Enemy

Recognize the Enemy

There are few things more awkward in this world than not recognizing someone… especially when they seem to know you so well.

We’ve all be there. We are walking through the grocery store or exploring the county fair, when suddenly, from across the way, someone waves enthusiastically and shouts our name.

We glance at them and… Nothing. “Who the heck is that?” We wonder. We respond, pseudo-confidently. “Um, oh hey… YOU…” 

Maybe it’s a former co-worker, or a church member, or a high school classmate. Regardless, we feel awkward. And taken by surprise.

The same thing happens in our daily lives when it comes to recognizing our enemy– that’s right, the evil one, Satan. (You might know him from my references here at 7 Days Time as that “Big stupid jerkface.”)

Recognizing the enemy of our soul takes a lot of practice… but the more in tune we are with God, the easier it becomes.

John 10:10 reminds us that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” So when things are, um, hitting the fan, it might be time to take a good look at who is causing that, so you aren’t caught awkward, uncomfortable or even hurt by our enemy’s advances. 

Let me give you a real-life example. Several weeks ago on a Sunday, I woke up in a MOOD. All you ladies know what I mean. (And all you dudes probably do too. YIKES.) I was just… funky. We were still living in a hotel waiting for our house on post to become available, so things weren’t ideal. I was extra short and snappy with my husband, and I could feel the non-typical anger and frustration rising… For no reason at all.

We headed to church… And got lost on the way. We had been there before, but were still new to the area. Weirdly enough, our GPS led us in the completely wrong direction and even though my internal compass was flashing the warning light, I wasn’t sure enough with my directions to contribute anything productive. (There’s apparently a huge difference between 23rd Street SE and 23rd Street SW. SIGH.)

So, we were 20 minutes late to church, the baby was crying, I was furious at my husband (although this wasn’t fault) and I wanted nothing more than to say “Screw this!” (pardon my French) and head back to the hotel. Suddenly, I realized… This was NOT our doing. The enemy was hard at work trying to jack up our Sunday and keep us from setting down roots in our new church home. He wanted to ruined a precious day of family time and keep us mad at each other… Kill, steal, destroy. HELLO. Before I could say anything, my husband piped up and said “I think we need to pray. The enemy has ahold of our hearts right now.”

We prayed and boom. Our Sunday was saved. We recognized the enemy (before it was too late,) invited God into our situation and He gave us the weapons of warfare we needed to immediately stop his evil advances.

This is a discipline that takes lots and lots of practice. Sometimes, we still miss it and we get in deep before we stop and say, “Hey, wait a minute… Something isn’t right…” And right there, we recognize that the enemy is all up in our Kool-aid wreaking havoc on our hearts.

Do you recognize the enemy when he’s at work? What can we do to make that recognition quicker/stronger so that we can reduce that big dumb jerkface’s power over us? In what situation do you need to be extra alert? I would love to hear feedback… Comment below.

Take heart, dear friends. Yes, we live in a fallen world. Yes, we live in a world where we aren’t ALWAYS going to recognize that old classmate or co-worker.  But when it comes to recognizing Satan’s work, we can stand close to Jesus.  He will not only help us realize when we are under attack, but also give us daily victories over the enemy.

Because let’s be honest… the more we recognize Christ in our daily lives, the quicker we can recognize (and defeat!) the evil one. And really, there’s no one else I would rather have on my team than Jesus.

We best recognize,
SGK

 “If God is for us, who can be against us?” ~Romans 8:31 NIV

Weapons Rack, Mighty Weapon Rack of Castle Grayskull

Bring it on, Satan. God give us weapons even cooler and more dangerous than these…
(Via Marc Thomas @ Flickr)

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Do Not Call List

Beep, beep.

“Oh, hang on, just a second, I’ve got another call coming in… It’s a number I don’t recognize, I better take this.”

I am thankful that we live in a era of caller ID. However, it is completely against my army wife heart to ever ignore calls from “unknown numbers” or a random call from someone other than in my phonebook… especially when my beloved and I are separated by duty. I never know what time of day he might call, on what line and what the number looks might look like.

This is a double-edged sword. Every now and then, I will answer and it will be that voice I long to hear… “Hey Lover…” <eeeeee!!>

But on most occasions, it is someone with less than profound news. Or worse. A telemarketer.

Phone call from a friend!

I am not sure where the “Do Not Call” list went to, but I think I need it back for my cell phone. I admit, I don’t get too many rando “Let-me-sell-you-this-because-you-can’t-live-without-it-calls,” but it does happen.

You can almost always tell when it is someone trying to sell you something or REsell you something you recently cancelled. (AKA: our cable. We recently cancelled our cable, but for that company and they way they have called me back, you would think I did it “accidentally” and they are trying to save me from a life lacking expensive television shows I never watch.)

But I digress.

So yes, you can almost always guess once you answer how the call is going to go down. My personal fav is the one saying that I have won a cruise, but they start the conversation with the blowing of a ship horn in my ear. Really? Others take a few seconds to give themselves away. I can always tell by that three second pause while the computer is routing it to a real person, and that real person is trying to figure out how to say my name… “Is this… uh… Mrs… Uh… Share-I-DAaa K-now-blotch?”

Click. That was easy.

But sometimes it isn’t that easy. I start to listen. And to get out of this conversation that I didn’t want to be in to start with, I have to play the “heifer” card. “I AM NOT INTERESTED. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” CLICK.

