Ignoring the Enemy

He walks, but he leaves no footprints. He talks, but the sounds are internal and we fool ourselves into thinking it is our own thoughts we hear. What kind of enemy is this? It is the enemy of our souls and we ignore him as if he does not exist. Big mistake! Huge!

We are used to an enemy who leaves footprints and we can see where to attack. We have grown up on wars, either suffered first hand or read about in history books. So who is this enemy that we can’t see . . . or hear? He is the roaring lion, 1 Peter 5:8. He is the robber and murderer, John 10:10. He is the father of lies, John 8:44, and he holds the power of death, Hebrews 2:14.

He is invisible to our eyes . . . but he is a fearsome warrior nonetheless. His army is millions strong . . . and also invisible. And his plan is to bring us to his side, so he won’t die alone. Are we prepared to fight an invisible foe? How do we arm ourselves against something we cannot see?

Our fight is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.  Ephesians 6:12

And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and He wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials and put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the devil and all his angels.  Ephesians 6:10-12, msg

~ “Shattered by Suicide”, by Gracie Thompson