For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
Satan knows your weaknesses. He knows where you are most tempted and where to tempt you even more. You need to know where you are the most vulnerable and arm yourself for the battle. Satan will attack you where you are the weakest and when you are the weakest.
Paul had many people trying to attack him. He had many enemies and was hated to the point that some wanted to kill him. We can truly say that Paul was persecuted for his faith. Paul was always on the lookout for his enemy and especially Satan.
He viewed his enemies as vessels of spiritual darkness. Paul knew Satan was using people to attack him. It’s easy to get angry at someone when they do harm to us. But we always need to keep in mind that they are being tempted by Satan.
Satan will tempt Believers to act in ways that they shouldn’t. He will make them say things that they shouldn’t. We must all be aware of this struggle. Don’t be the one who Satan is using against another person.
And when you experience someone who means to do harm to you make sure you understand why they are doing what they are doing. Instead of reacting with anger we should react with grace and love. Your opponent needs to witness the love of Christ and experience the joy that you have. Do not let the enemy steal your joy.
Lord, I thank you for defeating my enemies. Show me how to be Christ-like in all my circumstances. Help me to be an encouragement to others.