“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.” – Ephesians 6:12
It is true our nation (The United States of America) has many enemies. There are other nations and people groups who would like nothing more than to see us fall from our place of prestige and power within the world. Although it is right to understand these people as our enemies (and according to Jesus, people for whom we should pray!), if we only understand “enemy” in this way, we will become drastically sidetracked and will become easy prey for our biggest enemy.
Paul holds no punches as he presents the true adversary to the Ephesian Church and to us. Your enemy is none other than the devil himself. In fact all the authorities and rulers of the hidden realm who reject God also reject you.
In his book “Perelandra” C.S. Lewis shows us this kind of evil. Weston (who is the Satan character on Perelandra) is pictured walking up and down the beautiful seashore ripping the spines from frog-like creatures for no other reason than because they were perfectly created by God. The devil hates what God calls good. If you are in Christ, God calls you good!
Because God has declared you to be good, the devil now hates you and has made you his enemy. He has you in his sites and searches for the right opportunity to attack and destroy you. The Apostle Peter tells us the devil prowls around like a roaring lion awaiting someone to devour.
We have a real and present enemy in the devil. He hates you because Christ has made you perfect. He hates you because Jesus’ righteous blood covers you and makes you righteous. He hates you . . . because God loves you! And this hatred causes him to rear his ugly head through temptations, doubt, fear and opportunities to sin.
Remember to stand firm against these attacks. You can do this, but only in the strength of Jesus Christ! In Christ, the devil cannot touch you!
“Lord, keep us steadfast in Your Word;
Curb those who by deceit or sword
Would wrest the kingdom from Your Son
And bring to naught all He has done.”
(Lutheran Service Book, 655)