The life of Christians is not a life of conforming, but a life of overcoming. It is not a walk in the park. Anyone who follows the teachings of God must be prepared to live a life of a spiritual soldier (II Timothy 2:3-4). Part of our Christian calling is to face the three deadly enemies that can discourage and distract us from our spiritual goals. If we are to be active soldiers of God, then we must know our enemies and how to defeat them.
In this blog post, let me share with you the 3 deadly enemies that every Christian must overcome.
Enemy no. 1: Human Nature
Sometimes, our greatest enemy is not from without, but from within. We are our own greatest enemy that can lead us away from God. Galatians 5:19-21 describes what exactly our human nature is and its manifestations.
“What HUMAN NATURE does is quite plain. It shows itself in immoral, filthy, and indecent actions; in worship of idols and witchcraft. People become enemies and they fight; they become jealous, angry, and ambitious. They separate into parties and groups; they are envious, get drunk, have orgies, and do other things like these. I warn you now as I have before: those who do these things will not possess the Kingdom of God (GNB).”
Human nature is highly deceitful and clever. It sets off degrading and strong impulses to entice us to sin, break God’s laws, and separate us from Him.
So what is the best solution to overcome our human nature? Galatians 5:16-17 shows us the answer.
“What I say is this: let the Spirit direct your lives, and you will not satisfy the desires of the human nature. For what our human nature wants is opposed to what the Spirit wants, and what the Spirit wants is opposed to what our human nature wants. These two are enemies, and this means that you cannot do what you want to do (GNB).”
The best way to overcome our human nature is to be filled with the Holy Spirit which can only come from God. The more you stay close to God, the more Holy Spirit you will be filled with.
Enemy no. 2: The World
The world’s social order, with all its deceitful lusts and pleasures, is another great enemy that we should overcome. Let’s read I John 2:15-17.
“LOVE NOT THE WORLD, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that DOETH the will of God abideth for ever” (KJV).
The term world here comes from the Greek word, “cosmos.” It doesn’t talk about the literal earth, but the societies of this world, many of which are literally built on greed, lusts, and vanity. That’s why the Apostle John specifically listed what in the world that we should not love.
We read from Revelation 12:9 that the WHOLE WORLD is deceived. The majority of this world’s population are blinded from the truth, and they thought that what they do isn’t wrong. Therefore, if you try to love the world and partake of its sins, you will pass away with the world.
So what is the best way to overcome the world? There are plenty of ways. Here are some of them:
- First, we need to DO the will of God (I John 2:17) and not just believe in God. By doing so, we can overcome the pulls of this world.
- Second, we need to strive to be lights of the world (Matthew 5:14). Don’t let the world put out the flame of our light.
- Third, be separate. II Corinthians 6:17-18 tells us, “WHEREFORE COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.” Compare Revelation 18:4.
- Fourth, be unspotted from the world (James 1:27). Make sure that your ways should always be pure and holy.
Enemy no. 3: Satan
This list won’t be complete without including Satan. He has been a “MURDERER from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the FATHER of it” (John 8:44). He is like a roaring lion who constantly seeks whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8).
Satan is ultimately responsible for all the sufferings, chaos, and mess that we witness in this vast universe. He is even called the current god of this world (II Corinthians 4:4), so you shouldn’t be surprised why this world is full of pain and death.
Satan is cunning, deceitful, and crafty. He is powerful than any of us, but he is powerless against God. So the best way to overcome Satan is to “SUBMIT TO GOD. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Here’s the best strategy that we can do to fight Satan and his evil schemes.
Moreover, to further strengthen our spiritual body, we need “be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might” and “put on the WHOLE armour of God, that [we] may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:10-11).
One way of defeating Satan is knowing more about him. Here are two blogs I wrote about him.
The enemies of our Christian faith can easily overcome us if we let it. Actually, it is the default mode of our being. If we don’t do anything, we become easy prey. Thus, it is a must that we actively OVERCOME these three enemies that can distract us from our Christian calling. Remember the three ways on how to overcome them.
