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Someone wrote, “A soldier never knows his strength until he meets his foe.” A foe is an adversary, enemy or opponent to name a few.
The question is, when he arises in one’s self does the same principal apply? Am I able to recognize him then?
It is certainly a challenge to face self. After all how many of us wants to admit imperfections?
But is not that where the true strength and survival of a soldier lies, in his/her ability to pinpoint the danger regardless of who it appears in or where it shows itself?
That’s why you and I must give name to the enemy when it is evident else we fight a lost cause and thereby strengthen the hand of opposition.
There is a saying, “There is none so blind as he who will not see.” Until we acknowledge, it will remain.
So is harm to be done to self? Of course not! It is the way or the spirit of the enemy we must get rid of. How is that possible? And what are his characteristics? If you or I are to succeed, it is important that we know. If I may borrow a phrase from the G.I. Joe’s cartoon/movie, “Knowing is half the battle!”
Jesus knew that a soldier must be trained for battle. That’s why He has given us the solution in the Bible which is the guideline needed to defeat this foe none other than Satan, the devil.
Satan’s only aim was to kill, to steal and destroy, St. John 10:10.
In the book of Genesis God gave instructions unto man, but the adversary took note of this and set out to alter it. His aim was to set our spirit against God’s spirit or way.
What is the way of God? The book of Galatians tells us that it is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. You see, there are no physical weapons that can destroy our enemy for we wrestle not with flesh and bone, 2 Corinthians 10th chapter and Ephesians 6:12. But thanks be to Christ Jesus who has given us the antidote to apply. This is the true strength we need when facing our foe. For His words are spirit and life, 2 Corinthians 3:6.