One of the biggest dangers of drama is that it turns us into enemies. Or at least makes us treat each other that way for a while. And sometimes, we take our focus off the real enemy.
God’s word tells us that we share a common enemy.
Your enemy isn’t your husband, your kids, or your in-laws. It’s not the woman at church who judges your outfit or parenting. It’s not even your facebook friend who posts political messages, or non-Christians. In short, your true enemy probably isn’t the person you’re arguing with.
Paul makes it very clear that Satan is our enemy. Ephesians 6:12 tells us specifically that “our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities,against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
God’s word tells us, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8).
God’s word calls us to be alert. When we see accurately that Satan is the enemy, and that we are involved in an intense battle of spiritual warfare, then we hit our knees! Because it’s only through the power of the Holy Spirit and authority of Christ that we can overcome.
Satan knows this. He knows the power that we have living in us. So he wants to confuse us, distract us, and divide us.
Corrie Ten Boom once said, “It’s a poor soldier indeed who fails to recognize the enemy.”
When Satan can convince us that our Christian brothers and sisters, our family or neighbors are the enemy, then prayer often goes out the window. Discernment goes out the window as we give up Spiritual armor and resort to weapons of the flesh instead—one of the most powerful of which is the tongue.
When we reach that point, Satan is winning the battle in our lives.
He knows we are more powerful together (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12). He would much rather see Christians fighting amongst themselves over petty, non-eternal differences than to see us likeminded and united for a Kingdom purpose.
Remember Paul’s call to “avoid foolish disputes, knowing that they demonstrate strife” (2 Timothy 2:23).
Drama in our lives weakens us ad individuals and as a community. It distracts us from our purpose in Christ and our enemy in the devil. It gives satan a foothold. We’ve already talked about how the motivation to involve ourselves in these petty disputes doesn’t come from God. Instead, when we choose to take part in petty arguments and disputes, the drama that is running so rampant in our lives…we are inviting Satan into our hearts and lives for a moment.
James 4:7 says “Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee.” We have the power of the Holy Spirit living inside us. Through Him, we have authority over Satan. But we have to make that choice, daily, in everything we do.
The next time you’re faced with a situation where you’re tempted to defend yourself, or attack another. The next time you’re ready to engage in petty disputes, I challenge you to resist the devil. And watch as he flees, and leaves your life and heart in a more peaceful state.