1) a person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something
2) one who feels hatred toward, injury towards, or opposes the interests of another
3) something destructive or injurious in its effects
After reading these three different definitions (especially the third one), I realize how deceptive enemies can be. In fact, I mistake them as friends and allow them to cozy up to their target, my heart, before I recognize them as enemies. Have you been duped by any of these enemies?
Listen to the sales pitch of these opponents and you'll find yourself heading in the wrong direction BUT
God has always been your defense;
His eternal arms are your support.
He drove out your enemies as you advanced,
and told you to destroy them all."
God drove out Israel's enemies as they moved into the Promised Land. He also told them to destroy any enemies they encountered. When they didn't, they paid dearly. When they mingled with their enemies and adopted their false gods, they fell.
"Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God, for to You I pray.
In the morning, LORD, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait expectantly."
Jesus died to destroy Death and Sin, but He also warned us:
"Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin." John 8:33
We work with God to destroy what would destroy us or we work against God by letting our enemies move in, assume command, and enslave us. Who will we serve today? Our enemies or the God Who destroys what would destroy us?