Know Your Advocate
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
Recommended Reading – Psalm 46
“Know your enemy” is a famous phrase from Sun Tzu’s sixth-century book, The Art of War. The exact quotation is: “If you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.”
In spiritual warfare, it’s important to know our enemies, which is why the Bible gives us so much information about the world, the flesh, and the devil. We mustn’t be ignorant of Satan’s schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11). But greater than knowing our enemy or ourselves is knowing the Lord. He is our refuge and strength, our fortress, and our advocate. He is our shield and strength. He is our maker, defender, redeemer, and friend. Knowing that God is more powerful than the enemy is crucial when facing spiritual warfare. The name of the Lord is a strong tower. The righteous run into it and are safe (Proverbs 18:10).
Know yourself; know your enemy; but most of all, know your Lord.
A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing; our helper He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.