Don’t fight the wrong enemy.
Recently, I shared these words with a friend of mine who is going through a really tough time in her marriage.
As I listened to her, my heart ached for what she was experiencing and I tried my best to encourage her.
As she shared what was going on, I remembered a fight I was in just a couple of years back where these same 5 words could apply.
How many times does God remind us of something when we are encouraging others?
Often times, when we are going through different situations, we may have mistakenly been fighting the wrong enemy-friends, family, a co-worker, a spouse, etc.
And truth be told, the real enemy wouldn’t have it any other way.
He wants us to get caught up fighting the wrong enemy because it takes the focus off of him.
If you haven’t guessed by now, the real enemy I am talking about is satan himself.
I reminded my friend, and in turn, myself, that he was the ultimate enemy in her situation and not the people involved who she felt was trying to cause discord and strife.
If she got caught fighting the wrong enemy, as I have many times, she could potentially do more damage than good.
I told her not to focus her energy on the other parties involved, but to keep her eyes on the Lord and to fight this spiritual battle with His Word.
Then I shared with her a familiar scripture that came to mind:
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. ~Ephesians 6:12, NLT
When in a fight of any kind, we need to know a number of things, which include, but aren’t limited to:
- What/who we are up against (i.e. evil rulers, authorities of the unseen world, might powers in this dark world and evil spirits in heavenly places)
- How we are to fight (i.e. what weapons to use)
We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. ~2 Cor. 10:3-4, NLT
Whatever battles you may have to face this week, don’t get caught in satan’s evil schemes and traps where he may have you fighting the wrong enemy.
Wage war in the spirit using God’s mighty weapons: the sword of the Spirit, God’s Word, and your worship.