Know Your Enemy

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When you are in a battle of warfare it best to know who you are battling against. In order to gain victory and provide a great defense one must know where and how the enemy plans to attack. What are the enemy’s weapons, what are their resources, how will they be used against me? There are people who do not believe in Satan, they do not believe he exists, but merely is just a myth (a fable). I hate to crush anyone’s bubble, but the truth is Satan is real and he is our enemy.

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places” [Ephesians 6:12].

The following are some details about our enemy;

  • He is a person–with a personal name, personal acts, and personal plans to oppose God in the earth (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:6-12, Job 2:1-8]

“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them.

And the Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” [Job 1:6-12].
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.

And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? and still he holdeth fast his integrity, although thou movedst me against him, to destroy him without cause.
And Satan answered the Lord, and said, Skin for skin, yea, all that a man hath will he give for his life.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face.
And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
So went Satan forth from the presence of the Lord, and smote Job with sore boils from the sole of his foot unto his crown.
And he took him a potsherd to scrape himself withal; and he sat down among the ashes” [Job 2:1-8].
  • He has access to Heaven (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:1, Job 2:1, Revelation 12:9-12]
“And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time” (Revelation 12:9-12).
  • He is the accuser of the brethren (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:9-11, Job 2:4-5, Revelation 12:10]
“Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face” [Job 1:9-11].
  • He goes from place to place (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:6-7, Job 2:1-2]
  • Associates with angels (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:6, Job 2:1]
  • Appears before God (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:6, Job 2:1]
  • Roams the earth (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:7, Job 2:2, 1 Peter 5:8]

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” [1 Peter 5:8]:

  • Carries on conversations with God (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:7-12, Job 2:2-6]

“And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord” [Job 1:12].

  • Singles out individuals hoping to destroy them (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:8, Job 1:12, Job 2:4-6]
  • Hates good men (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:8-12, Job 2:3-6]
  • Recognizes and envies the blessing of God upon others (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:10, Job 2:4-5]
  • Seeks to destroy fellowship between God and His children (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:10-11, Job 2:4-6]
  • Seeks to cause men to curse God and deny Him (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:11, Job 2:5]
  • Is limited by God in touching His children (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:12, Job 2:6]
  • Can destroy riches of men (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:12-19]

“And there was a day when his sons and his daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:

And there came a messenger unto Job, and said, The oxen were plowing, and the asses feeding beside them:
And the Sabeans fell upon them, and took them away; yea, they have slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The fire of God is fallen from heaven, and hath burned up the sheep, and the servants, and consumed them; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, The Chaldeans made out three bands, and fell upon the camels, and have carried them away, yea, and slain the servants with the edge of the sword; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.
While he was yet speaking, there came also another, and said, Thy sons and thy daughters were eating and drinking wine in their eldest brother’s house:
And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee” [Job 1:13-19].
  • Destroys to the limit of his ability through the permission of God (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:12-19, Job 2:6-10]

“Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” [Job 2:9-10].

  • Has many agents on earth who do his bidding (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:15, Job 1:17]
  • Can send from fire from Heaven (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:16]
  • Can control the elements and cause storms when God permits (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 1:18-19]
  • Is untiring in his efforts to destroy good men (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 2:1-8]
  • Is the propagator of sickness and disease in the bodies of men (Dake,2011,p.897OT) [Job 2:7, Acts 10:38]

“How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” [Acts 10:38].

We are protected by the enemy when God puts a hedge of protection around us, our home, and all that we have.

“Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land” [Job 1:10].

Dake,F.J.(2011).Dake’s annotated reference bible: The holy bible.Lawrenceville, GA: Dake Publishing, Inc.

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