In a competition against someone, chances are not probable that you will choose a game/sport that you have never played or know nothing about! You’re going to choose something of familiarity…something that you know the ins and outs of, with your eyes closed.
Our adversary, Satan is no different. When he plans he attack against us, he doesn’t employ love, truth or kindness, his weapons of choice are worry, fear and anxiety. He is excellent at hitting us where it hurts, giving us a virtual theatre to play out our worst fears. “You’ll never make it, and when you don’t, this how your life will fall apart.” & “You’re irretrievably broken, look at all the times you have had a ‘fresh start’” to name a few. These visions of demise are always so vivid and real, putting 2 Corinthians 5:7 NIV to the absolute test.
Satan is great at imposing stress and insecurity into our lives, because he knows the feeling all too well. His endgame of disintegration is just about as cemented as Lot’s wife and the layers of sediment on the ocean’s floors. He’s been nervous about how rough his end is going to be since he was promptly ejected out of heaven, which if it’s anything like Romans 16:20 MSG says (“… the God of peace will come down on Satan with both feet, stomping him into the dirt.”), then he has ample grounds to be worried! Like most villains, Satan wasn’t evil from the beginning. He was actually an angel that dwelled with and worshipped God, until one day he became unsure of his identity and bumped his head on an evil ego rock, knocking him unconscious. When Lucifer woke a few hours later, he declared to himself, “I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High”, Isaiah 14:14 NIV and the rest is history.
If you go read Isaiah 14, it won’t read about Satan being knocked unconscious, I just applied my own embellishments on how he went from riches to rags, for personal understanding. At any rate, dissecting Satan into the feeble, fearful failure that he is, helps us to decrease him in our eyes and increase Jesus in our spirits.
Now, in light of all that, do we even have an enemy or it is just the shadow of a stuffed animal?