THE ROLES OF THE ENEMY: DO NOT BE HIS STAGE
I have lived long enough to discover that in every group; school, community, club, church, whatever, there are people who fill every role. There are the sweet, the sour, the bitter, the helper, the leech, the bully,and on and on. The answer is to overcome adversity; that which comes through others and through our own selves. We have to KNOW who we are. It is often difficult, as are most worthwhile endeavors. What if Jesus just quit when He was treated mean or misunderstood or reviled OR beaten? No!!! He went ALL the way. If I had quit when I felt hurt or misunderstood, I would be "the mother of all quitters". I refuse to let the enemy win this time. If he does, it won't be because I walked away. This time, I am walking towards the "roar." The flesh and blood of others is not the enemy. The enemy is unseen. He just wants us to see one another as the enemy. Everyone has two sides. Which will win in us? The wheat, or the tares? Think about it. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
"Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints." Ephesians 6:10-18