must always remember this sober warning — “Be sober minded, be watchful.  Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (I Peter 5:8).

With three such formidable enemies attacking us each day, we must “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might”  We must realize that apart from Christ we can accomplish nothing at all (John 15:5).  He is our Warrior King.  He is our Defender, who leads the armies of heaven into battle (Revelation 19:11-16).  We must trust Him fully and rely upon His strength to give us victory over our enemies.

Lord Jesus, prepare me for the battlefield today.  Let me find my strength in You.  I will easily be defeated without Your presence and power in my life.  I am weak but You are strong.  I know You are fighting for me.  Help me to be sober minded today as I face the great enemies who want to defeat me and to destroy my faith.

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