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The Real Enemy

Updated: Mar 19, 2019

Pills, parties, habits, thoughts and even religion may all be used as tactics from the enemy. The REAL ENEMY. But exposing his plan can help in fighting back and knowing truth in pain.





A combination that is unique to all of us, that has struggled in this way is a lack of identity (tied to purpose) and fear of the future.


So confession time: I love the Hunger Games movies! I know, I know the books are better than the movies, blah, blah, blah! And you’re probably right but the movies are one of the ways I escaped reality for an hour or two.


Reading for me is always a chore unless I believe it is helping me in some way, usually a book about furthering my Christian walk or aiding my own theology. Movies are rare for me. I never can find the time and my brain never wants to sit and stare for longer then 30 mins or I’m bored and ready for the next adventure... but the Hunger Games was different.


Something about the series was intriguing and made since. I felt an odd investment in the characters. Perhaps it was good acting or the intoxicating yet dark story line but it seemed so real to my imagination.

I felt (in a very strange way) like I could relate. No, I’m not in some futuristic world where a dark and twisted over lord hoards food and other necessities. No, society hasn’t collapsed yet in an epic battle of rich vs. poor based on some historic war of the nations. And no we’re not ok with sacrificing our youth to satisfy our own needs...


Or are we?


I’ll be straight I’m no Katniss. I’m not even a Peeta or Gale, but I have realized that every day I’m fighting for my life. Not physically (PTL) but spiritually.


After a few years of hanging around youth ministry you’ll realize that most (not all) of our teens feel a since of rejection, depression and dare I say lack of true identity. I met countless students who have friends that committed suicide, that came from a healthy family and fit in with the popular crowd. I have loads of shirts with tear stains from kids who feared they would be the next one to make a deadly decision to harm themselves or even others.


It doesn’t make since until I seek my own heart and look into my own soul. I myself know the twisting words of the devil, the lies of my heart and the fear of my mind. I know the pain of depression and felt the tears of rejection. The truth is I don’t have to know your story to know your pain, I have my own.

A combination that is unique to all of us, that has struggled in this way is a lack of identity (tied to purpose) and fear of the future.


The uniqueness is the fact that we all have different reasons for our lack of self and anxiousness but I challenge to say it’s because the lies of the enemy that has taken society captive.

Perhaps the first step, the first key (if you will) to finding identity is recognition of who the enemy really is.

In the Hunger Games Katniss has to battle in her mind of who the enemy really is. Throughout the series were led to believe one thing or another but finally all is revealed.


I love when Katniss attempts to bring the other tributes together with one united purpose (instead of fighting each other) by reminding them to “remember who the real enemy is!”


The world would tell us to blame each other. It’s the presidents (past or present) fault in poor. It’s my friends fault I was abused. It’s my parents fault I’m ugly. It’s my bosses fault I didn’t get a raise. After we run out of people to blame we begin to blame our selves. Addiction, harmful behaviors or wrong friends are ways of self medicating deep wounds caused by various trials and self loathing. It’s then the enemy finds success in destroying who you are (a kings kid) and confusing you that you are pointless, worthless and everyone hates you.


Your life spirals into a place of hatred and a pit of darkness. Some may think suicide is the answer, others dive further into mind altering substances. Some find joy in people, relationships, sex or even religion. However none of the above even slightly reaches the peak of who and what you were created for.

Pills, parties, habits, religion and thoughts may all be used as tactics from the enemy. The REAL ENEMY. However by exposing his plan (like we did here) can help in fighting back and knowing truth in pain.

I’m still learning who I am but I KNOW whose I am and who the enemy is and it’s not myself or my circumstances.


Ephesians 6:12


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