Who is your Greatest Enemy?

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I received an e-mail a while back posing this question with a commentary.

I then sent out the question to my thinking friends.

Who is your greatest enemy?

Last week I googled ‘Who is your greatest enemy?’ and came up with some answers:

-environment [blog]

-yourself [blog]

-Satan [various sites]

-HIV [indiauncut site]

 -patenting of ideas

-apathy and citizen apathy [blogs]

-intellectual property issues [blog]

-beveraged alcohol [book on E-bay dated 1958]

-time [ezinearticle, salon.com]

-fear [blogs]

-Al Queda

-self importance [quote from Carlos Castaneda]

-smugness [newsweek]

-politics [edu site]

-discouragement [pornnomore.com]

-overconfidence [blogs]

Wow, some pretty diverse answers. I think most people answered my e-mail survey with satan or self.

My answer is self (BTW I can not remember what the article said was the answer, I’m leaning towards satan)

Self is a scary person, it is full of all kinds of evil. Our human nature is toward evil. We are have no good within our self, the Total depavity in the Calvin TULIP.

Romans 7:18 For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh;  for the willing is present in me, but the doing of the good {is} not. 19 For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want.

In all situations when we are hit with evil, what is the first thing we do? We think and perhaps do evil back.

What does our Lord tell us to do?

Come on, you know, say it with me, That’s right, Turn the Other Cheek…

Matthew 5:38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39 “But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever  slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 “If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt,  let him have your coat  also. 41 “Whoever  forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 “Give  to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

And how often do we do this? OK, enough about self, now on to the king of lies

The word devil, is actually used for demons, not the One

http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/search.cgi?word=devil

and Evil one is used 77 times

NAS (77) – bad, 5; crimes, 1; envious, 1; envy, 1; evil, 50; evil one, 5; evil things, 1; malignant, 1; more evil, 1; more wicked, 1; vicious, 1; wicked, 6; wicked man, 1; wicked things, 1; worthless, 1;

but not for the One;

http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=4190

New Testament Satan is the best translation of the One

http://www.searchgodsword.org/lex/grk/view.cgi?number=4566

In the Old Test. Devil is a demon or he-goat or Satyr and satan is an adversary or superhuman adversary.

The devil is only allowed to do what God allows him to do. Job Chapter 1 and 2.

 He is our adversary,  prowls around like a roaring lion ready to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

In Revelation He and his angels fight Michael and his angels and he is thrown down to earth. He is portrayed as a red dragon, with lots of heads and such. Revelation 12.

He can move people to do things. 1 Chron. 21:1

He was standing with God and Joshua to judge him. zech. 3:1-2

He tempted our Lord. He has a kingdom. Matt. 12:26

He was in Peter or before Peter. Matt. 16:23

He fell from heaven like lightning. Luke 10:18

Satan binds people w/sickness. enters into people. demands permission to sift us. He fills peoples hearts to lie. Acts 5:3.

Satan can tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 1 Corin 7:5

What is he allowed to do to people? to believers?

He schemes to take advantage of us. 2 corin 2:11

18We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the one who was born of God keeps him safe, and the evil one cannot harm him. 19We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true—even in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life. 1 John 5:18-20   

What exactly does the bible say about Satan and what have we heard from other sources that just get combined into the whole story of satan.

I know there are plenty more verses about the being we call Satan, I’m sure I haven’t done the study justice.

But the question of the day is ~

What is our greatest enemy?

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About Kristina

51 year old Christian lady, knitter, pet sitter/walker, bible collector, crafter, little business owner, thrill seeker (only when shopping at thrift stores for tremendous bargains) my animals servant, a child of God, saved, redeemed and trying to be joyful in a fallen world.

6 responses »

  1. so would you still say “self”? i might. i think i would. as powerful as satan is, we are more powerful to resist him, through the power of the Holy Spirit.

    so i don’t know. maybe that doesn’t make ourselves the greatest enemy, just the weakest link.

    eh. hmm.

  2. jah. which is why it’s hard to discern whether it’s the world, the flesh, or the devil sometimes. that’s when i start beating myself up, i think: when i think it’s my flesh, but maybe it’s not–not entirely. lots of people are too hung up on what the devil “made” them do, when they really want an excuse not to have to crucify the flesh. i struggle massively (or not enough) w/that, too, of course. but we have an accusor who relishes his role, condemning the saints (deceiving us about our salvation!), and it’s crucial we remember it or we end up attempting works-righteousness!!!

    the truth is–world, flesh, or devil… who cares? we LIKE to listen to all three.

    but any fruit is of the Spirit, and we can ask His help. so. that’s good. sometimes i forget i’m not sposta be trying to work it all out myself. 😛

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  5. Extremists are the Greatest Enemy
    November 23, 2008 by jp50
    Extremists pose the greatest threat regardless of their cause. Radical Muslim fanatics bent on suicide missions are one, but only one example of what Extremist ideology can do. Religious zealotry of all faiths and denominations foment radical, extreme attitudes that result in destructive behaviors across the board.

    But religious or theological extremism are not alone. ANYONE who harbors Extreme, fanatical, radical beliefs, REGARDLESS of the focus, are “demons”. Extreme devotion to, for example, your college football team can breed hatred and violence just as well.

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