When you think of a battle field, who is the most deadly solider in the army? It’s not the biggest or the strongest, but the one who is hidden. It’s snipers. They go through incredibly intensive training and their goal is to be completely hidden from sight. It’s hard to defend yourself against an enemy that you don’t see or hear because you never know where or when he will attack from.
Everyday when we wake-up we enter a battlefield. The enemies we are fighting against are not other people or organizations or even society itself. St. Paul in his letter to Ephesians gives us a very good reminder as to who we are truly fighting against. “For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly place.” (Eph 6:12). The devil and his whole army is the enemy that we face every single day. He is also that hidden enemy. He does not want us to see or hear him, and truthfully he doesn’t even want us to believe that he exists. If the devil is able to convince people that he doesn’t exist they will not see the line of what is good vs what is bad. This is what makes him the most dangerous enemy, because he is so dedicated to staying out of sight and in hiding.
Notice how he never wants to truly show himself to us as he is. He comes in different shapes or forms that will appeal to us, and we may not even suspect that it is him. He knows that if we actually saw him for who he was we would never fall into his traps, so he decided to stay hidden and deceive.
How are we supposed to combat this kind of an enemy? St. Paul continues in his letter: “Therefore take up the whole armour of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything to stand firm.” (Eph 6:13). We, in our human weakness, are not able to take on this enemy on our own. There is a very great comparison in the book of Genesis when we see the difference between how Eve deals with the serpent and how God deals with the serpent. When the serpent approaches Eve she does what many of us tend to do, we converse with it. The devil is slick and clever and he knows that the moment we start conversing he knows exactly what words to say to real us in. God, on the other hand, does not even strike up a conversation. He simply commands. When we put on God’s armour, we have that power to command through Jesus’ name. Any moment of spiritual attack or moment of temptation, put on your God’s armour and COMMAND, and the enemy will flee. The devil has no power over God and he knows that. The minute we bring God’s power and authority onto the battlefield, that hidden enemy is not so hidden anymore.
The next time you enter the battlefield…put on God’s armour first.
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