People are getting up in arms over their own hatred of others. It’s astounding the killings that are happening every day. White policemen are not the enemy. Black males in poverty are not the enemy. Mentally unstable folks are not the enemy. Isis is not the enemy. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). Our enemy is Satan and his desperate attempt at controlling your emotions and mind. Satan works through people just like the Holy Spirit works through Christians. So why not just ignore him? He is strong and persuasive especially to the spiritually weak. Just think about it, Satan was able to convince Judas Iscariot to betray Jesus, even though he was one of his closest friends. John 13:2 “The evening meal was being served, and the devil had already prompted Judas Iscariot, son of Simon, to betray Jesus.” John 13:27 “As soon as Judas took the bread, Satan entered into him”.
Some people are vulnerable and are easily overtaken by Satan who feeds their hatred, anger, jealousy, greed and envy, and some folks are just willing to be used as an instrument of destruction. How do we fight against them? Satan is more powerful than any human being. We cannot resist him on our own. The only resistance we have is with the Holy Spirit working through us. Satan knows Jesus is going to destroy him soon. He is afraid. All the demons are afraid. Matthew 8:29 gives us a glimpse of how the demons respond to Jesus, “What do you want with us, Son of God?” they shouted. “Have you come here to torture us before the appointed time?”
Our only hope to fight the evil in this world is to pray to God for healing, to treat others with compassion and love. We need to be more vocal about God’s love and compassion until it shatters the evil energy that hovers in the atmosphere.