Summary: In order to withstand the enemy, you must know who he is.
September 1, 2005
Text: Ephesians 6:12
Subject: Spiritual Warfare Part 2
Title: Knowing Your Enemy
As I ministered the Word to you last week I began the series on Spiritual Warfare with understanding the strength we have. We are in a continual battle with an unseen enemy and if we are to win out against him we must not try in our own strength.
I have been rereading the Chronicles of Narnia Series of books by C. S. Lewis. The seven books in this series are, on the surface, children’s stories, but they are actually biblical concepts written in allegorical form. In the 3rd book a chapter deals with the hero characters fighting against an invisible enemy. This enemy, though invisible, used real weapons and could inflict real injury or even death. I was not until the heroes confronted the enemy, learned who they were, and took appropriate action to make them visible, could they really take charge of their situation. Once the enemy was revealed they found that they (the enemy) were no match for the power that the heroes had working in them. In order for us to take complete control of our lives and the battle that rages we also have to realize that we have an unseen enemy. But because we have spiritual power through the Holy Spirit and the Word of God that reveals the enemy, there is no tactic to which we must give in.
Today let’s look closely at who our enemy is and how he works in the world.
I. SATAN’S STATUS. In order for us to understand how to win the battle against evil, we have to understand who the enemy is. The apostle Paul calls satan the “god of this world” – god with a little “g”. Does he have any authority on the earth? As he tempted Jesus in the desert he took Jesus up on a high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. Luke 4:6, “and the devil said to Him, “all this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.” The word translated “delivered” can also mean “surrendered”. That’s what Adam did when he sinned. He surrendered the authority as caretaker of the earth over to satan. So satan has power on the earth. It is power that is limited in a sense, because God has ultimate control of the big picture. But even though it is limited it is still broad in its scope. Let’s understand something. satan may be the god of this world, but he is not God. God was in the beginning. satan is a created being. Can the creation ever be greater than the Creator? Turn over to Ezekiel 28, beginning in verse 11. 11Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 12“Son of man, take up a lamentation for the king of Tyre, and say to him, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“You were the seal of perfection,
Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden, the garden of God;
Every precious stone was your covering:
The sardius, topaz, and diamond,
Beryl, onyx, and jasper,
Sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold.
The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes
Was prepared for you on the day you were created.