Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Who Is My Enemy?
I have family connected by blood, friends connected by heartstrings, and acquaintances connected by circumstance, but enemies?
Nobody is shooting at me, cursing me, or actively blocking my progress, are they? No, not really.
But God thinks they are.
He keeps telling me that He will defend me from enemies as though He assumes I have them.
What am I missing?
I think it is this: My enemy is not a person.
My enemy is blindness.
My enemies are the people and things I bring close enough to block my vision, to distract me from God.
The Lord said to Moses, "When you cross the Jordan, drive out all the inhabitants before you. Destroy their images and idols and demolish their high places. Take possession of the land, for I have given it to you."--Numbers 33: 50-53
The territory I have to conquer is not only physical, it is the ground I have given to an enemy in heart or action.
What habits do I maintain that come from former times? They are my enemies.
What thought patterns placate or distract me? They are my enemies.
What plans and desires derail God in my life? They are my enemies.
Just as I can't know salvation until I know I am a miserable sinner, God cannot destroy my enemy until I acknowledge its identity. And the enemy often comes from within.
God reminds me that I more often embrace my enemy than engage him.
But when I do choose to stand my ground against an enemy, the fight is God's and I am guaranteed victory.
In all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.--Romans 8:37