Know Your Enemy

A devotional by Reverend Dr. Kevin Schwamb

Although Pierre Rolland did not win this year’s Tour de France, everyone agreed he was a “man on a mission.”  After doing poorly in last year’s race he returned with a renewed passion in 2017.  But, like many of the cyclists, his greatest enemy was not the temperature or the difficult terrain, but something unseen.  Many cyclists find that by week three of the grueling race a weakened immune system and living in close quarters with teammates create the perfect environment for germs.  Therefore, serious precautions are taken to fight the spread of germs.  Sanitary efforts range from using gallons of hand sanitizer every day to having disinfectant teams go into hotel room to make them as sterile as a hospital operating room.

As Christians, it is vital that we know who our enemy is and how to counter him.  In Ephesians 6:12 we read, “For 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.”  Similar to germs this unseen, yet real struggle, requires us to put on the spiritual armor that is ours in Christ Jesus.  This armor, described in great detail in Ephesians 6:13-18,  begins with the belt of truth and ends with prayer.

Everyone of us must be alert to the unseen enemy we face each day.  Knowing that our enemy will often seek to attack us when we are at our weakest, our only hope is to put on the spiritual armor that is ours in Christ.  Armed for battle we stand strong against Satan’s attacks because the victory has already been won for us at the cross.