Most often when a Christian refers to his or her “enemies” they are speaking about the sin in their flesh and the temptations and lusts that arise from there. These are enemies because they tempt us to act contrary to the will of God. These can also be spiritual powers such as the spirit of the times which oppose the Holy Spirit. Satan, the devil, is also referred to as the enemy, or adversary. Israel’s earthly enemies in the Old Testament are a picture of these spiritual enemies in the New Covenant. (Ephesians 6:12; 1 Peter 2:11; 1 Peter 5:8)