You have to know your enemy and if you do not know your enemy, you will fight the wrong battles. If you do not know your enemy, you will fight your mother, spouse, in laws etc. You have to come to the realization that they are not your enemies. The scripture is very clear that you have to unmask your enemy.
The enemy always makes a passive attack. A passive attack is an attack where you don’t know that it is an attack. For most of us enemy wouldn’t launch active attack because active attack can be easily figured out especially by those who are sensitive spiritually and he knows that he cannot stand against new creation. Romans 8v37; “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” 1 John 4v4 says He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. Those who are not spiritually sensitive, it is difficult because the enemy can launch any kind of attack. Know that satan is your enemy. No human is your enemy.
Ephsians 6v10 ; “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.” This scripture clearly tells us whom we wrestle against. So, the devil is our opponent. Though the enemy knows he cannot stand against new creation, then how is he successful in stealing, killing and destroying. He launches passive attack by targeting the mind. He makes your loved ones to walk in the flesh. Romans 8v1-2; “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” So, we can see that enemy can successfully make God’s children his enemies by changing their mind.
The ministry of mind is a whole world on its own. It has its own kind of forces, government, rules and regulations. Watch your mind otherwise your mind will tune your life to the frequency, you never dreamt possible. Passive attack is in the mind. Happy are those pastors who know that the mind is an important factor in the life of a believer and minister to the mind every time they teach. When they minister to the mind, the man gets transformed quicker. When all you teach is about spiritual prayer and fasting, the mind is not ministered to yet.
The scripture tell us that if you do not renew your mind you will be exactly like the world even though you are saved. Your mind is where the devil attacks. When the devil wants to separate a marriage or close a ministry or cause problems among the brethren, he attacks the mind – the temperament. Those who are angry, he uses their anger. Those who are sensitive, he uses their sensitivity wrongly. Those who are fully excited, he uses them etc.
In the story of 2 Kings chapter seven, there were four lepers. We see God is doing unusual things through people who do not appear to have hope for their family. God is using them to bring unusual deliverance to Israel. How can four lepers bring deliverance to a nation? The famine was so terrible in the city that cannibalism started inside the city. Fear was their enemy. Israelites shut themselves inside the city and did not open up for the fear of Syrians who were ready to attack them. But the leprous men choose to step out. They thought either way they are going to die then why not step out and do something instead of doing nothing.
Doing nothing about the problem is the greatest risk a man can ever make. And because of fear, if you don’t want to make any move like Israelities who shut themselves in hunger. God used lepers, the infected people to bring deliverance to Israel. God used crazy people and God can use you.
The four lepers discovered their fear which was death. So, what is your fear? That is the enemy. When you unmask your enemy, his defeat is exposed. Until you unmask your enemy, you will be in the cycle of your problem.
Mathews 16v16; “Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” How can you value such revelation? The Lord told us the source and quality of it. The church that has the quality of revelation has the quality of life. A church without revelation is not built upon rock. Peter rebuked for what the Lord spoke about what is going to happen to him. Peter stood headlong with all natural thinking. The devil attacked his mind. Every time you stand against the leading of the Holy Spirit because you care for your pastor or care for your reputation etc. the devil attacks your mind. When devil attacks your mind, it destabilizes you. The enemy is unmasked here and Jesus dealt with the enemy.
2 Kings 5v25, we see Gehazi was attacked in his mind. The enemy attacked his mind. Never replace God’s instructions with your emotions. Never respond to God’s instruction with your emotions. Respond to God’s instructions by faith. Don’t respond to God’s rebuke with emotions. Fall in line upon the word; line upon line, precept upon precept.
Bitterness, jealousy, anger, strife, foolish talking etc. are gateways which the enemy uses to mask himself because he knows he will not bring morality to you. Unmask your enemy. Catch it and throw it off.
In New Testament, the enemy is unmasked and his defeat is exposed. James 4v7 says “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Draw near to God and resist the devil. Meditate on the word of God and resist the devil. The devil will never want to make you free but still you create time for meditation. There are many other things that devil uses as mask which is the works of the flesh. (Galatians 5v18-21).
When we know that the enemy has a mask, we unmask him and when we unmask him, his face is revealed.
(Message by Apostle Edmonds, extracted by PR)
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