As believers, we are warriors for Christ and need to put on our armor every day in order to be effective weekday warriors for the kingdom. But in a world of challenging opinions, demands for tolerance, and changing ethics and morals, we can often forget that we aren’t in a war against the opposing team. No, as weekday warriors, we must remember who the true enemy is in order to fight well.
1. The enemy is not of this world.
Ephesians 6:12 reminds us that we are not fighting against flesh and blood. Too often, believers spend more time arguing with one another or with those on the other side of issues via social media. But, we aren’t called to argue. The politician in office, newscaster on your screen, neighbor across the street, and boss in the next office are not your enemy, despite sometimes-hostile attitudes. Satan is the enemy, and he wants nothing more than for us to fight one another instead of donning the armor of God and confronting him and what he stands for. Those who disagree with God’s Word have been deceived. The source of the deception is the Evil One himself. We have to shift our views, perspectives, and even some of our responses so that we can speak truth in love instead of arguing. They don’t follow your God. They aren’t going to agree. Fight for them by sharing truth compassionately and hitting your knees to wage war in the heavenly spaces.
2. The enemy seeks to devour.
The enemy desires to devour you and everyone around you. His primary aim is to hinder the gospel of Christ and deceive as many people as possible so they miss out on the abundant life Jesus promises. Therefore, we live on guard. Just like the Navy SEALs, we live ready to carry out our purpose and our calling by waging war. 1 Peter 5:8 says, “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” Satan wants to destroy. Jesus came to bring light and life, and we are ambassadors and warriors to share that light and life with a world that is slowly being devoured without Jesus.
3. The enemy steals, kills, and destroys.
Satan will do anything and everything to keep people from following Jesus. He will lie to them about the abundant life by telling them to chase success, money, pleasure, and fame. He steals their joy when those things fail to satisfy their longing for something more. He kills and destroys families and lives by leading people in the opposite direction of God’s best. John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” So we fight by sharing the gospel. We remember the only thing that can save is the blood of Jesus. We understand that the war is already won, but that we are not called to watch passively as those around us falter and fall. We know we can’t win on our own, but we can keep pointing people to a better way – Jesus.
A weekday warrior knows the real enemy. He wakes up in the morning and puts on the full armor of God to fight against the attacks of the devil (Ephesians 6:13). He knows his purpose is to share and pray for the souls of others, so that they may know the abundant and eternal life God desires for them. He doesn’t grow weary in doing good for he knows he will receive a reward (Galatians 6:9). The enemy wants nothing more than for believers to forget his influence. But warriors know the real enemy, and they fight knowing Jesus fights with them.