Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
When preparing for a bout, a fighter will study their opponent. They will look at their strengths. Do they lead with the right or the left? Do they square up before they jab? Do they follow with a solid punch or do they dance to land that heavy blow?
They will also study their weaknesses. Where can they capitalize? Do they tire easily? Do they get angry and distracted? Do they succumb to blows while on the ropes or can they escape easily? Wherever that opponent is weak, you can be assured, that will be the main point of attack.
Our enemy knows that as a child of God, who we are and what we do can influence the eternal destiny of all we come on contact with. So, he studies us. He knows where we are strong and where we are weak. He has become an expert on human behavior. He has tried many tricks and knows what will work and what won’t.
But how well do we know our enemy?
God strictly warns us:
Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”
He is a deceiver. He is not always what he seems.
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
The most dangerous lie of our enemy is that which is closest to the truth. Our ability to discern wht is right and what is wrong is NOT something we possess – it is by Who we are possessed; Who indwells every believer. He promised!
Psalms 32:8 “I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.”
As a saved child of God, we have an instructor, teacher and guide for this life. He will do as He promised. But what of our part?
My enemy is the accuser of the brethren and a liar. His end game is destruction of any and all that he is allowed to touch or that will give way to his wiles. If I do not know that God has already promised me power, provision, protection and purpose, I will doubt when confronted with an opposing view.
We must know who we are in Christ. That knowledge can save much energy spent on things already provided for by our Heavenly Father. 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells me that I will not face anything greater than what God and I cannot handle.
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
When I hear something, I must go tot he Word of God to see if it is true. I cannot trust my own mind to provide the wisdom and knowledge needed to survive.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
It may seem right. It may feel right. But I cannot trust anything I see or hear unless it lines up with God and His Word.
Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.”
Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”
As we begin our day, and throughout our day, we should pray and ask for the ability to discern all that we see and hear. We must ask God to reveal what is true, what is right, what is of Him and what is the devil’s trickery. God has a filter for us:
Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things arehonest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”