The Real Fight

The Real Fight

Christian, your enemy is not the world.
Your enemy is not unbelievers or atheists.
Your enemy is not "liberals" squeezing God out of your schools.
Your enemy is not other religions.
Those might be in opposition to you.
But they are not what you should be mostly concerned about.

Paul said it this way in his letter to the church in Ephesus; "For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."

Point one: Our fight isn't against other humans, human institutions, etc.
Point two: Our fight is against the devil and his demons and his power.

But it's not just enough to know our real enemy.
We need to be aware of what our enemy is after.
What is he aiming for? What is he trying to overtake?

There is this fascinating interaction recorded in the Luke 22. Jesus turns to Peter and says; “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat..."

Huh? What does that mean?

The clue is in the next sentence. 
Jesus says to Peter, "but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."

Satan is not ultimately after your finances, your career, your health, etc.
Satan is not ultimately out to tear down your Christian sub-culture.

Want to know the target he is aiming for?
Want to know what to protect and fight for the most?
It's your faith. Your faith in Jesus. Your trust and rest in the Gospel.
Satan is ultimately and decisvely after your faith!

The Christian life, as Paul said, is a "fight of faith".
We have to fight to keep it.
We have to fight to grow it.
We have to fight to use it. 

Which means we have to fight to rest when we're tempted to earn.
We have to fight to believe when we're tempted to doubt.
We have to fight to be hopeful when we're tempted to be cynical.
We have to fight to be at peace when we're tempted to be anxious.
We have to fight to wait when we're tempted to rush.

This isn't abstract stuff. It's real. It's practical.

Don't get distracted with the wrong enemy.
Your faith is precious - and it's also open to attacks.
Be on guard. Be in God's Word. Be around God's people.
As your faith increases so will your joy and rest!