“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace” (Ephesians 4:2-3).
There is a great battle that is taking place. We may feel safe or believe we are immune. We may sense some slight influence, but for the most part we truly believe that, all in all, surely we aren’t as mired as all that.
However, one of Satan’s greatest tools of devastation among God’s people is subtlety.
You see so many who claim to follow Jesus view other people as the enemy. Satan subtly wags the dog and cons well-meaning believers of Jesus Christ into truly thinking that the enemy are those who differ. Those who differ socio-economically. Those who differ ethnically. Those who differ in their beliefs. “The enemy is those who live under bridges.” “The enemy is those who live in gated communities.” “The enemy is those who are black.” “The enemy is those who are white.” “The enemy is those of other religious traditions.” “The enemy is those within my own tradition with whom I disagree.”
The subtle diversion of the true Enemy is to lull us into believing that the false enemy is anyone who isn’t exactly like us. I envision this makes him very pleased.
However if we read Scripture carefully, and embrace God completely, and understand our imperfections clearly, and grasp our need for grace fully, how can we allow Satan such subtle devastating victories in our lives? Like a cancer that consumes us internally. Secretly. Quietly. Until we make the conscious choice to refuse to allow him to utilize us in any way in this game he has already lost.
“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
Glory to God!