A Common Enemy (By: Mike Sherman)

I am pleased and thankful to know that I don’t have any personal enemies who are that are actively working to trip me up or take me out. I am well aware as you are that our country has enemies aggressively acting to break down our nation and our society as we know it. Naturally, any of our nation’s enemies would also be our enemy as U.S. citizens. There is a part of me that would like to turn off the news or never turn a page of the newspaper to be reminded of these facts. The only problem is that doing so unfortunately doesn’t change the fact that we do have enemies.

The Bible makes it clear that every one of us has a very personal enemy looking to trip us up and take us out! As much as we might like to deny it or wish it were not so it simply is a fact we are challenged to accept and deal with. Deciding not to turn the pages of my Bible to learn about this formidable foe will never change the fact that we all as the human race have a common enemy. He’s referred to as Satan throughout the Bible – Job 1:6-7- Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them. (7) The LORD said to Satan, From where have you come? Satan answered the LORD and said, From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking up and down on it. He is also referred to as the accuser. Revelation 12:10- And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. The tempter. 1 Thessalonians 3:5. For this reason, when I could bear it no longer, I sent to learn about your faith, for fear that somehow the tempter had tempted you and our labor would be in vain.

The deceiver. Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world–he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.

We need to acknowledge that Satan is very powerful, persuasive, and persistent. Living in denial of these facts will only contribute to our demise. The good news is there are some other facts we need to know and put our faith in.
FACT #1: Jesus defeated Satan in his death and resurrection from the dead!Hebrews 2:14- Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,

FACT #2: We can also overcome our Satan only because of Jesus’ great victory over Him!
and deliver all those who through fear of death were subject to lifelong slavery. (Hebrews 2:15)No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)

By Mike Sherman

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