Fight Club 102b - Know Your Enemy
Last time we talked about the devil's lies and how we should respond to the things we hear. How he goes around running his big mouth through people trying to get a response out of you. Well today we're going to talk more about our enemy's tactics.
You see, your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). Why? He says and does things in an effort to get you to respond. Sometimes all he has to do is show up - just show himself to you just a little bit.
Kind of like an enemy fighter who uses a feint, trying to make you think they're going to do one thing, but they do another - they're trying to get you to react.
That's exactly what the devil does. He wants you to respond or react to what he's saying or doing. He wants to illicit a response out of you.
The deciding factor in what's going to happen next - are you getting ready to have a wrestling match on your hands or are you going to stay on top of it - is how you respond. You will respond (and we'll talk a little more about that later) - but how?
Th enemy wants to pull you into a wrestling match. They want to distract you with it. They want to occupy you with it. They want to wear you out with it. If you're busy wrestling with them or distracted by what they're trying to pull, you can't be as effective in other areas of you life. The mental, emotional, spiritual - and even physical - drain of struggling against them diminishes your ability to serve God and others.
More importantly, your response sets a precedence. Your reaction to the enemy shows them what you will or will not accept. What you will or will not tolerate. What you will or will not do. They act just like a toddler with their parents, a student with their teacher, or a spouse with their mate (the examples go on and on) testing their boundaries and the other person's limits. The enemy wants to see just how far they can push you and just how much they can get away with.
How you respond to everything either keeps you on top or forces you into a potentially prolonged wrestling match with the enemy. And it has either potentially devestating or magnificently terrific results for your faith. Respond appropriately. Respond with the Word of God. Respond in the fruits of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Respond in faith, hope, and love - the most important of which being love (1 Corinthians 13:13). Don't let him distract you. Don't let him trick you. Don't be frightened by what may be said, what may be done, or what you may see. Stay the course. Fight the good fight of faith - not against faith.
Practice the love of God.
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