Week of May 19

Who is Your Enemy?

When George Whitefield arrived in Boston, one of that city’s prominent ministers told him, “I am very sorry to see you come to Boston, Mr. Whitefield.” The great evangelist replied, “So is the devil, sir.”

There is a real enemy at work in our world. He is the same enemy that has been at work throughout the ages. He has sought to bring sorrow, heartache, and havoc to the hearts and minds of God’s greatest saints, but he has not succeeded. Though many have faced extreme difficulty and stress—sometimes to the point of death—all have gained eternal victory because of the life and death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

In his victorious hymn, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, Martin Luther reminds us that though we face a powerful enemy, we will not taste defeat.

And though this world, with devils filled, 
Should threaten to undo us, 
We will not fear, for God hath willed 
His truth to triumph through us.

The Prince of Darkness grim, 
We tremble not for him. 
His rage we can endure; 
For lo, his doom is sure.

One little word shall fell him… 

Let goods and kindred go, 
This mortal life also. 
The body they may kill; 
God’s truth abideth still.

His kingdom is forever.

The first step to defeating your enemy is to know your enemy. Know the truth about him. Also know the truth about his fate: He is a defeated foe!

Your enemy... prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith.
1 Peter 5:8-9

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