Joshua 22:5 (KJV) “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.”
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 internal.
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? You know, the “inner me“.
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 anything…
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 because of the “inner me“.
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 “inner me” is through allowing God’s Word to challenge us daily. Accepting this challenge would require us to look internally and to be honest with ourselves. 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? Are we willing to admit we have made some bad decisions? 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.”