Your Enemy Is Not Who You Think It Is

Duane Vander Klok

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
Ephesians 6:12

Scripture tells us that our true enemy is not of flesh and blood. Yet sometimes this really doesn’t make sense. Sometime we get into an argument or fight with our brothers or sisters, mothers or fathers, friends or strangers, and they are obviously in the wrong. Sometimes we are the ones in the wrong. Sometimes accidents happen, and it doesn’t seem like it’s anyone’s fault. Sometimes an act so evil happens, and there’s no way to explain how or why it happened.

You see, Scripture tells us that the true enemy is “the powers of this dark world” and “the evil spiritual forces in the heavenly realms.” The enemy’s goal is to distract us from the reality that he, the Devil, Satan, the Father of Lies is behind it all. He wants us to take the offense against ourselves, or twist us to point fingers at someone other than him.

Yet it’s the moment that we identify him as the true enemy that his power weakens. The anger, frustration, and confusion that build in our heart, mind, and soul have a name behind it: Satan. We can name him in our prayers, command that his stronghold be broken, and begin to extend grace and forgiveness to those who we believe have wronged us.

This week, let’s ask for God to reveal the truth behind every conflict that we may face. Let’s ask for God to forgive our sins and wrongs, and equally extend forgiveness and grace to those who have wronged us. Let’s identify the enemy, and command him to GO in the name of Jesus Christ.