Knowing Your Enemy

By Patrick Hawthorne

spiritual_warfare-300x225Lately, I have been pondering the fact that a battle over good and evil, right and wrong, is being waged at this very moment.  Christian’s are in the fight of their lives.  Blindly, many lash out to the left and to the right, striking yet missing their intended mark.   Who are their casualties? Most often, they are the unintended who happen to ask, “To whom do you strike, and for what reason?”

Sun Tzu, a brilliant military strategist during 6th century BCE wrote, “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

If we know who we are in Christ we are well on our way to victory.  However, if we fail to recognize our true enemy, then we might gain some victories, yet suffer many defeats.  This is where I believe many in the Christian community are at this particular moment in time.  They know to whom they belong, yet they do not know to whom they must wage war.  These unfortunate brothers and sisters in Christ continue to believe that people, objects, or ideas are their enemies.  Rest assured, they are not the enemy but mere pawns being used, manipulated, and controlled by the true enemy.

Who is this enemy?  He is a puppet master of sorts, better known as Satan, Lucifer, or Beelzebub.  Having learned the art of war, he knows that by keeping the men and women of God confused as to his true identity, he may suffer some blows, but not without reaping the rewards of seeing many defeats from those he himself calls his enemies.

Yes, our constitution is being ripped out from underneath us at this very moment and our rights are being eroded at every turn.  Yes, we must fight!  But at what expense if we are not willing to take our fight to our true opponent?

First, cut the legs out from under the puppet master and, in turn, all control over the puppets will be lost.  How do we do that?  We win through prayer; prayer to the Living God.  How do we pray?  We pray, not against the darkness, but for the light of God to shine forth.  Only the Light can dispel the darkness.  Be blessed.

Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil.  For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere. (Eph 6:11-12 Amplified)

(This post was modified from a previous Facebook post of mine in light of recent current events)

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6 comments on “Knowing Your Enemy
  1. Praying for God to bless our enemies changes and strengthens us even when our enemies don’t appear to be affected through our prayers. The battle-field is within and we contribute best to repairing our nation by drawing close to God. In regard to our rights, I think we all need to consider if we are willing to die for them. That is very different from getting angry and fighting for them.

    I enjoy re


  2. The above was supposed to end with: In enjoy reading your straight-forward posts.:0)

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  3. It’s late…”I” enjoy…pray for me! sigh….

    Liked by 1 person

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