He delivered me from my strong enemy and from those who hated me, for they were too mighty for me. They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the LORD was my stay. - Psalm 18:17-18
There was a season when we went through a really hard time in ministry. We felt betrayed by some people, experienced declining health, and were on the verge of financial ruin. David’s description in Psalm 18:4-5 pretty much described how I felt: “the torrents of ungodliness terrified me; the cords of Sheol [the underworld] surrounded me; the snares of death [death of a vision] confronted me.”
It was a helpless feeling until I realized who I was really dealing with. Ephesians 6 tells us that our “struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.” I was surrounded by “spiritual enemies”: despair, doubt, jealousy, pride, critical spirit, and so on. These spiritual enemies had left me in the “slough of despond” as John Bunyan describes it in his classic Pilgrim’s Progress, Chapter 4. There the enemy, Apollyon, comes in for the final blow. But Christian regains his sword and thrusts it up into Apollyon with a fatal blow, declaring, “Rejoice not against me, O my enemy, for when I fall, I shall arise again!” (from Micah 7:8)
Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 says, “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.” Recognizing who the true real enemy is will determine how you fight. Can you label yours?
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