The Real Enemy


“And a man’s enemies will be the members of his household” (Matthew 10:36).

Among other things, our Lord Jesus reveals one of the devil’s strategies against Christians in this scripture. Who is the Christian’s principal foe? Who wants to see us dead and all our dreams destroyed? Who wants to see our marriages wrecked and our family relationships marred beyond restoration? It is Satan; it is Satan who is at the root of evil against God’s people (1 Peter 5:8, Ephesians 6:12).

In heeding the Bible’s warning to be vigilant against the devil, we tend to look in distant circles for his activities. We look at non-Christians or nominal Christians; we look at the difficult colleague at work or the mean boss. But in Matthew 10:36, our Lord Jesus Christ tells us that a major field of demonic conflict in our lives will be our own homes.

Home is the one place where our guards are down and we feel relaxed. It is the place where our hearts are attached, and where we seek solace, comfort, and companionship. Unfortunately, home can also be the one place where we are easy prey for the devil—pretty much like when a soldier is taking a break after a long day on the battlefield.

So what do we do? Do we keep our guards and walls up in our own homes? Do we refuse to love and trust lest we be hurt? Do we avoid delving deep into each others lives just to avoid conflict? I believe that doing any of these would be counter-productive and would compromise God’s purposes for placing us in families. Rather than take such steps, we should purpose to push the devil out of our homes. We should ask the Lord to help us put on His armor and with it drive the wicked one outside the physical and spiritual boundaries of our families.

Satan’s strategies are diverse, intricate, and laced with deception. It is only through God’s light that we can truly discern them. Very often, we see their outcome and ignorantly lay the blame in all the wrong places, but we need the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the truth about our circumstances. We also need God’s armor of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and the Word of God, plus Holy Spirit led prayer and watchfulness to enable us stand successfully against all the strategies and deceits of the devil (Ephesians 6:11-18).

Friends, we need love and breakthrough in our homes so that we can enjoy our families as God intends. May God grant this to us through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Meditate on this: In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides]. Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and deceits of the devil (Ephesians 6: 10-11 Amplified Bible).

Pray: Dear Lord, please empower me against the enemy of my soul. Clothe me with your armor so that I may be able to repossess every ground that Satan has stolen within my home. Strengthen me so that I am able to keep him outside my family perpetually; make every member of my family vigilant and able to resist his lures. I thank you in advance for victory through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Revealed by Fire


God permits certain difficulties in our lives in order to reveal traits that we or others may not know exist. When those traits are negative, we are essentially faced with two choices: acknowledge them and seek God’s deliverance or indulge them and suffer loss.

Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

—1 Corinthians 3:12–15

A simple sacrifice


The greatest sacrifice, or most acceptable offering, that a Christian can give to God is not outstanding works, or impactful acts of service, done in His name but a heart that’s yielded and obedient to Him.

The Lord Jesus Christ did not give His Father sacrifices and offerings but a heart that was fully obedient to His will. As a result, His Father performed mighty works through Him, including the redemption of humanity.

“When Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me; in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.’” (Hebrews 10:5–7).

So, give God all of your heart and strive to be obey Him fully. These are the core sacrifices He requires from you.

Faith builders

Though permitted by God for growth, significant challenges can either build or destroy our faith depending on how we respond. If we choose to believe in who God is and trust Him no matter what, our faith will grow substantially in the face of trials. But if we allow setbacks to cause us to doubt God’s faithfulness, we will lose the ability to trust Him and thereby lose the strength to overcome.

But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

—Hebrews 11:6