As Christians, there is a goal we want to reach, heaven. The first step to that beautiful place is receiving Jesus in our hearts as our personal savior. Jesus is the bridge that lead us to God. He gives us salvation.
But to fully accomplish this, we have to be on alert of three enemies that want to stop us from living a life that pleases God.
Satan is a fallen angel who rebelled against God. Now his purpose is finding followers and have them in slavery for them to lose all what God prepared for them. Every day, he tries to impede your spiritual growth. He wants you to leave the path of faithfulness for you not to enter to heaven. For that reason, he would do what it takes to take you apart from Jesus. Although he cannot read your mind, he studies the they you are, your likes and dislkies, and also the way you feel to use specific strategies against you(1 Peter 5:8).
2. The world
In the Bible, the concept of world has many references. However, here, the term of “world” has to do with the idea of a moral system; it implies certain way of thingking and behavior of people who decide to live their lives without God. Poeple who live in this kind of system prefer putting their eyes on all the material things rather than the spiritual ones. (1 John 2:16 ; James 4:4)
The world, in this sense, will try to sell you ideas to deviate you from what really matters. It will try to change your way of thinking with calcutaled scheme of marketing and trends for you to sucumb into the system slowly.
There is nothing wrong in having material things, we need things that are a necessity in our everyday lives. In fact, God’s desire for us is to bless us in all areas of our lives, he wants us to be prosperous (3 John 1:2). The problem letting those things take priority in our lives. The enemy uses the sistem of “the world” to threaten your chirstian convictions and deviate you from the thruth.
3. The flesh
The “flesh” represents the fallen and corrupted human body and all that related to its lusts. God created man with a pure body; but when man desobeyed God in the garden of Eden, he passed to have a fallen nature and a corrupted body, the flesh, as a consecuence of his sin. When we receive Christ as our Savior, our sins are forgiven and we’re cleansed and saved. However, the flesh (the fallen nature) still continue to threathen our Christian lives through temptation (Galatians 5:16-21).
How to defeat these enemies
The Bible gives us the best way to have victory over these enemies; and it is being closer to God as much as we can. We do this by praying, reading the Bible, fasting and putting into practice every advice God gives us through His written word. Having a close relationship with our heavenly Father makes us be discern the strategies of the enemy. The Holy Spirit will guide us and help us for not yielding into temptation.