It is important to know your enemy and the tactics he uses. The evil one is so cunning that you have to pay close attention to his every move. Believe me he will use anyone and everyone you know to deceive you. Christian, be on guard don’t let yourself be fooled by the evil one!
Not only do you need to know your enemy but you need to know your friends as well. Of course, you already know them because they’re your friends, right? Well, more importantly you need to know their character. Jesus knew Peter’s character and this is why Peter was chosen to be the rock to build his church on.
13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”
14 “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.”
15 Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. 18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
If you read a little bit further in Matthew you see Jesus telling his disciples about his upcoming death and you see Peter’s response below.
22 But Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. “Heaven forbid, Lord,” he said. “This will never happen to you!”
23 Jesus turned to Peter and said, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.”
Can you see how Jesus is showing us just how devious the enemy can and will be. If we go back and look at verses 18-19, Jesus states Peter is the rock in which he will build his church. And shortly after that Jesus rebuked the enemy with the same authority that he gave to us.
Luke 10:19 says;
19 Look, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy, and you can walk among snakes and scorpions and crush them. Nothing will injure you.
Satan is so conniving that he will use your closest friends to get your focus off of God and onto your circumstances. He will try to drive a wedge in your closest relationships especially those with other Christians. Be on alert at all times, Christian!
Satan can and will use anyone to fulfill his plans and in his mind no one is off limits to him. He may use your sister, brother, mother, father, friends, and even your pastor to create havoc in your life. Knowing your family, friends, and your pastor’s character puts you at an advantage over the evil one because he’s probably betting on that you don’t know them that well. There may be occasions when he is right but don’t give him any ammunition.
Know your friends’ characters so when, not if, but when the evil one attempts to separate you from God you will be ready for him. Prepare for battle every morning by putting on the full armor of God before you step one foot out your door.
This is not our battle it is the Lord’s now that is worth celebrating! It is so awesome to know as Christians the war has been won in the Heavenly realms and VICTORY is ours! Amen!
The most powerful ammunition you can have is the sword of the Spirit in your heart!