Understanding the Enemy

When going into battle one must have the proper armor, as well as an understanding of the enemy.

This post is meant to help you better understand how the enemy operates in order for you to recognize his attacks and then cast them down.

The enemy can only operate where he is licensed.

…in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience… (Ephesians 2:2 NKJV)

This word, air, in Ephesians 2:2 comes from the Greek word aer which is rooted in the word aemi, meaning to breathe unconsciously. The word aer signifies what is naturally circumbient, more specifically, atmosphere.

This means that Satan only has rule over the atmosphere. He can only afflict, affect, or successfully attack you if you allow him. Alone, he is powerless, he must possess something or someone to operate.

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ “Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” (Genesis 3:1-5 NKJV)

This scripture gives a clear example of the enemy and how he operates. Eve stated that they were instructed not to even touch the tree or they will die; however, God never said that:

…the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17 NKJV

The fact that Eve misquoted the instructions the Lord gave shows that an element of doubt existed within her. She exaggerated the instruction, making it sound outlandish. We see in the scripture, the enemy utilized that element of doubt and was able to convince her otherwise by saying “you will not surely die”.

The enemy enters in through your feelings that are contrary to God’s Word: doubt, worry, fear, etc. Once he has gained access, he begins to attack your mind, attempting to steal, kill, and destroy the Word of God within you (John 10:10).

Once he has influenced your thoughts, your thoughts will then produce actions. He told Eve the exact opposite of what the Lord said, “you will not die”. That thought manifested itself fully into her final action: eating from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

What do you do?

Stay in God’s Word and in His presence through prayer, fasting, meditation, and worship. Trust in His Word and the specific instructions He gives you and don’t allow the enemy to attack your mind.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:8 NKJV)

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