Know the Enemy

Military leaders try to learn all they can about the enemy they face in war. They try to discover the enemy’s weaknesses and strengths.
As Christians, we need to know our enemy. Sometimes we think that people who hurt us are our enemies. But our real enemy is the devil. In John 8:44, Jesus told some Jews, “Your father is the devil. You belong to him. You want to do what he wants. He was a murderer from the beginning. He was always against the truth. There is no truth in him. He is like the lies he tells. Yes, the devil is a liar. He is the father of lies.”
In our Bible Reading today, Paul reminded the Ephesian Christians that their fight was “not against people on earth” (verse 12a). He told them they were “fighting against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly places” (verse 12b).
Be careful and watch out for the devil. He is your enemy, and he is strong. Depend on God to help you withstand the devil’s attacks. Stand strong for God and what is right.