How do we foil the enemy, that deceiver and father of lies? By neither fearing him nor forgetting him.
Jesus said, "The road is narrow that leads to life." I believe the road is narrow when it comes to spiritual warfare as well, with large attractive ditches on both sides.
On one side, we can fear the enemy, giving him undue attention. How often do we give the enemy credit for things we accomplished all by ourselves? ("The devil made me do it," anyone?) The devil is real, not merely a lame mascot for a Tempe school, but he is a defeated foe. As Martin Luther's famous hymn states, "One little word subdues him." Satan can't hold a candle to Jesus.
On the other side, we can forget the enemy, going about our merry little ways as if there's no battle underway. If Jesus felt the need to pray prayers of protection from the enemy (he did... right in John 17... twice), then surely we ought to do the same. This defeated foe can still reek havoc by piling on when we're vulnerable. Whether we were the sinner or the sinned against, he's right there serving up juicy lies for us to enjoy.
The enemy's chief strategy is to divide and conquer. Through the Holy Spirit, let's foil him through our unity.
Dave Drum, Founder
PS In recognition of the battlefield, we're launching a new monthly prayer gathering at our J17 office - see
for more info. One reason for this urgency is ... the Donkey Elephant War - see below for that new column.