Day 3 of 6
The Enemy Of Your Soul
Now that you have taken the time to grasp the fact that you are so much more than what you do or what you possess, let us take a look at the one who is after our identity. When we look at the creation of man we recognize that God made man in His image giving man a part of His own life and then God called the man a living soul. God identified the man as having His image and likeness, then he went on to tell man what his duties were – (Genesis 1:28 MSG). So we can reason that God identified man as being like Him and then set him on his duties. Adam and Eve were not identified by their job description. They were identified as being in God’s image and likeness. It is very important we understand our identity is in God because we have an enemy that understands it better than we know.
Many scholars believe that before man was created, Lucifer was an archangel of God, described as being beautiful and in charge of worship in Heaven. His important position in Heaven put him in close proximity with God. But the Bible tells us pride was found in him. He wanted the place of God which led to his removal from his high position, stripped of his beauty, and cast to the dark realm. So when God created man in His image and likeness, it angered Satan. His main focus now is to destroy the sons of God. He is relentless in making sure we never understand who we are and the power made available to us through the covenant blood of Jesus Christ. In the middle of perfection, Satan found a way in to entice and enslave Adam and Eve with his lies. He is described as a thief, a murderer, and a destroyer (John 10:10). He is called our enemy and a fake lion (1 Peter 5:8). He is also called a hater of truth (John 8:44).
With such strong titles, I don’t believe he is joking about hating us. He is very subtle and cunning. He does not make himself known as evil but presents himself through thoughts that are weaved with lies and some truth. He loves to make us reason, doubt, and question God’s character and word. As long as he is speaking, he is lying because he is the father of lies. (John 8:44). He will stop at nothing to make sure you never come into your identity in Christ but I am thankful that God will open your eyes to see yourself with value and worth in Christ Jesus. As you sit at your Heavenly Father’s feet today ponder the magnitude of your identity and ask Abba to help you recognize the enemy of your soul so that you can stand strong whenever he lurks to pull you away from who you really are.
“The enemy of our soul thrives on keeping us in darkness and unable to live in the fullness God created us to be.” Dr. Michelle Bengtson.
Moreover the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyre, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord God ; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
Ezekiel 28:11-17 KJV
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
Isaiah 14:12-15 KJV
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 KJV
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:44 KJV