In Enemies part 1, we learned about Archenemies. In this post, I’m going to talk about enemies as a whole, the undercover enemy. Remember, when I first gave the spider comparison back in part 1? That little, bitty, spider that has bitten you, left evidence that he was there because you have weeps around where he bit but the spider itself is no where to be found. That’s the undercover enemy and in my humble opinion, the most dangerous of enemies. I say that they are the most dangerous because most of the time, you know them personally, you know them intimately, you know with all your heart and soul but you don’t know of their true nature until they have left the evidence that will reveal that true purpose in your life. Just like that bitty spider, you them, you’ve probably seen them around the walls but thought, “oh it’s not going to bother me, let me leave them alone” and then you wake up one morning and see their bite with the weeps around it letting you know that they were there.
Now, the archenemy is always in control, they know the hero inside and out better than anyone, so they know which numbers to press, how to successfully decimate their target, because they have been trained to focus their venom at one spot and one spot only and they never lose control until that control has been taken away from them by focus. They have nothing to lose. With the undercover enemy, they are more poisonous because they have no control over their venom and most of the time they have everything to lose, so they are going to be a little sneakier than the archenemy. They don’t access the target; they just pull speed ahead and hope for the best, and most of the time, they are just following orders from the big bad, which can be your archenemy. The undercover enemy’s thought process is usually “how can I hate this person, talk bad about them, take them down, and still look like a good guy”
Unfortunately, every human being on earth is or has been the undercover enemy at some point. Everybody got that one person that they want to take down, expose them, talk about them behind their back, etc…ok I’ll admit, I’m guilty of this and I’ve also seen this behavior on these wife types reality tv shows (*cough* real housewives…which is still a guilty pleasure of mine to watch sometimes). But what is supposed to separate those in Christ from the worldly folk is how we deal with these issues when they come up. You’re response to situations is more important to the situation itself. The situation is usually a test; a test of your faith, test of your will power, test to see if you can be trusted, etc. As a Christian, I know that I receive a conviction of what I did from the Holy Spirit that lets me know that,
a) I’ve just offended God and my target
b) I’m out of the will of God, which means I’m out of fellowship with him at the moment
c) I need to confess what I’ve done to God and make things right
Sometimes, I’ll apologize right away and then sometimes, I’ll be in complete stubborn denial (aka a big baby) and will try to process why I did what I did, think it over, see if I received some satisfaction from what I did that was wrong, and then ultimately (especially after a cool-down moment from being one hot gal), I’ll apologize and go pray to confess what I did and own up to it.
Now, I know you probably thought that I would spend the entire post giving another popular culture type example to prove the point or just bash enemies; yeah I couldn’t do that. It would be hypocritical of me to write this post and not admit that I’m guilty of being an undercover enemy. I have a lot to lose when I’m found out but even when I’m acting like a fool, I can go to the Father and ask for forgiveness provided that I confess and agree what I did was wrong.
1 John 1:9 states that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from unrighteousness”
When I was without Christ in my life as a teenager (I got saved when I was 20), I only had my born, fleshy conscious to go by, with a human sense of right and wrong based on what was required of me as a human. When I gave my life to the Lord, the mindset became different, of course. Remember our reaction to how we are struck is the important thing.
I’ll leave you with what Paul wrote to the Romans about how we should treat our enemies:
14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
17 Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
18 If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.