The Enemy’s Goal

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

1 Peter 5:8

In a war in which two rival factions face, the goal of each is to defeat its enemy. Each army set strategies in order to achieve their goal. And the battles are always fought each tries to make the most damage to the enemy until it can beat it. In the spiritual world we have a clearly defined enemy, the devil, whose purpose is to make us the most damage to beat us.

I know there are people who do not want to hear them talk about the spiritual enemy. There are even those who refuse to accept that our adversary exists. But believe it or not, the spiritual world does exist and, on one side is God and the other the devil and all his wickedness. We must acquire knowledge of Scripture to know our enemy defend his attacks and emerge triumphant.

The Bible clearly describes our enemy and his objectives. In John 10:10 we read: The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. Like a thief, Luke 8:12 tells us what he wants to steal: Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. We cannot live ignoring that we have an enemy who wants to steal, kill and destroy in order to prevent our salvation.

Ephesians 6:11-12 tells us what we should do about it: Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 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. In this spiritual war we must be trained and equipped to defeat the enemy.

Ignore that we are in a spiritual war is to ignore the Word. In Revelation 12:17 we read: And the dragon was enraged with the woman, and he went to make war with the rest of her offspring, who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. Our enemy is furious with each of those who leave the world and come to Christ. That’s why he makes war without quarter. And that is why we must be vigilant against his attacks.

Yes we have an enemy, but not to frighten us and let us run, but to be alert and aware of what we have to do. James 4:7 gives a clue to overcome: Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. We need not fear the enemy because God is more powerful than him and He is with us. And when the enemy wants to deceive you with lies remembering your past sin, remind him what his future. Revelation 20:10 says: The devil, who deceived them, was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are. And they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. God bless you


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