Spiritual Enemies

The New Testament refers to Satan as the “prince of this world” (John 14:30). He is our enemy, and his goal is to steal, kill, and destroy. As followers of Christ, we must be ready to stand against his attacks as we seek to live out our faith in Jesus.

Spiritual Enemies

In the New Testament, Satan is mentioned almost 100 times. His primary objective against God and God’s people is to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). As the enemy of our souls and the father of lies, Satan is an ever-present spiritual enemy who seeks to attack and defeat us.

God’s people must be aware of the spiritual battle that rages around them and be prepared to fight. The apostle Paul warned his readers to “put on God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies and tricks of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11). As we live out our faith in Christ, we must be aware that Satan is an ever-present enemy who seeks to attack and defeat us.

In the New Testament, Satan is mentioned almost 100 times. His primary objective against God and God’s people is to “steal, kill, and destroy” (John 10:10). As the enemy of our souls and the father of lies, Satan is an ever-present spiritual enemy who seeks to attack and defeat us. Jesus declared Himself as being supreme over all creation in Matthew 28:18 when He said He had authority over all things in heaven and on earth (including Satan). Jesus also defeated sin on our behalf by His substitutionary death on the cross; therefore it should come as no surprise that Jesus has power over sin itself as well as its effects—even death (Romans 5:17–8)!

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1. Satan is our enemy

  • Satan is our enemy. He wants to destroy us and everything we stand for, which includes all that God has called us to be, do and have.

He wants to prevent us from experiencing the fullness of life in Jesus Christ (John 10:10). The devil’s goal is to keep us from fulfilling God’s plan for our lives by hindering or blocking our progress toward it (1 Peter 5:8).

2. His goal is to steal, kill, and destroy

Satan wants to steal your faith, kill your spirit, and destroy your life. He wants to hurt you physically and spiritually; he doesn’t just want to damage the flesh but also the soul. He wants to make you doubt God’s love for you and goodness in all situations.

3. God’s timing is always best

The third enemy of the spiritual life is a lack of trust in God’s timing. This can manifest itself in many ways, but one common example is when we have a plan and we want to see it through without letting go of our own ideas or control. We may have a good idea for how things should play out and don’t want anything to get in the way of that happenstance.

But what if God has something different planned? What if He wants us to do something different than we imagined? What if there are shorter steps along your path that you need to take before reaching your goal, even though they look like detours at first glance? It can be tempting to try and fix things so they work out according to our own expectations and desires rather than trusting that God knows best.

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4. Jesus came to defeat Satan

Jesus came to defeat Satan. Jesus is the only one who can defeat Satan (see John 14:30). Jesus defeated Satan on the cross, when He suffered and died for our sins (see 1 Corinthians 15:1-4). Jesus defeated Satan by rising from the dead, proving that He has power over death and hell (see 1 Peter 3:18; 4:6). Jesus also defeated Satan by sending His Holy Spirit to live in us, so that we can have life in Him (see Acts 5:32; Romans 8:2; 2 Corinthians 2:14). Finally, Jesus defeats Satan with His Word—the Bible—which tells us how we can live for God instead of for ourselves and gives us hope in this world because it says that someday all evil will be destroyed forever!

5. Those who belong to Christ do not fear Satan’s attacks

The attacks of Satan are not a reflection of the love of God. They are not a sign that you have displeased God and brought some kind of curse upon yourself. Jesus Christ died for us, so we do not need to fear anything from Satan. Jesus defeated him once and for all on the cross (Colossians 2:14; Hebrews 2:14-15). So don’t worry about what he will do to you or what he might say about you—his words are meaningless because they are lies (Ephesians 6:17). Your righteousness comes through faith in the finished work of Jesus Christ on your behalf, who was raised from death after being tormented by demons (1 Timothy 3:16). You have been given peace with God through knowing that He has forgiven all your sins and made you right with Him forever (Colossians 1:20).

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If anyone tries to tell you otherwise, respond as Paul did when confronted by false teachers who claimed there were different levels of salvation: “I am persuaded beyond doubt both about these matters [the resurrection] and about all other things which pertain unto life and godliness.”

You have a choice as to whether or not you will let Satan win over your life!

You have a choice as to whether or not you will let Satan win over your life.

You have the power of Jesus Christ, who defeated Satan and took back what was rightfully God’s. You are now a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). You also have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside you (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19). You can use these gifts and resources to fight against spiritual enemies such as envy, hatred and strife—all of which are works of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21). You also have access to God’s Word (2 Timothy 3:16), prayer (Ephesians 6:18) and community with other believers who will help encourage you on your journey toward maturity in Christ.

Conclusion

As I said, the devil is a liar and deceiver. If you are not careful, he will use your doubt to destroy your faith in God. He wants to keep you from knowing Jesus Christ as your Savior, so he will do anything in his power to convince us that there isn’t enough time left on earth for God to save us before it’s too late! But don’t listen when Satan tries to tell you this because the Bible says that we have an all-powerful God who never loses His timing!

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