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.
In the year 331 BC, Alexander the Great met Cyrus III in an epic battle. The small army of Alexander was no match against the mighty army of Cyrus in terms of strength and number. In order to win the battle, Alexander had only one option. He had to attack Cyrus head-on to win the battle. Knowing the intention of Alexander, Cyrus placed himself at the back of His army. On the other hand, Alexander led the battle in the front. Alexander's forces kept their eye on Cyrus. They did not want to fight with ordinary soldiers. They dashed toward Cyrus and created a wedge in the Persian army. As Alexander came close to Cyrus, he fled the battlefield to save his life. Alexander’s small army won the battle.
Alexander knew who his enemy is. He doesn’t want to waste his time in the battle fighting ordinary foot soldiers. He knew his enemy well and focused on attacking only Cyrus. The Persian Empire ended with Cyrus and the new Greek empire started with Alexander.
Who is the enemy?
We also have many battles in our life. In some battles, we do not realize who is our enemy. We often identify and frame a human enemy in our minds for our disappointment. That human could be our close friend, colleague, relative, or even our family member. We don’t realize Satan brings in discouragement, feeling of worthlessness, hopelessness, and depression. The thoughts of evil desires of lust, relationship issues, and temptations come from satan. He plants the seeds of temptation. He always looks for an opportunity to make us discouraged, dissatisfied, and disappointed in life. He constantly keeps on reminding the past hurt. So that your wound will never get healed. Satan’s goal is to separate our life from God.
We need to identify the enemy, so we can focus our effort on the right spot. The Bible says Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Yes, dear friend, satan looks for opportunities to derail our life. He constantly tempts us and entangles our life in one or the other obsession.
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How to fight our enemy?
Dear friend, when you are tempted next time realize and understand who is tempting you. You may feel you are already obsessed with a habit. But do you really want to stay obsessive? You may feel you can not come out of cyclic repeating thoughts and depressed feeling. There is some good news for you. Jesus has already paid the price for you. Jesus said, Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Jesus can free you from your past. He has already won the battle against satan. He wants to embrace you and show you how much he loves you. His nail-pierced hands can touch you and fill your heart with heavenly peace. Are you ready to receive it today? Are you ready to conquer your enemy? Jesus is waiting for you. Shall we pray?
Dear Jesus, I failed to realize who is my enemy. I did not see satan fighting against me behind the scene. You have won all the battles for me on the cross. Please help me. Wash me with your precious blood once again. Change my life. Brake all my obsession. Heal my relationship. Heal me from sickness. Jesus comes into my heart. Help me to be victorious. I surrender my life to you. Change me. Make me as your own child. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Dear friend, continue to seek Jesus. Follow him with all your heart. May God bless you and make you a blessing for many.