I concluded my last post by stating that, “Misidentifying the enemy can be a deadly mistake.” I also said that “there have been many within the community of faith who have been deeply wounded because they have been wrongly identified as the enemy.”
In Ephesians 6: 12, we see the enemy revealed. The enemy is not your spouse, your boss, that problematic employee, or the church member that doesn’t seem to care or the pastor who isn’t perfect. Paul tells us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, and the spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.” The enemy then is non-other than the devil himself and his dark kingdom.
When you and I identify the enemy as another person, we are doing what Satan would have us to do, destroying vital relationships. And Satan is all about broken relationships, especially our relationship with God.
According to 1John 4: 8, God is love. We are also told in the same verse that he who does not love does not know God. Satan’s ultimate goal is to destroy our relationship with God. One tactic of the enemy is to bring division among God’s people. Rather than getting angry with your spouse, join together in the power and might of Christ!
He does not want you to walk in the knowledge of your present position in Christ. As believers in Christ, having yielded to His lordship, we are – according to Ephesians 2: 6, seated with Christ! Where is Christ seated? Ephesians 1: 20-23, tells us that He is at the right hand of the Father!
I encourage you to take a moment and read those verses for yourself and then reflect on the implications of what it means for us to be in Christ. I submit to you that Satan has no power over the believer unless the believer allows it. Claim your identity in Christ and live victoriously!