A few weeks ago I was sweeping the kitchen floor – just the simplicity of that task soothed my funky, post-vacation soul that morning. And as He does, He spoke to me – I told you about that here. As I swept this thought came to me:
To know how to fight one must know who or what they are fighting – one must identify the enemy.
Ask any soldier. To achieve victory know who you are fighting and fight accordingly.
Women especially have been facing this age-old battle since the Garden.
Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden? Genesis 3.1
Back to the broom.
It was obvious I was in a battle and I was determined to identify my enemy in order for me to be appropriately armed.
For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6.12
The enemy of our soul is Satan himself. HE IS THE ENEMY. But he is cunning and wily. He uses good things like fruit and fun to lure us and then we are soul-slain and pitiful.
I had to identify the bait.
And, there it was, as plain as the dust bunnies on the floor. Once I took the time to I.D. the problem? It was as plain to see as the sun now streaming in the windows.
Discontentment. You have visited me before and I allowed you rites far too long. This time your stay will be short-lived because I know the rules of engagement this go-round.
Do the next thing.
Live in the present.
I swept the fuzz and dirt into the dustpan and began the mental image of dressing in God’s armor – this works every time!
Stand your ground, putting on the belt of Truth and the body armor [breastplate] of righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet and take the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Ephesians 6.14-17
I was able to identify my enemy and engage the right weaponry! Here is a list of some of the enemies of soul to watch for:
God furnishes the Weapons in His Word – it is “the standing our ground” that takes real effort and intentionality. We need reinforcements, friends who will pray and hold up our arms in battle – don’t expect to win the battle alone – the Body of Christ is our army battalion to come alongside, standing and fighting for us. Don’t try to be that lone soldier and don’t be afraid to step out and say something to a sister in trouble. Truth, in love, is never a wrong thing. Never.
So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband WHO WAS WITH HER, and he ate it, too. Genesis 3.6
Just think! If Adam had spoken Truth, in love, that day in the garden? We wouldn’t be in the mess we are today!
Let’s be vigilant with one another. Let’s look out for one another. We are in this together.
If you are suffering? Tell someone.
If you see someone sinking? Go put some feet to faith and say something – love them with TRUTH. You may just save their life. (This isn’t judging them it is saving them!)
Let’s stop sleeping with the enemy – let’s kick him OUT!