The Christian life is never that easy, but it does not come without any reward. Doing God’s will in our lives lead to a blessed and happy life. Yes, it’s hard, but the reward is GREAT and beyond our wildest imagination. So keep on fighting the good fight so we may please Him who enlisted us to be His spiritual soldiers for the Kingdom (II Timothy 2:4).
At the end, we will all see that the Christian fight is worth fighting for!
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Thanks for your articles. I’ve been greatly blessed with it and still being blessed. I am very grateful and may God continue to strengthen you and uphold you and meet you at the point of your needs in Jesus name.
Thanks Odion! I’m glad this article helped you. 🙂
I would like to leave you with this thought-provoking consideration. Why do you think Jesus places heavy emphasis on avoiding things of the world and the flesh throughout Scripture? Look at this Trinity. The world. The flesh. Satan. Do you see a connection between these powerful powerful enemies?
a. The world IS the kingdom of Satan. Satan has dominion over this sinful world, especially in America.
As for the Christian, they are citizens of God’s kingdom, which is eternal, whereas Satan’s kingdom is temporary.
2 Corinthins 4:4 calls Satan “the god of this world.” Logically, based on what we know about original sin and the nature of Satan and his legions, we can conclude that the world that we currently reside in is under the control of Satan himself.
We may only see looting and rioting in the natural sense, viewing them as a reaction to economic disparities and a global pandemic. When in fact, the flesh and Satan are working simultaneously as these sins are being performed.
b. Given that the flesh is an incarnation of the “old” sinful nature, I would not hesitate to call this a vehicle that drives us on the highway to sin. Before we converted to Christ, we were slaves to sin. Now, you can either be on the side of Christ or the side of Satan — No in between.
This means if a desire of the flesh becomes an idol in your life, you technically have TWO idols: one of which is Satan since you are following his commandments, which is to sin.
For example, anyone who is avarice would worship money AND Satan, since greed goes against God’s laws, and goes towards Satan’s laws (consider Christ’s temptation in the wilderness.) Same thing for pride. You worship knowledge (or whatever you feel you are superior to) AND Satan because it closely aligns with ⠦ nature, and the nature of humans.
C. While Satan is the author of deception and temptation, he is also a master of evil. You don’t have to be convinced to jump off a temple to give in to temptation. Sometimes, it doesn’t even include a direction or Scripture. It might even be something visually appealing or something that smells good.
Ultimately, there are bad consequences. Sometimes, we underestimate how clever these enticements are, and how easy it is to be lured into the dark path until it is too late. As one of my friends from high school said after the insurrection, “It is hard for us to know when we are blinded by the schemes of Satan. Satan is crafty, and even believers are caught in his trap.”
In fact, this pandemic has truly revealed to me these crafty schemes and his true colors. Here is a short presentation I made about the mind and the spirit realm. It is truly fascinating if you see these mysteries in the Spirit.
May we all cling to Jesus and search for the truth. May the Holy Spirit guide us and teach us to be vigilant of Satan’s schemes.
Those are thought-provoking observations indeed. It is true that these three enemies are related and thus, if we are going to overcome one of them, we must aim to overcome all.
However, we can only overcome this with Yahweh’s help. Thanks for the link you shared.
Christianity’s greatest enemy are…
1. Christians. They can’t agree on anything and often condemn one another over those disagreements.
2. Trinity. Thousands tortured, persecuted, burned alive – again over disagreements.
3. Calvinism. Judgmentalism at its finest.
4. Pre-trib. The greatest false hope in Christianity. People are obsessed with it.
In other words – CHRISTIANS are Christianity’s worse enemy.
You have a point, but to make it more accurate, false Christianity is an enemy of true believers of Yahweh.
I probably should have mentioned Seventh Day Adventism. They condemn over a billion Sunday worshippers and claim Sunday worship is the mark of the beast.
What is false Christianity? Everyone and every denomination have some false teaching on the books. So ‘false Christianity’ can only be defined as someone who denies the life, crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension of Christ.
Another way to put it is we are all heretics. Heresy is simply defined as ‘opinion’.
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