Know Your Adversary
by Elicia Phillips
As servants of the Almighty Yahweh, we know that it is impossible to avoid challenges, trials, and tests. The beauty in navigating these challenges and trials is knowing that we are already assured victory once we trust in our Heavenly Father and walk according to His directives. One of the most important things we must know in our walks is how to stand our ground in the face of trials and keep the faith. In order to do this, we must know and understand our adversary.
Whether you realize it or not, you are a soldier, fighting for the Kingdom of Yahuah God. As a soldier, your Heavenly Father has given you a mission. In order to execute your mission, not only do you need to have a close relationship with Yahweh and walk according to His rules, principles, and laws, but you also need to know the enemy that you are fighting.
The Word of the Almighty warns us that the enemy is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8). This description gives us the characteristics of Satan. He is also called a thief, murderer, and destroyer (John 10:10). The reason there are so many descriptions of the enemy is to provide us with the knowledge that will equip us when confronted with his tactics. Lacking knowledge can lead to our destruction, but having knowledge will assist in our deliverance (Hosea 4:6 KJV, Proverbs 11:9).
If you are confused as to the war we are fighting, I urge you to read Ephesians 6:10-14. This will detail what we are wrestling against, as well as the armor that we are to wear daily. Within this article, we will explore a common and effective strategy that the enemy uses against us. Introducing the spirits of fear and doubt. Their mission is to create confusion and distrust within us. Don’t underestimate these two spirits. They are not just there to make us feel worried, scared or confused, but these spirits will motivate us to make decisions while under the influence of negative emotions.
These decisions can indeed set us up for failure in the future, after all, taking the counsel of devils will always lead to our destruction. So, how do we avoid falling into this trap? One of the most important things that we must understand from the onset is the fact that Yahweh will never fail us. If He says that He will provide for our needs, then He will. He is not a liar; He is our Heavenly Father, Jehovah Jireh and the Ancient of Days. He is whatever we need Him to be. We can trust in Him (Philippians 4:19, Proverbs 3:5-6).
One of the first things you must learn to do is put your trust in Yahuah God. I know this is difficult, depending on where you are in your relationship with Yahweh, however, you can ask Him for wisdom and understanding when studying His Word; this is so that you can have the confidence that you need to trust Him (James 1:5). Many times, the enemy sends the spirit of fear to disarm us, after which the spirit of doubt will attempt to make us question what Yahweh can do for us. Can He protect us or come through for our seemingly impossible situations?
An example of the spirits of fear and doubt working together can be found in the story of Jonah. Yahweh sent him to a city to proclaim judgment. I can only imagine the thoughts that bombarded Jonah at the time. His decision to flee and his attempt to hide demonstrates his feelings of fear and doubt. He chose to disobey the command of the Heavenly Father. As a result of his disobedience, he nearly caused his own death, the death of several men aboard a ship and, by extension, the city of Nineveh. You should read this story on your time to understand how making decisions when faced with fear and doubt will take you off the path that Elohim has created for you to walk. Being given a second chance, Jonah went and proclaimed the message that Elohim gave to him. As a result, the people fasted as they repented of their ways and confessed their sins. Do you understand how this could have gone another way?
In order to defeat the attacks of the enemy, you must learn to trust in Yahweh. Trusting in Him will help you to stand strong when doubt and fear show up. You must use your shield of faith and ensure your feet are prepared with the gospel of peace. When you trust God, He gives you peace that surpasses all understanding. Isaiah 26 3-4 (KJV) reads, “Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.”
Therefore, when the enemy throws these tactics at you, you will not doubt; you will be equipped to give him back a dose of Yahweh’s Word, and you will emerge victoriously!
Edited by Tiffany Buckner