"Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places." Ephesians 6:11-12 (NLT)
I heard someone say once, “The greatest trick the devil pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” If he can get you to believe he isn’t real, he can get you to think people are your biggest problem and your real enemy.
I believe the greatest trick the devil has played is to have us believe people are the enemy. That is Upside Down thinking and false. Listen to The Apostle Paul’s words again, "For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies..."
Notice, our real enemies are not “flesh-and-blood enemies…” but they are spiritual. They exist in the unseen.
If you can see your enemy, they are not your enemy.
The devil loves when we forget that he and his demons are our real enemies. If he can get us to get angry and blame our flesh-and-blood neighbors, then he has succeeded in deceiving us.
Jesus said, “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven.'" Matthew 5:43-45.
He was teaching us that we only have perceived enemies. That no matter how we are treated or wronged, if they have skin, they are not enemies to be hated, but people to be loved.
Just remember the next time you are tempted to believe a parent, a classmate, or neighbor is your enemy - our enemies don’t have flesh! Say to yourself, “My real enemies are invisible.”
Prayer: Father, help me to see people as you know them, created and cared for by you. Give me the ability to remember, in the heat of a confrontation or an emotional letdown, that people are not my enemy, but instead are to be loved and prayed for regardless of how they treat me. I can't do this in my strength, so I ask for yours. In Jesus name. Amen.