I pursued my enemies and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
I crushed them so that they could not rise;
they fell beneath my feet.
Psalm 18:37-38

The children of God are always involved in a very special battle. Unlike the wars that we hear about every day in various parts of this wide world, Christians do not have to fight with other human beings. The struggle of the Christians is against the passions that war within themselves. James, the brother of the Lord Jesus described it this way: “What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures. You adulterous people, don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” [1] He also says: “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” [2] The apostle Paul puts it this way: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” [3]

Our enemies are not our fellow believers, not even those who do not believe in God or who believe in false gods. Our enemies are within our own being and also in the spiritual realm. The hardest part of dealing with this situation trying not to make it personal against those who adverse and harass us. They are not who should be the object of our attacks or those against who must make a defense. Behind each of these people there are a lot of spiritual beings of various ranks organized to do battle against us. If we do not know who our enemy really is on the battlefield how can we point our guns against the troops that oppose us? So let us humble ourselves before the Lord and he will exalt us and grant us victory over our real enemies. To God alone be the glory!

[1] James 4:1-4
[2] James 4:7
[3] Ephesians 6:12

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