We all face three enemies on a daily basis.
When I have days that I want to point the enemy finger at my baby, when he’s fussy because he hasn’t napped all day and just wants to be held as I’m trying desperately to get some work around the house done. Or when I get upset with my fiancé for leaving stuff laying around the house. Yet. Again.
Those are signs there is an even bigger enemy in the midst, working to steal my joy, and turn me against people who are actually for me. To defeat our real enemies, we first have to call out their usual tactics.
ENEMY #1: The World.
1 John 5:19-20 remind us “We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. We know also that the Son of God has comes and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ.”
While we dwell here on earth, we are living in enemy territory quite literally. Our world continuously lies to us about motherhood, and those lies can rob us of enjoying the life God has graciously and lovingly given us.
ENEMY #2: The Flesh.
As born sinners, we lack a natural inclination toward holiness. We are constantly fighting against our flesh, which is wired to choose evil (self). Because we have the Holy Spirit at work within us, we have hope. And knowing our natural tendency is toward evil, we cannot trust every thought that comes to mind. Rather, we need to repeatedly set our minds on God.
Romans 8:5-6 reminds us: “Those who live according to the flesh set their minds to things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
ENEMY #3: The Devil.
The devil is out to destroy us. If he cannot win at making us enemies of God, he will try to keep us so busy and distracted that we won’t recruit anyone to the Lord’s side. These distractions can come in the form of thinking of ourselves too much, or even in the form of something good, like establishing healthy physical habits for our children, at the expense of neglecting their hearts. Meditate on what John 10:10 says of the devil:
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it in full.”
OUR ALLY: GOD.
There are times when we treat God like the enemy. When we balk at his direction. When we assume we have a better plan. When we get upset because life isn’t going the way we’d hoped. When we assume this is happening because God has forgotten us, or worse, that he just doesn’t care.
It is here and now, that we must remind ourselves: God sent his Son to die so that we could have life. A FULL life. When our days get crazy, when our spouse gets home late for the 4thtime this week, when our child refuses to take their nap and is cranky for the rest of the day – it is in those moments, we must run into the arms of our Father in full assurance we are safe there; rather than running to the arms of the enemy, robbing our joy and peace on earth.
Prayer for today:
Holy and Gracious Father, thank you for reminding me of my real enemies here on Earth. I’ve been fighting the wrong enemies: my spouse, my son, even you, Dear Lord. Arm me with your truth. Help me to identify my real enemies as they come to me each day, and help me create a strong alliance in my family and with you to fend off my real enemies. In Jesus’ name, amen.