There is an enemy and there is the enemy. Yesterday, we started this series by looking at ‘who is an enemy?’. We want to proceed further to discuss on ‘who is the enemy?’. Without any disregard or disrespect for non-Christians, I will be making references to the Bible to underscore my points.
As we discussed yesterday ‘An enemy is someone who hates, attacks, persecutes unjustly, antagonises, or works wilfully against the progress of another.’ An enemy is however different from ‘the enemy’. The enemy is the real enemy and is the Devil, Lucifer, Satan, or whichever name you call him. The devil is the one actually planting the seed of hatred and wickedness in the hearts of those you perceive as your enemies.
The devil has his own Kingdom, his own angels (demons), his minions in forms of principalities, powers, territorial spirits. He deploys all these agents all over the world to set the children of God against one another. This is why the Bible says in Ephesians 6:12 that ‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.’
Hence, when you are praying against your enemies, your targets are not the physical people but the spirits operating in and through them. It is those spirits that require binding. Spirits don’t die, but can be bound, rebuked or cast out. The good news is that we have been given authority to rebuke, bind or cast them out.
It is important we fully digest this point because your enemy today may be your channel of blessing tomorrow, so if you focus your defence or counter attack on him or her as a person and not the wicked spirits working through him, you may lose a destiny helper. There was a Mary in the Bible out of whom Jesus cast out seven demons, yet the same Mary was among those who ministered to Jesus before and after his death.
This leads us to understanding that your enemies need help, because they are either willing or unwilling tools in the hands of the devil. Now someone may be wondering why the devil should be held responsible for the wicked acts of men. Truly, we are all agents of choice, but our ability to choose right or wrong depends on whose spirits we carry, God’s or the devil’s spirit. When people choose to act wrongly, it is because there is a spirit behind their action. Don’t forget that the spiritual rules the physical. That is why your dreams at night turn to reality in the day.
Having identified the real enemy, we will proceed further tomorrow to discuss the different types of enemies. May God breath on this lesson and expand our understanding.
God bless us all.