We know who our enemy is. It’s Satan. And we know what he wants to take from us or we think we do. He wants to take our health. He wants to take our money, our financial security. He wants to destroy our relationships. He wants to take all of that and more. Or so we think.
I think he has a different goal in mind and those other things are just a means to that end. I think his design is to steal the fruit of the Spirit from our lives. You know the verses from Galatians 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
He wants to take love and replace it with hate. He wants to take joy and replace it with depression. He wants to take peace and replace it with fear. Right down the line. He wants to replace each with its opposite.
Oh sure. He wants to destroy our faith. But if he can’t do that he will settle for stealing the fruit of the Spirit from our lives. For without the fruit we have nothing to give the world. We call it our witness, our testimony. The fruit of the Spirit is God’s particular stamp on us. It is His imprint on our lives. The fruit of the Spirit shows the world who Jesus really is. It shows who God is. Without it we can have a testimony of the greatest, most miraculous salvation and still have nothing to give the world.
So now you know. You know what the enemy wants to do. Don’t let him.