Friday, 12 December 2014

You Have An Enemy (Don't Let Him Stop You)

My whole life I have never really dealt with serious conflict. Being quiet by nature, I generally try to avoid it. I have never been bullied, nor had any enemies (that I was aware of!). That is, until I was reading over my notes from an old Sunday sermon.

I was reading over Genesis 3:15 (God talking about the serpent/the Devil),
“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers…”

I have read this passage many times before, but, to be honest, I never understood what enmity meant, so I just brushed over it. This time, however, I decided to look it up and discovered it meant ‘a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility.’ So, basically, it means God made the woman (and her offspring – us) enemies with the Devil.

Damn. I just found out I have an enemy.
And not just a passive enemy, but The Enemy, one in which I am in ‘active opposition’ with.
Did you know that this means you are his enemy too?

But why would God make the woman, who was weaker than the man, the active enemy of the enemy? Wasn’t Adam stronger than her? And more brave?
Could it be perhaps because, in fact, we women are not so weak? Could it be because we are actually capable and mighty warriors?

Genesis 1:27 says, “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”

Ok, so men AND women were both created in the image of God. God who is powerful, graceful, merciful, loving, kind and just. And he made us like Him (‘like Him’ is not to be confused as ‘he made us him’ – we are not God and still need his love, kindness and forgiveness!)
We are made in the image of God, girl! We can totally kick this devil guy’s butt!

And, you know, it’s a funny thing about enemies – even if you don’t know you’ve got them, they still do anything they can to bring you down. Whether it’s gossiping behind your back from your colleagues or fellow students, or that women-demoting group of men, who make sure you don’t get that job, the same goes for the devil… He knows that you can totally kick his ass! So he initiates the gossiping, the name calling, the self-doubt, the turning of women against women, because it’s the only way he can win – of course he can win if you don’t believe you are strong enough for the challenge! And isn’t it part of the art of war, to turn your enemy against each other?

It’s time we actively took part in destroying our enemy! Encourage someone. Pray for someone who isn’t nice to you. Remember you are more than capable. Every time you do, it’s like you’re infiltrating enemy grounds, making your (God’s) territory bigger and stronger.

Break his cycle of hate and self-doubt. Be the stronger enemy!

This article was originally posted on Over The Moon Magazine

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