My brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
'If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle' (Sun Tzu, The Art of War).*
When I first read Ephesians 6:12, I was amazed. I'd spent years fighting evil and treacherous people. I'd become a verbal marksman, scoring many hits. But I was battle weary, and the wins proved shallow. Obviously, I didn't know my real enemy. So the true Light revealed him, as His Word promises.
He is Satan, the instigator and accuser: the bitter root of mankind's conflicts and contentions. For us to hit each other is the devil's delight. Because then we ignore him, and our wars continue. We are blinded, 'Like a boxer beating the air' (1 Corinthians 9:26). We are sidetracked, remaining 'Ignorant of his schemes' (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Sun Tzu says we must also know ourselves, but He lived centuries before Jesus. So for us, we must know ourselves in Christ. We must know His power and live His Words.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are commissioned as warriors. Toward men, you show unwavering love. Toward Satan, you show unflinching fight. Spiritual warfare is your field. Therein, become a solid soldier.
To Be Continued...
* Sun Tzu was a Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher (544 BC - 496 BC). He authored what many consider the best book on war ever written, The Art of War. It's still read today, and its uses have expanded into business and politics:
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.