Daily Devotional – 10/20/15 “Do you know your enemy?”

I am not big on sports however I would assume that before any team takes on an opponent, they study them first. They study them in an effort to assess their strengths and weaknesses, to see what moves they usually make to try to win and in order to be able to defeat them when it comes time to play. I would imagine this is the same for boxing as it would be beneficial, in my opinion, to study your opponent before stepping in a ring with him or her. Then you can know what hand is their dominant hand, what steps they make to avoid being hit and their signature moves that have proved successful in the pass to weaken or to knock out their opponent. You study your opponent to get the upper hand. Why did I share all of this? Well, because as Saints of God we’ve been slacking on our jobs. We’ve been allowing the enemy to knock us down on our posts, count us out in our assignments and deem us unfit for harvesting all because we don’t know who were up against. Yea, Saints of God; we are losing because we don’t study our opponent, the devil.

I know you are used to what folk call him but who do you know him to be? I know you are comfortable with who grandma told you he was but have you studied him for yourself? How can you defeat someone if you don’t know what he looks like? 2 Corinthians 11:14 say he disguises himself as an angel of light. 1 Peter 5:8 say he prowls like a roaring lion. Mark 4:15 say he’s a taker of God’s word. But how would you know this, if you didn’t study? This is why you need to get to know who your enemy is in order to properly defeat him. Once you know who he is, James 4:7 say submit yourself to God and then resist the enemy. Ephesians 6:11 say put on the full armor of God and get ready and then 1 Peter 5:8 (again) say stay sober and alert. Oh, another way to defeat the enemy, forgive folk who hurt you. Don’t believe me? Read 2 Corinthians 2:10-11. Baby, don’t you know when you hold on to hurt and anger, the enemy uses that to creep into your life. Don’t take me at my word but Ephesians 4:27 say, “For anger gives a foothold to the devil.” This is why we have to know our enemy. What’s the point of going into battle without first having a strategy of defeat? We, as Saints of God, can defeat the enemy; we just need to know him or who he uses! Do you know your enemy?

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