Who Is Your Enemy?
Have you ever been in a situation that had a terrible outcome with someone, and you just end up having this built up bitterness?
This has seemed to be an endless cycle for me lately that I can’t quite seem to shake. It took a rude awakening for me to finally snap out of it and see that this person who I had so much bitterness towards was not my enemy; but Satan was the one the entire time.
This cycle consisted of bitterness against this person, but also self-hatred towards myself where insecurity arose like never before in my life. I started to believe all these lies about myself that I had never struggled with before. One day I remember waking up and thinking “what a shame for the enemy to believe more about me than I do”. Meaning, the enemy knows my worth in The Lord, and therefore he will do anything in his power to make me feel so incredibly small, and thus incapable of fulfilling my calling.
The enemy is going to make you shrink back and feel insecure so you don’t step up to the plate and fight the battle we are called to fight every single day. The enemy was not who I made myself believe it to be, but instead, the enemy was Satan who is the master deceiver.
I was constantly trying to fix my bitterness by “natural” methods, meaning that I was not viewing this situation as a supernatural fight. Anything natural, can not take care of the supernatural.
In Ephesians 6: 10-13, it says, “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
When I was reading this, the Lord reminded me that there is always something you can’t see that is influencing what you can see. We have to pull back the curtain and use the weapons that we have been equipped with, which is the armor of God.
The enemy is CONSTANTLY scheming against you because the enemy knows your weaknesses. We have to fight daily and take up the Sword of the Spirit with the boldness and confidence that our fight has already been won! By seeking the Lord and praying, we can unlock the resources of Heaven. Prayer pushes the kingdom of darkness back and allows for righteousness to be seen.
The enemy loves using anything and everything against us that he can, in fact,
Righteousness is right side-up living that cultivates an environment for God’s spirit to come and dwell, adversely, unrighteousness is upside down- living which is invitation enough for the enemy to come.
My challenge to you - Make holiness your breastplate.
When we pursue holiness we will have a new set of eyes. If things in your life, are not in line enough with the Holy Spirit, the Lord has the power to, and will sever them for us.
We live in a society as believers where we sacrifice holiness in order to impress people. Be who you are in the light, and in the dark as well.
Pursue righteousness and holiness and fight the enemy by believing the Word of God, that you are MADE to be in Christ.
Kathryn // @theycallme_kg