Know Your Enemy

One of the tough truths of the Christian life is that we face a very real and extremely dangerous spiritual enemy. The Bible calls our enemy: “… the great dragon … that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world… ” (Revelation 12:9, ESV).

Each name of the enemy gives us some insight about his pernicious character.

As the great dragon, he wants to devour and destroy us.

As the ancient serpent, he desires to turn us from God’s commandments just as he did Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

As the devil, he slanders and accuses us before God.

As Satan, he stands as our adversary.

As the deceiver, he seeks to twist God’s truth and convince us of lies.

Satan is real. He hates God, he hates followers of Christ, and his army of demonic forces is ready to fight against believers each day.

But, though Satan is fierce and formidable, God’s Word gives us a wonderful word of encouragement as we face him: Our enemy can be overcome!

The Bible says, “And they have conquered him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death” (Revelation 12:11, ESV).

Revelation 12:11 is God-given strategy for victory against our enemy.

The authority for victory over Satan is the blood of the Lamb. While the death of Jesus on the cross looked like Satan’s success, it was actually his doom. The shed blood of Jesus crushed the power of sin and Satan.

The activity for victory over Satan is the word of your testimony. By taking your stand with Jesus Christ and openly confessing Him as your Master and Savior, you can appropriate the triumph Jesus won on Calvary.

The attitude for victory over Satan is not loving your life “even unto death.” An inner willingness to die for the sake of following Jesus will empower you to win when Satan assaults you.

Martin Luther, the great theologian of the Reformation, was once asked how he overcame the attacks and discouragement of Satan.

His reply is classic: “When Satan knocks on the door of my heart, and asks, ‘Who lives here?’ the Lord Jesus goes to the door and says, ‘Martin Luther used to live here but he has moved out. Now I live here!’”

Luther concluded, “The Devil, seeing the nail prints in the Lord’s hands and pierced side, takes flight immediately.”

Today, claim your victory as a born-again child of God. Don’t allow Satan’s temptations, discouragements, lies, and traps to defeat you today.

Let Jesus answer the door when the Devil comes knocking, and remember: “He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world” (1 John 4:4, ESV).

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!