The Goal of the Enemy
“The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them.”
Exodus 15:9 (KJV)
Today, we begin a study of the enemy. Remember, there is more than just one enemy that we are fighting in this life. We are fighting the world (its pressures and influences), the flesh (its desires and wants), and the devil (his devices and wiles). Before discussing the origin of the enemy, I want to talk about the goal of the enemy.
In war, the enemy’s goal is always to pursue the other side. Many conquistadors often used a “divide and conquer” strategy, which was a very successful method for overtaking the other nation that they were fighting.
In Scripture, we see the same approach used by our spiritual adversary (i.e. Satan). Exodus 15:9a says, “The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;” First of all, the enemy will pursue us. Notice how the verse doesn’t say, “I might pursue.” It says, I WILL PURSUE.
The world, the flesh, and the devil will pursue us until the day we leave this earth. Their goal in pursuing us, however, is to overtake us. This is where many Christians struggle today.
The devil can never have our souls, because we are saved. But do you really believe that the Devil is just going to sit back and let us alone while we are on our way to Heaven? NO! The enemy is always plotting, always scheming, ready to work his next device.
Christian, do not be fooled, THE ENEMY WANTS TO OVERTAKE YOU, and he will use WHATEVER MEANS possible to do so. Whether it be the hellevision, the Internet, the radio, a magazine, a book–you get the picture. The enemy doesn’t just want to fiddle around with us, he wants to overtake us.
Don’t give in to the enemy. Be valiant! Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Have your loins girt about with truth and stand on the Word of God! We have the victory! But thanks be unto God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ! Don’t act like you are defeated. Act like a conqueror! ” Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.” (Romans 8:37)