How many times do we fall into this same trap with our conversations with God? We can be talking away with Him, having a grand old time, really having a heart-to-heart… then we heart that distant “beep… beep…” ringing in our ear. Another call. It’s the Enemy.

Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to sometimes put our “call” with God and hold just to see what The Enemy wants. We don’t do it on purpose. It just kinda happens.

But the minute we start to listen to half-truth-lies of the The Enemy, we begin to start talking ABOUT God instead of TO God. Then, before we know it, we are buying the sales pitch hook, line and sinker.

So how do we avoid buying this pitch from the sneaky enemy? We ignore the call. We stay on the phone with God. The closer we are to Christ, in communion with Him, living in His presence, the less susceptible we will be to Satan’s call, messages and sale pitch.

When it comes to conversations with God, there is no such thing as call waiting. Stay on the phone with him and put the Enemy and his message permanently on the “Do Not Call” list.

God is #1 on my Speed Dial,

SGK

“All believers, come here and listen, let me tell you what God did for me. I called out to him with my mouth, my tongue shaped the sounds of music. If I had been cozy with evil, the Lord would never have listened. But he most surely did listen, he came onthe double when he heard my prayer. Blessed be God: he didn’t turn a deaf ear, he stayed with me, loyal in his love.” –Psalm 66:16-20

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The Enemy Doesn’t Wear Combat Boots

We are all fighting a battle. Some of us more than one. As an army wife (specifically: Infantryman/current Drill Sergeant’s wife), it sometimes seems like the battles are never-ending. I battle with maintaining patience, changing schedules, miscommunication, all while attempting to continually support my Beloved Husband in his quest to defend this mighty country against all enemies, foreign and domestic. But whether you are an army spouse, doctor’s spouse, farmer’s spouse or any son or daughter of Christ,  we are all fighting the same spiritual Enemy.

The Enemy (Satan) is a big dumb jerkface. But man, he is unfortunately good at his job to wreak havoc in our lives. He is always in our grill, waiting for those blessed challenges that God presents in our lives so that he can sneak attack us with those whispers: “You aren’t good enough. You can’t do this. You deserve better.” AHHHH! Just typing those words made my stomach flop. Those dang whispers can invoke feelings of self-pity, selfishness, depression, doubt etc… which all lead to sin and subsequently distract our eyes from heaven.

But dear friend, do not despair! There is hope! God doesn’t leave us unequipped– he gives us the tools and attire to combat this enemy. His love and word are the best weapons. I had this thought during my CRAVE time at church the other day. Have you ever snuck up on somebody when they were standing up and thwacked them in the back of the knee? What happened? That’s right, their knees buckled. I think the enemy does this too– he sneaks up, thwacks us in the back of the knees, and we fall forward… to the ground… on our knees.

When he knocks us to our knees, we have two choices: fall face down, roll over to his advances and give up… or engage in spiritual warfare via prayer. I once saw a quote: “When I fall on my knees, I can stand up to anything.” Amen to that. Sometimes when we are knocked down, it might take us a few moments (minutes? days? months?) to recover and get back in combat prayer position. A few (dozen) tears, kleenexes, foot stomps, fist hits and pieces of chocolate might be involved before that point– but we get there. Thank God.

One of the ways that I put on my “combat boots” to ward off those dreaded whispers is to read the Drill Sergeant Spouse’s creed every morning OUT LOUD after my quiet time with the Lord. It reminds me WHY and HOW God called me here… And it reminds the enemy that God has called me to this, God IS faithful and help me fight to do it!

I AM A DRILL SERGEANT SPOUSE. 

I understand the important mission of the Drill Sergeant and will assist and support my spouse in each effort to train highly motivated, well disciplined, physically and mentally fit soldiers, who will be the guardians of liberty for my country, my family and myself. 

I recognize that the many hours away from family are spent in training soldiers to survive. I understand that my spouse’s temporary separations from me result in trained and disciplined soldiers, ensuring that they will not be separated from their families by needless death or preventable casualty. 

I strive to be patient when I am treated like a trainee, when dinners are missed and special occasions slip by unnoticed. I gently remind my spouse of family obligations and the fact that we are friends and companions with common goals for a shared future. 

I will not allow my Drill Sergeant to quit. I will encourage my spouse to carry on with assigned duties in the face of exacting regulations, the continual stress of long hours and the extraordinary physical demands of Drill Sergeant Duty. 

I believe that by loving my spouse now, through selfless service, tender patience and expressions of understanding support, we will succeed, our lives will be blessed and at the end of the trail, we will find greater love and deeper caring for us to celebrate together.

But first, last and always, I am a military spouse, duty bound by the highest traditions of the Army and honor bound by the sacred marriage oath to support and sustain my spouse through sickness or health, for richer or poorer, whether together or separated by calls of duty, so long as we both shall live. 

I AM A DRILL SERGEANT SPOUSE. 

I don’t know what your combat boots look like. Maybe its a prayer, a piece of jewelry, a picture, a tattoo, a person or something written in dry-erase on your bathroom mirror.  But I do know that we could all use that eventual pick-me-up when the devil knocks us off our feet. That comes through prayer and strength through Christ. We  are all engaged in combat… and we have to give the enemy the BOOT.

The Enemy doesn’t wear combat boots– or at least not the ones issued by God. Because The Lord loves us so much, He issues each us our own special, personalized pair to combat this terrible enemy. We might struggle today, but the victory is already won!!

Fighting for Him,

SGK

“God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.” –Ephesians 6:10-12 (MSG)


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