Know Your Enemy

vander Gouwen's Gideon's Battle with the Midianites

“Gideon’s Battle” by: van der Gouen

By: Susan Bea Good

It’s said that “the most dangerous enemy is the one you don’t recognize.”

War has been declared! If you are a Christ-follower you must know that there are people who are intent on your destruction. If you do not stand and fight now, you will be defeated by default. Some of our former family members have deserted us, conceding their positions, and are now luring us to join their efforts of appeasement.

With no apologies we must expose and fight the enemies of our faith. It’s uncomfortable to call out “them” as enemies of “us.” But if this call is neglected, “we” will lose battles! (As you know we will not lose the war.)

I recently came across notes taken from one of my pastor’s sermons. The message included the story of Gideon, the OT Judge whom God called to attack a formidable enemy. The Midianites had been ravaging God’s people for years, forcing them to hide in caves, and live in constant fear of destruction.

Gideon’s reluctance to fight was his own, but the boldness he received was from God. The enemy was sure of its own strength, while Gideon learned to trust in God. In battle the confident enemy destroyed itself from within. While Gideon’s men received the victory because of their obedience to the One who sent them.

At times the magnitude of the evil intent of our enemy seems overwhelming. But Gideon’s experience with God is able to embolden us also, to stand and fight the battles He sends to us.

Our enemies are attracted by our commitment to Christ. We can blame Jesus for the uncomfortable position in which we find ourselves. He is the One who attracts these enemies. He is the target of their wrath…we are merely His image on earth. Yet in practical terms the attacks are aimed at us!

It is our calling to fight when in war, and rest when at peace. For now, it seems we are living in a continual war zone, unable to find one day when the enemies of God are not attacking. In the end Gideon’s men found that they were blessed to have been included in God’s fight.

We too are blessed, because we know we are on the winning side, and He will never leave us to fight alone.

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”      (1 Corinthians 16:13/ESV)

The purpose of this blog is to encourage Christ-followers to see God’s Big Picture and be a part of it. Adonai Eloheinu!

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