Who’s the enemy?
Pastor Mark Jeske
One of the features of warfare in the 21st century is that a great deal of combat is between fighters who can’t see each other’s faces. Artillery, missiles, drones, and bombs deliver death from great distances, and when on target, the victims never knew what hit them.
You and I are combatants in a spiritual war with forces that we cannot see either. We are caught up in the titanic conflict between Christ and Satan, good and evil, that has been raging ever since Satan’s rebellion and his expulsion from heaven. He and his fallen angels, also called “demons,” “powers,” and “authorities” in Scripture, have access to our lives. They seek to do us physical harm and whisper sweet temptations in our ears that can only cause harm to others and spiritual suicide to ourselves.
St. Paul has this wake-up call for all believers: “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). Our armor is not Kevlar but the Word of God, which can protect our heads and hearts. You aren’t in heaven yet. Don’t dream that your spiritual journey will be easy. Don’t be surprised by wounds and casualties. You are at war.
But you are in an army whose Commander has already dealt the deathblow to your worst enemy.
You have the power to change your world!
The Bible tells the story of how God reformed a misshaped world through Jesus. How you see yourself fitting into that story shapes you. And as you reach out to share that story, it can’t help but shape the world around you!
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