The Expository Files


The Enemy Commander

The Bible says, “For though we walk according to the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful…” (2 Cor. 10:3,4).

Here, the Bible suggests that the Christian is at war, but that the conflict is of a spiritual nature. It is a spiritual battle waged within the human heart. We are therefore urged to put on “the whole armor of God” which, again, is spiritual armor, so that we may stand against Satan. This armor consists of truth, righteousness and the gospel of peace. Faith is said to be our shield, our helmet is salvation, and our sword is the word of God (Eph. 6:11-17).

Do not underestimate the consequences of letting down your guard and losing the war. Defeat is final. Fortunately, even though we may lose some battles, we can still win the war. As Satan approaches this conflict with you, he will look for a weak place where he can attack. He might try to create doubt or dissatisfaction within you, suggesting that the Lord’s commandments are not necessary or wise. He might try to hinder you from doing what you know is right. He might suggest that living to please God is impossible and thus demoralize you.

The bottom line: do not compromise with the Destroyer. Fight the good fight. Keep the faith. Finish the course.

By Jon W. Quinn
The Final Page
From Expository Files 15.11; November 2008