United Against a Common Enemy

In the past few months, God has pointed me in the direction of prayerfully seeking him. I ran across a book called “Fervent” by Priscilla Shirer, star of the movie “War Room.” In this instructional text, she talks about the way Satan interrupts our lives and the prayer strategies that we can use to combat him before he takes us down. After listening to this work repetitively on my morning walks, I have become excited about the theme of her writings. The devil is a liar (John 8:44). He comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He is after us (1 Peter 5:8). He targets our identity, our relationships, our family, and our memories. You name a good thing in your life, and it’s a surefire bet he won’t rest until that prized asset is a dirty rag.

As Christians, we have more than our belief in one true savior in common. We all have an enemy in the prince of the power of the air. So, with this new political transition that is about to take place our country remains divided. But whether you are happy with the transition or worried about the potential reduction of benefits for your disabled child, you don’t need to look at someone with differing opinions with irritation. Instead, let’s start looking at the one who is causing the disaccord in the first place. Let’s all rally together, look the devil square in the eyes, and tell him he can’t have our country. We won’t be part of his divisiveness. In Ephesians 4:3, Paul calls us to be united in the spirit. What do you say we start taking down Satan every time he whispers nonsense in our ears in anĀ attempt to pit us against each other?

Thanks to the book, this way of thinking has revolutionized my life. I have started to tell Satan to hit the road when he tries to get my husband and me to battle over something stupid. I take a deep breath, wrinkle up my face, and say, “Why are we fighting? The enemy is just trying to get us all worked up over nothing!” Usually, that calms the moment, because, well, it’s true. I’m not saying our life isn’t tough between therapies, tense ARD meetings, and potty training, but when I see the pain on a father’s face in Aleppo who holds his bleeding child in his arms, I really have no reason to whine and complain about having to clean poop off my son’s underwear several times a day. What I do have is a whole lot of things to be grateful for.

And let me tell you, the devil has been hanging around a lot lately. He’s been on a mission to tear my family apart, but I’m getting good at detecting him (not as good as I’d like to be, but it’s a start), and I won’t rest until every part of my weaponry is ready for a war against him. You see, my friend, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). We’ve got to stop bickering with each other and buckle truth around our waist, strap on our breastplate of righteousness, use the gospel to be ready, protect ourselves with faith, strap salvation on our heads, and impale the devil with the word of God. We’re all in this together. Let’s unite against a common enemy.

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