Matt Garrison • Pastor of Student Ministries & Global Outreach
We Have an Enemy!
Monday: The Enemy
Genesis 3:13; 1 Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:12
Have you ever disobeyed your parents when you were younger? I would say most of us have at one point or another. I know I did. What was your response when they asked, “Why?” Did you ever use the excuse “the devil made me do it?” This week we are going to talk about our real enemy so we can know what we are up against and learn how we can defend ourselves. The Bible calls him “Satan” or “Devil.” These names have significant meaning. Satan: adversary, one who plots against; and Devil: accuser or slanderer. Our enemy is plotting how he can destroy us and slander us before God. How does that make you feel?
For Today: Know we have an enemy/adversary, but, rest assured, greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)
Tuesday: The Battleground
Genesis 3:1-6; John 8:44
Our enemy’s tactics haven’t changed much through the centuries. He is bent on our destruction. The Scripture today is about how humanity chooses to disobey God. Satan tempted Eve in a way that he still uses to tempt us today. He loves to take God’s Word and twist it. “Did God really say…?” Then, in our minds, we begin to think maybe God didn’t mean this or that. We then give in to temptation and sin. The consequences can sometimes be very drastic and earth-shattering for us, which is what the enemy wanted all along.
For Today: Ask yourself, “Am I listening to the voices of the enemy or do I trust the Heart of Jesus?”
1 Peter 5:9-10; James 4:7-8
Our enemy is powerful. However, he is not all-powerful like our God! Today’s Scriptures tells us how to overcome the enemy. We can resist him. We don’t have to buy into his lies. When we are tempted to disobey God we can run, we can say no! However, will we say no? I love the verse found in 1 Peter 2:24 from the NLT “He personally carried our sins in His body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By His wounds you are healed.” We are dead to sin, to the voices of the enemy. If we allow God to work in our lives we can resist the enemy!
For Today: Know you have the power, through the Spirit, to resist the enemy and say “No!” to him. We can have victory over the enemy!
Thursday: A Kingdom Divided Against Itself
As a follower of Jesus our enemy is Satan, or the devil. One of the tactics he likes to use is to get followers of Jesus to fight against each other. The verse today lets us know that our enemy is not flesh and blood, meaning other people. When we disagree with someone doctrinally, theologically, etc., they are not our enemy. Why does Satan like to make us think they are? Look at John 13:35. Jesus was speaking to His disciples and to us and said, “your love for one another will prove to the world that you are My disciples.” If our love for each other shows the world that we follow Jesus and will draw people to Him, what happens when we fight against each other? We play right into the enemy’s hand. The world is turned off to Jesus when this happens.
For Today: May God help us show authentic love to everyone.
Friday: Listening to God’s Voice
There was an event that took place in the history of God’s people during the period known as the Judges. Gideon was one of these judges. When we meet him, he is timid and doesn’t feel qualified for God to use him. The Lord even calls him a “mighty” warrior and he doesn’t even acknowledge it. He has listened to the enemy’s voice for so long that he doesn’t see himself the way God sees him. How about us? We have an enemy who wants to destroy our ability to see ourselves the way God sees us. Do we know that we are made in the image of God? Do we see ourselves the way God sees us? God wants us to listen to His voice and know we are made in His image.
For Today: Ask yourself, “Will I listen to God’s voice or to my enemy’s?”