Beware of noman more than yourself;
we carryour worst enemies within us.
- CharlesH. Spurgeon
The enemy within knows everything about us. Our failures, fears and faults. We have shared the deepest mostintimate parts of our soul with him. He stands at the edge of our sub-consciousness and declares what choiceswe should make. We can make nomove with his consultation. Mostof us walk through life, not realizing the grasp of his power, which enslavesus. His voice is so ingrained, sofamiliar and so comforting, that we seldom think about another way.
This is a mysterious force yet when I talk aboutit with people, they understand it, because we have all experienced it. It’s the part of us that seems to minimalizeour success and magnify our failures. It drives us to be better then tells us that we should stop because ourefforts will never add up. “Whoare you to question me?” it demands, and our obedience is almostimmediate.
“You want to get into shape? Go to church? Makenew friends? Change for the better?” it questions. Then reminds us of all the times we have tried and failed inthe past. Quite simply the enemywithin explains how there is comfort found in much simpler pursuits. “Put it off, watch some more TV, thereis no harm in that.” “Sleep in, you can go to the gym tomorrow morning, you hada rough day yesterday, you deserve the extra sleep.” He hides his deception in words that sound like he has yourback.
This is not the voice of a friend, yet we listenwillingly.
There is another voice, calling ever sofaintly.
It says, “You can change! Go for your dreams! Youare strong!”
Feed that voice.
Starve your doubt.
Start living your life!