Identifying the Enemy
Chaplain Bertram Bobb
The Christian is in a battle. In Ephesians Chapter 6 verse 12 we notice the word “against” is used five times. There is something we are against, and someone who is against us. It is unhealthy to believe that there is no conflict in the Christian life because there is. There is a war between the flesh and the Spirit indwelling in our life.
It is important for us to know that something about our enemy. Nobody ever goes to war without learning all he can about the one he fights against.
Satan is our enemy and we are his enemy. We are in a battle and we need to be well armed for the battle. How do we begin?
First, we need to identify the enemy we are fighting. We read in Job 1:6: “And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence cometh thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, from going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.”
Here we see a picture of Satan walking all over the earth doing this work. He is real and he is the enemy.
And Satan is very clever. He hides in unbelievable places, he hides in religion, he hides in poetry, and in art and music.
He is the bitterest enemy of God and His people, the Christians. If you go through the Bible and underline the names of Satan you will find out a lot about him.
He is called the Deceiver. He is called the Murderer. He is called the Tempter. He is called the Destroyer. He is given the names Apollyon, which is meant to destroy, the Beelzebub, the Serpent, the Liar, the Accuser of the Brethren, the Prince, the Evil One. He goes about as a lion. One passage says he is like an angel of light.
Isn’t it interesting that Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 6:10 are addressed to the brethren: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and the power of His might.”
This is not a war by the Apostles, it is not a war for the Pastors, and this is a war for the brethren.
That’s you and me, all of us who are Christians. Every one of us is involved in the battle. The enemy lines have been clearly drawn; it’s the Lord and the brethren against Satan and the demons. And the battle goes on every day in your heart and in your life and in mine.
In Ephesians 6:11 the enemy is identified as the devil and in Ephesians 6:16 as the wicked one. We are fighting against the wiles of the devil and the darts of the wicked ones.
Ever since Adam and Eve he continues his same attack. Everything about him and everything about his personality is wrapped up in that one thought.
One of the reasons why we don’t do anything about putting on the whole armor is because we don’t have any respect for the enemy.
We have not learned to understand that this one with whom we have to do is the second most powerful person in the universe, subject only to God, and he has power to destroy. How powerful is he?
The Bible says that men are held captive by the power of Satan, until delivered from it by the power of the Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ.
In II Corinthians 4:3-4 we read: “But if our gospel be hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of the world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Originally, Satan was different. You may wonder where did Satan come from. Strange as it may be, he came from Heaven. He was God’s cherished creation. In Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 you will read about these beginning days of Satan before he became Satan. Isaiah 14 calls him Lucifer, the son of Morning, the Shining One, or the Day Star.
Ezekiel 28 calls him the anointed cherub. Ezekiel 28:11-19 reveals Satan as he was in person, position and power with God. In one place in that passage, it says he was perfect in beauty and in all his ways full of wisdom, gifted with marvelous intelligence and glorious in holiness. What happened?
How did Satan cease to be Lucifer the Son of the Morning and become Satan the traitor against God?
The Bible says in Ezekiel 28, that “he lifted up his heart with pride.” And pride led to self-exaltation that ended in rebellion. And we read about it in Isaiah 14:12-14 saying: “How art thou fallen from Heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into Heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God, I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the most high.”
When those words came out of Lucifer’s mouth, sin began and he was cast out of Heaven, he was brought down to Hell.
I don’t understand all about this. I do believe that God gave to His angels the free will that he gave to us, and that they worship Him before His throne even to this day because they chose to do so.
The first sin that was ever committed was the sin of pride, so the next time we get proud we should remind ourselves that we are satanic in nature because pride is of Satan.
Now ever since Satan was thrown out of Heaven, he has organized rebellion against God. He is angry, he has the system that would gather his personal pride and hatred toward God and everything that is associated with God. That is the enemy.
You can have victory today when you trust Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior by faith. How do you do this? Realize who God is. Realize what He has done. He has sent His only begotten Son to pay the penalty for sin. (John 3:16) Then realize who you are. Agree with God that you are a sinner and receive Jesus Christ as your savior. Will you do that? (Romans 3:23)
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