Our Hidden Enemies
READ: Ephesians 6: 10-13
“For we are not fighting against flesh and body enemies, but . . . against mighty powers in this dark world . . . ” Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)
“For my enemies speak against me; those who wait to kill me conspire against me” (Psalm 71:10 NIV). “O my God, save me from my enemies. Protect me from those who have come to destroy me” (Psalm 59:1 TLB). “O Lord, see how my enemies persecute me! Have mercy and lift me from the gates of death” (Psalm 9:13 NIV).
Numerous psalms refer to the writer’s adversaries, be they individuals or nations. And reading their plaints often lead us in our present day world to consider their words to be less than valid for our lives. Our typical response might be. “I am sure glad that I don’t have to live like that – always afraid that an enemy might strike!
But haven’t we experienced those moments when we feel discomfort? Feeling that we might have been led astray, influenced by some power that has overpowered our conscience and good intentions? Have we not been tempted to satisfy our desires even though we know that our actions are contrary to God’s will?
If we think about it, we do have enemies – a lot of them! They take the form of such ungodly notions (lust, coveting, revenge, lack of forgiveness, gossip). Once we identify these enemies and ask for the assistance in mastering them, we can unleash the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives and attain victory over any of these hidden enemies. For as the Apostle Paul has stated, “I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 HCSB). Amen