“But take diligent heed to do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the Lord charged you, to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commandments, and to cleave unto Him, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul…” (Josh. 22:5).
Identifying the enemy (inner me). Situations in life have a funny way of showing us who we really are. The depth of our true nature. The shallowness of our character. The difficulty of our personality. They are all intricately knitted together to form who we really are internally.
To the audience on the outside looking in, we have it all together. To those who profess to know us best, we can do no wrong. But realistically speaking, is any of it descriptive of who we really are?
For instance, the things we do once the spotlight is no longer on us. Maybe it is taking a sip from our flask. Or it could be sneaking onto the computer late at night while everyone else is asleep. It could possibly be placing our hands into someone else’s financial portfolio to cover our trail of theft. It could be any number of things…
As believers, the thing that matters most is being the same person in public as we are in the privacy of our homes. We often isolate and identify someone else as our enemy, but in reality, we often hold that place of being our own worse enemy.
Our actions, conversations, and yes, even our thoughts can undermine the very best of our intentions. We allow these things to govern our interactions with others, including God. However, we never pay close attention to how these things can become corrupt over time.
One sure way of confronting this enemy within is through allowing God’s Word to challenge us daily. For instance, accepting this challenge would require us to look internally and to be honest with ourselves.
To put it another way, it would require us to ask ourselves and to provide answers to the difficult questions that may surface. Can we truly be honest with ourselves? Equally important, are we willing to admit we have made some bad decisions? Not to mention, are we okay with making the necessary adjustments to confront this enemy within?
Honest and truthful self-reflection in the light of God’s Word is the first step leading to freedom from the clutches of our enemy (inner me). The power of identifying our enemy (inner me) frees us to walk after God wholeheartedly. In other words, it also makes room for a “better me.” There is always room growth…we need only be willing to take the first step.
Sean Mungin, author of “The Thorn In The Flesh”