Know who your enemy is!
When we read the word, we see where we are up against a very shrewd opponent. The bible says in Ephesians chapter six verse 11, "put on the full armor of God, so you can take your stand against the Devils schemes." The devil would like nothing more than the demise of the human race. The term keep your friends close and your enemies closer, he probably lives by the second half of that saying. He's not for you, he doesn't like you, and he would like to see you fail, to put your head in the ground and to never look towards God again.
The devil makes Temptation look like a good idea . We see this in Genesis chapter three when Adam and Eve were tempted with the fruit. Verse 4 in that chapter he says this, " You will not certainly die". He continues in verse 5 "for God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God knowing good and evil."
Made It look desirable for gaining wisdom. Of course he only told half of the story. God was talking a spiritual death and we do know good and evil from that event, that's why bad things happen.
Back in Ephesians, Paul tells us in chapter six verse 12. "For our struggle is not with 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."
In today's world we see alot of anger and hostility between people we've seen it for years. Racism, and problems with the cops to list a couple, This is all created by our enemy so he can stand back and watch us tear each other apart.
But not to worry because in chapter 3 in Genesis, when God was handing out punishments. He told the serpent (devil),"I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head and he will strike your heel. Jesus dieing on the cross was the serpent striking his heal, and Jesus rising from the dead is the serpent's head being crushed. Jesus conquered death so we have a chance, without him we can't save ourselves and would be doomed to the sin we live in.
"For the wages of sin are death, but the gift of God is eternal life through our Lord Jesus Christ." Romans 6:23