An enemy is one who feels hatred toward, intends injury to, or opposes the interests of another person. There are enemies at the gate of each and every community. We are surrounded by forces that want to destroy our homes, our families, our marriages, our businesses and our very lives and these are our enemies at the gate. If you don’t recognize his evil presence he appears as logic, or human wisdom. His influence seems innocent enough and we play right into his hands. His work is a painful reality among us and we therefore need to put up a fight against him. You need to know that there are enemies at the gate who are watching at you and what you are doing, and therefore you should not celebrate before or near success since your enemy is targeting you.
Signs which the enemies will employ to fight you (Believers) (Isaiah 36)
There are enemies at the gate who wants to break down your defenses. When the Assyrian general speaks he uses psychological tactics to convince Jerusalem that resistance is useless. To break their confidence the general points out weaknesses in their strategy: they can’t rely on Egypt to save them. Apparently Jerusalem had hoped Egypt would ally with them but Egypt was weak and in no position to even help them. Secondly, they can’t depend on Yahweh, he says, because they have removed all the places of worship and insulted God. Then he mocks them knowing that they can’t find enough skilled riders to sit a horse. They would fall off while trying to throw a spear or swing a sword. Your enemies at the gate will also attack you at your weakest point. They will try to convince you of this one thing in your life that God is powerless and He has always been. That is when we stop praying and asking God to help us. What the general hoped to instill in the people of Jerusalem was fear. The devil knows that if a child of God is living in fear, he cannot be living by faith. Satan knows that if saint lives in fear, their defeat is a foregone conclusion. But remember that; Satan is a liar. Jesus said, “He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44). Lastly, in the perfect world, we would pursue our dreams with a reckless abandon with no “Plan B”. But, the world is not perfect. We have enemies doing their best to destroy us through our dreams. They whisper to us that our dreams will not become real hence making us lose our hope and faith in God.