I have long been engaged in a battle. Yes, a battle. One that is not of flesh and blood, but something far bigger. It’s taken me 34 years (essentially) to really completely understand the adversary, and I am still learning his tactics. Like an eternal chess game, there are moves, and counter moves. Sometimes my adversary likes to call “check mate” before it’s time as an intimidation tactic. But it’s far from over.
For far too long I have feared, and sometimes given into this adversary. He has the ability to be quite persuasive at times. Thankfully, my perspective is starting to change. Not only am I learning to fear him less, but I am learning that I am just as much an adversary as he is.
Yep. I am his enemy.
That realization alone, is a major game changer. It takes me out of the victim role into a worthy opponent. It gives me an edge. And because of the cross, it means I’ve already won.
We hear the word enemy, and most likely think of someone who is bad. Evil. Wrong.
But the enemy of our soul looks at it much differently. To him, God is the enemy. And because I am a child of God, I am too. To him, I am dangerous. Why? Because I hold the key. I don’t have to be evil or bad to be an enemy to the enemy. All I need is to contain something he will never have or be. Something he doesn’t want out there. Truth.
Some of you might remember the movie “Enemy Of The State” with Will Smith and Gene Hackman. There is a scene on the top of the building and Will Smith’s Character is asking why they are after him. He was unknowingly given something that held information that the government didn’t want to get out. A murder that had been captured on video. The truth.
Robert Clayton Dean: Why are they after me?
Brill: You have something they want.
Robert Clayton Dean: I don’t have anything.
Brill: Maybe you do and you don’t know it.
Robert Dean was considered an enemy of the state because he possessed a truth that could bring it down. He was hunted down because of it. He lost people he loved because of it.
THE enemy, Satan is after me, and he is after you. Believers have become an enemy of his state because we hold the key. We possess the Truth of what God did for each and every individual. We hold the Truth about what the power of God’s love can do. It can cover a multitude of sins and it can heal the most broken hearts. He knows what we possess is dangerous to his agenda and He will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out.
In Lisa Bevere’s book “Girls with Swords”, she talks about how the Satan is not afraid of who we were. He is afraid of who we will become. He is afraid of what we have and how we will use it.
He knows our potential better than we do.
that each person is created by God with a purpose.
that the light of Christ in us wipes out darkness
that God’s love through us has the power to conquer hate and indifference
that God has given his creation the direct access to power through CHRIST
that he has already been defeated
That’s what I like to call dangerous intel.
Because of this intel, he will throw everything he can at us: Hate, pride, racism, self-reliance, fear and a whole host of other things.
Ironically, just like in the movie scene where Dean didn’t know he HAD all the power in his grasp, many of us believers don’t know or we forget that we have the power of God right in our grasp. I know this, because I have been guilty of this myself, for far too long. We allow ourselves to be bullied and convinced to fear something that we have the power to change.
Through Christ, and only through Him, we have the power…
to love all people of all races, religions and orientations
to pray for and bring healing to the sick
to bind up the brokenhearted
to proclaim freedom for the captives
to release from darkness for the prisoners
to comfort all who mourn
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. (Isaiah 61)
It’s time for us as believers (myself included), to be reminded of the truth that we possess in Jesus. It’s time to share this truth with everyone we can. It’s time to throw off shame and condemnation so that we can help free up others. It’s time that we understand our role as a worthy opponent because of who is in us.
It’s time… to become “an enemy of the state.”
“For 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.”
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.”
“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us,who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
“For your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”