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Enemy, Enemies

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We only have one real enemy and that is Satan. Satan does not like you, care about you, and he wants you destroyed!

John 10:10 (AMPC) The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).

Satan is excellent at being crafty. I guess you can say he has been to college, taken every test imaginable, has gained work experience and now is putting it into practice and he won't stop until he succeeds. Once you truly grasp this then make it a part of your life and use discernment. This will help you to spot your enemies.

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?

Let's dig deeper and learn what enemy means

ENEMY [ISBE] - en'-e-mi ('oyebh, tsar, tsar; echthros): "Enemy," "enemies," are frequent words in the Old Testament. The Hebrew word most often so translated is 'oyebh, meaning perhaps literally, "one who hates"; very frequent in the Psalms, e.g. 3:7; 6:10; 7:5; 8:2; 9:3,1; 13:2, where the cry is often for deliverance from enemies. Another word for "enemy," found chiefly in the poetical books, is tsar, or tsar, "distresser," "straitener" (Nu 10:9; Job 16:9; Ps 27:2,12, the Revised Version (British and American) "adversary," etc.); also tsarar (Est 3:10; Ps 8:2; 10:5 the King James Version, etc.). Other words are `ar, "one awake" (1 Sam 28:16 the King James Version; Dan 4:19 the King James Version); sane', perhaps, "to be sharp or bite" (Ex 1:10; Prov 25:21; 27:6); sharar, "to watch" (Ps 5:8; 27:11), and qum, "to stand up," or "withstand" (Ex 32:25)... [read more]

0340 - hostile, be an enemy
0341 - adversary, enemy
6145 - foe
6862 - trouble, opponent
6887 - to cramp
8130 - to hate
2190 - adversary

6146 - foe
7790 - foe as lying in wait
8324 - opponent

**these definitions came from strong's dictionary

Enemy means -
  1. person who hates another, and wishes or tries to injure him; foe
  2. a. nation or force hostile to another; military or wartime adversary
    b. troops, fleet, ship, member, etc. of a hostile nation
  3. person hostile to an idea, cause, etc.
  4. anything injurious or harmful

As a believer in Jesus Christ your enemy is anyone who lives their life against God.

Matthew 12:30 He who is not with Me [definitely on My side] is against Me, and he who does not [definitely] gather with Me and for My side scatters.

Those who do not live for God are against God so that means they are against you. Each one of us was born into sin and we all have fallen short from the Glory of God (Romans 3:23), but when we come to Jesus and repent God changes our heart which changes our view on life. There are those who have not been saved and you have many professing Christians thinking they are saved. You have one person living full out for death and curses and you have one thinking they are living for God but in reality they are living for themselves (death and curses). Each one is an enemy of God, because neither one truly serves God. God wants all of your heart and mind. Professing Christians have all of God's word in their mind (head) but not in their heart.

How does Satan steal, kill, and destroy?

Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle and crafty than any living creature of the field which the Lord God had made. And he [Satan] said to the woman, Can it really be that God has said, You shall not eat from every tree of the garden?

Scripture says he is crafty. What does crafty mean.

Crafty - subtly deceitful; sly; cunning; artful: a crafty rascal and The definition of crafty is someone who is sly, clever and deceitful at achieving some goal

What this means is Satan will never reveal who he is or why he is there. He is able to deceive and cover up his true identity and purpose.

When people come into your life a question needs to be asked, who are they? Are they there to take from you, to steal from you, and to destroy you? What do they want? When you line their life up with God's word it will be revealed who they really are and you will have direction on standing and being in their life. All this takes time, discernment, courage, and wisdom and all this comes from God, not us. We cannot do anything apart from God but with God we can do all things.

John 15:5 I am the Vine; you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can do nothing.

Okay so what in the world does this mean? It means through Christ He gives you what you need. When you have a relationship with Jesus then you will experience and understand apart from Christ you can do nothing. This scripture encompasses many other scriptures, such as, the fruit of the Holy Spirit, Courage, Discernment, Strength, Wisdom and much more.

When we become aware someone is the enemy, we are to pray for them.

Here is an example

You meet someone and at first they seem really great, but as time goes on they ask you to do things you would have never done before (like drink, smoke, have sex, watch a dirty movie, cuss, change the way you look and behave, demand they be first, and the list goes on). If you're a believer in Christ Jesus anything that goes against the word of God is going to be their motivation against you. They want you to begin to live for yourself and not for the Lord. Their goal is to slowly acclamate you into living a life that is no longer satisfying to God or you. Beware of the takers who come and take from you, beware of the victims who have self-pity, beware of the aggressors who want to control you, beware of the ones who have bitterness and drag their past every where with them by never letting go, beware of the haters who hate everything, and most of all beware of the ones who come across so sweet and innocent and then stab you in the back. These people can be family, friends, professing Christians, strangers and so forth. Satan acts like a light so there are many other people we have not listed here that come into our lives, but we can tell you they all have one thing in common

They are always AGAINST the lifestyle that JESUS demands of His followers!


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