"...the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony. . ." (Rev. 12:10-11) (NASB)

Every Christian, no matter your denomination or the size of your Bible encounters enemy activity in some area of our lives. Regardless of how long we have walked with the Lord, our enemy, the devil, constantly stands against any facet of God's spiritual authority. When I did some research into the word "enemy" I found out there are at least 4 different uses of it in scripture; but the common denominator seemed to be opposition. From beginning to end the Word of God makes references to those who faced opposition from the devil himself, or from people who stood in opposition to God's vessel.

We just concluded a revival at my church that focused specifically on the family, and the different ways the devil will attack the family unit. The speaker did not leave, though, without telling us how to stand, or face down, the enemy of our marriages and families. He talked about binding and loosing, and calling demonic spirits by name. according to where they have chosen to operate. How do you face down the enemy attacking your finances, your marriage, on your job, the relationship you have with your children, in your ministry, and a host of other areas of human endeavor? When the enemy boldly tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus just as boldly faced him down with the Word of God. The prophet Elijah found himself facing down the enemy in the person of Jezebel. Elijah remained true to the mission God had assigned to him, and kept prophesying. When Nehemiah went back to rebuild the wall at Jerusalem he faced very real and intentional opposition. But he kept working - sometimes with a weapon in one hand and a tool in the other. King Jehoshaphat faced down the enemy with prayer and praise. He and all of Judah praised God ON THE WAY to the battle ground. As they did so, God set ambushments against their enemies, who all rose up against, and destroyed one another.

Are you facing the devil himself or a person (or situation) operating in conjunction with him? I hope our reference text above will guide you. Begin to stand up in your authority as a child of God and plead the blood of Jesus. Then line up your words with scripture. In other words, don't always tell God about your battle - He already knows what you're facing. Begin to tell your battle about God, and His ability to bring you out of your dilemma. Face down the enemy with praise and with worship. Don't just think it, speak it! The enemy can't read your thoughts, but he can hear what you say! I challenge every reader to call out the enemy. God has given you authority (Luke 10:19), and you hold the keys to your deliverance.

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Comment by Stevo on September 2, 2011 at 4:56am
But don't forget what Jude said about facing spiritual authority...
Comment by Donna R. Patrick on September 2, 2011 at 2:46pm
There's a lot in Jude.  Which verses are you referring to?
Comment by Stevo on September 3, 2011 at 5:04am
The part about how you should treat the spiritual world.
Comment by Donna R. Patrick on September 3, 2011 at 3:34pm

When people use the word "spiritual" I don't assume they are talking about the Holy Spirit.  There are many spirits in the world and all of them are not holy.  So when you say "spiritual" what are YOU talking about? 

Are you speaking of Verses 8-9?

Jude warns against false teachers, urges us to defend the truth of the Gospel, encourages us to pray according to the Holy Spirit's direction, teaches about people who live by their own instincts without the Holy Spirit living on the inside of them, how we are living in the last days with people doing all kinds of evil, and building our lives on a holy faith.

 

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Comment by Stevo on September 4, 2011 at 2:14am

Jude warns us not to take spiritual beings, even Satan, lightly. Jude calls them "glorious ones" and "authorites" in verses 8-10. 

 

James didn't say "face down Satan", he said, "resist the Devil and he will flee from you." He is much much more powerful than us and is given spiritual authority by God. We aren't here to face him down. Peter said that we should "resist him, firm in your faith". 

 

I'm just saying, be careful how you characterize things in this context.

 

The idea of facing down the devil reminds me of a standoff where we "stand up" to Satan. Some of your examples are good ones - of standing up to falsehood etc. But the title of the thread, "Face Down the Enemy" seems counter to how we are instructed how to respond to Satan himself.

Comment by Donna R. Patrick on September 4, 2011 at 4:12am

I appreciate your comments.  My title does not suggest that we face the enemy in our own power, nor does it suggest we back down to satan's power.  The Word gives us weapons to fight the devil.  What James said FIRST, is "submit yourself to God."  THEN he says, "resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  He places OUR responsibility first.  Until we submit ourselves to God, we have nothing to resist with.  "Face Down the Enemy" may be a radical title, but nowhere do I suggest that we do it in our own power. We either face him squarely with the weapons God has given us, and gain the victory, or we back down and remain defeated.. 

I am hoping that the title is inviting enough for readers to open it and see where I went with it.  It might make someone think, and perhaps open their hearts to search the Word about how they can gain victory over the enemy in their own lives. The reason I use scripture before the actual post is so that readers will get an idea of where I'm going.

Comment by Stevo on September 4, 2011 at 5:52am

I think its a sensational subject as presented, and as such, it begs us to focus on the enemy instead of what God wants us to focus on.

 

The mention of spiritual warfare in Ephesians 6 and II Cor 10 bear little resemblance to what you're describing. Spiritual warfare and resistance are not about facing the enemy at all.

 

The armor, as mentioned in Ephesians has nothing to do with facing anyone, it's a big metaphor designed make us realize that by focusing on faith, righteousness, truth, the Word of God etc., we will not be taken down by Satan's schemes. I don't need to know the name of any demon and I don't need to face Satan in any way. In fact, Paul's trying to get our eyes off our enemy and back into the Word where it ought to be.

 

In II Cor, it's about countering thoughts and opinions (falsehood) that are contrary to truth.

 

I know you're trying to get people to think, that's a good thing. 

 

 

 

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