Know the Truth-Know Your Enemy
I believe there are four “knows” that lead to spiritual maturity and freedom in Christ. This study will be divided into four segments:
1.Know Who You Are In Christ
2.Know TheFather Intimately
3.Know Your Enemy
John had served our country with pride during the Persian Gulf War as an Apache helicoper pilot. I asked him one day in preparation to write about our enemy, the devil, if it was part of his training in the army to know the enemy. He explained how important it was to know the enemy. As a pilot, he studied thick manuals with intelligence information about the enemy and his weapons, tactics, and strategies. If more intelligence is gathered, they had to learn that too. Knowing the Iraqis most certainly shortened the war. The surgical air strikes were possible because of the information they had gathered and applied to our battle plan. I remember watching the films taken from above as they hit their target with pin point accuracy. The soldiers studied their enemy and led our country to victory in an amazingly short war.
The analogy to the Christian life is striking. We too would shorten our battle with our enemy if we just knew his tactics. He has battle plans that are tried and true. Actually, he is not very creative. He pulls the same tricks out of his bag because they work. We fall for them repeatedly. Most of us stumble around on the battlefield with our armor hanging off. We are so oblivious that we do not even know there is a war going on. Our enemy knows that he cannot change your citizenship (heavenly citizenship), but he can take us captive as prisoners of war. He seeks the glory that only God deserves and that he will never get; therefore, he attacks God’s character by enticing us to sin. When we do not stand in the battle and surrender; repeatedly, we become his prisoners. We are casualties of war- Spiritual war.
Remember this – we have already won. The ultimate victory is ours. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus – who loves us