Knowing the Enemy

In Missional on March 2, 2009 at 11:28 am

“Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes.”  (from Psalm 27)

As I considered this verse today, I was forced to consider my enemy.  You know the enemy that I mean.  “The rulers and authorities in the unseen world” as Paul puts them in his letter to the Ephesians.  Peter tells us that our enemy (the devil) prowls around like a roaring like looking for someone to devour.  So, what does this foe want?  What is his desire for me?

The following are some ways that I think he tries to keep me preoccupied:

Being a pure consumer (out of scarcity) vs Being generous and giving (out of abundance)
Gluttony (lust of the stomach) vs Having a healthy longing
Hurry (living in it) vs Composed Confidence
Seeking entertainment vs Relating to others (investing in activities that promote conversations, etc.)
Having a master plan for life vs. Being ‘in the moment’ relational
(adhering to rules vs. Having a clear vision and commitment)
Static & Inflexible vs. Dynamic and Changing

These ones really hit home today for me.  What are ways your enemy keeps you preoccupied?


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