People have asked why I wrote the book, Defeating the Enemy. The short answer is because I want to see Christians win! I want to see the body of Christ walk in power and victory! So many members of Christ’s body live in consistent inconsistency.
What I learned many years ago as a member of the KCPD is incredibly relevant spiritually. Defeating an enemy you can see is not all that different from defeating the one you can’t see. If you want to defeat your enemy, you must understand his strategy. 2 Corinthians 2:11 says, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.” For many Christians, that’s not true. And Satan continues to take advantage of them because they are ignorant of his devices.
The good news is with a little Christian Intelligence on the Adversary (CIA), our warfare with him is entirely winnable because he’s entirely predictable. To use a little jargon from my former life, we know his M.O. – his Method of Operation. The same moves he put on Eve in Genesis 3 are the same moves he now uses on you and me in the 21st century!
Like so many Christians today, I had lived for years in spiritual mediocrity, partial victory, and at times complete captivity. The New Testament describes what ought to be the normal Christian life as life “abundantly” (John 10:10), lived in “victory” (1 Corinthians 15:55) and always “triumphantly” (2 Corinthians 2:14). Most Christians, like the generation of Hebrews, delivered from Egyptian tyranny, get stuck halfway. They were delivered from Egyptian slavery but never made it all the way to the “land that flowed with milk and honey.” They lived and died in the wilderness of “mediocrity.” Instead of possessing the Promised Land with its beauty and bounty, they chose to stay in the wilderness and live like they were still in captivity even though God had delivered it to them already.
Why do so many Christians live that way? Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Christians know they’ve been delivered from sin’s penalty, but they don’t know how to be delivered from sin’s power. They know Jesus has died for their sin and rose again so they can be forgiven, but they don’t know how to be delivered from their self-made prisons. The depression, dysfunction, addiction, or some other life-controlling issue has kept them from possessing their Promised Land spiritually – what Jesus called “life abundantly.”
Even though they’ve been delivered from Satan’s tyranny at Calvary, they continue, like those ancient Hebrews, to live like they’re still in captivity. They are not aware of Satan’s devices or just how active he really is in their life. Ephesians 6:12 says, “We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Clearly, the Apostle Paul is teaching we wrestle with demons, probably daily. While many Christians believe in Satan theologically, they really don’t believe in him practically.
It’s time to go further than just knowing intellectually about Satan theologically, we need to learn how to defeat him in our lives daily. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” Why did I write the book? Because Satan is already a defeated enemy, and it’s time to take back some enemy territory.