47 Bible Verses about Overcoming Enemies

By David Small •  Updated: 03/29/21 •  14 min read

Do you want Bible verses about overcoming enemies? This Holy Ghost-inspired blog post is for you.

In a perfect world, we would go about our days in perfect peace. The word “enemy” would hold no meaning, and the war would have no place here. Sadly, we do not live in a perfect world, and we do have enemies.

When we become friends with God, we automatically become enemies of the devil. We can rejoice, however, in the power of God’s word. There are Bible verses about overcoming enemies that we can use to strengthen our faith.

These Bible verses do not encourage us to walk in violence and strife. Instead, the focus shifts from us to God. God equips us for our journey and fights our spiritual wars.

Bible Verses About Overcoming Enemies.

The reality is that our enemy, the devil, is formidable. He has had thousands of years of experience in tempting, destroying, and leading people out of God’s presence.

But as great as our enemy is, our God is even greater. And one thing is for sure: we are now on the winning side. Because of what Jesus did on the cross for us, we now share His victory and can fight the enemy with the determination to win. God fights for us and equips us to win.

  1. Psalm 91: 12, 13

On their hands, they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.

  1. John 16:33

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

  1. 2 Timothy 1:7

For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.

  1. 1 John 5:3-5

For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome. For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.

And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

  1. James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  1. Hebrews 4:14-16

Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

  1. 1 John 4: 2-4

By this, you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

  1. Galatians 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:55-57

O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

  1. Hebrews 10:38-39

But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.

The victory of Christ is our victory

Now here is a wonderful truth: Christ’s victory over the powers of the enemy is our victory! What Christ did, He did as our representative. We participate in His death, we participate in His burial, we participate in His resurrection, and we also share His victory over the enemy! God raised Christ and placed Him at His very right hand and raised us with Him.

  1. 2 Timothy 4:17-18

But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed, and all the Gentiles might hear it. So, I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

  1. Ephesians 6: 11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

  1. Ephesians 6: 12, 13

For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.

  1. Ephesians 6: 14, 15

Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.

  1. Ephesians 6: 16

In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;

  1. Ephesians 6:17

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

  1. Ephesians 6: 18

Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints

  1. 2 Corinthians 10:4-6

For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ, being ready to punish every disobedience, when your obedience is complete.

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation, he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Jesus is our defense attorney

The Christian life is a war because we have a terrible enemy who seeks to destroy us. That enemy is Satan. The Bible warns us: Be sober, and watch; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, prowls around looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5: 8).

THE CROSS IS THE PLACE where Christ redeemed men from the power of Satan. Satan held men captive because of sin, but the Lord Jesus paid for our sins on the cross. He ended all of Satan’s rights over us. Men can now choose whom to serve. Those who choose Jesus Christ as their Lord are delivered from the power of Satan.

  1. Acts 4:12

And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

  1. 2 Corinthians 1: 8, 9

For we do not want you to be unaware, brothers,[a] of the affliction we experienced in Asia. For we were so utterly burdened beyond our strength that we despaired of life itself.

Indeed, we felt that we had received the sentence of death. But that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raises the dead.

  1. John 15:4-6

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches.

Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

  1. Mark 13:11

And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.

  1. Matthew 16:18-19

And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock, I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”

  1. Matthew 10:1

And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

  1. Jeremiah 17:5-8

Thus, says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

  1. Isaiah 54:17

No weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”

  1. Proverbs 29:25-26

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.

Jesus has given all believers – including you – power over the devil

Behind some of our daily interactions with people, behind some circumstances, behind some adversity, there are shadows, surrounded by mystery and confusion – Satan is real. There are also angels, demons, spiritual warfare. But we don’t have to live in fear. We can count on Jesus Christ, our Lord, and Savior, to fight against these invisible forces. We have the victory!

  1. Psalm 37:4-6

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.

  1. 1 Samuel 17:49

And David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone and slung it and struck the Philistine on his forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the ground.

  1. Joshua 1:8-9

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.

For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

  1. Numbers 13:30

But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.”

  1. Exodus 14:26, 27

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the water may come back upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.”

So, Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal course when the morning appeared. And as the Egyptians fled into it, the Lord threw the Egyptians into the midst of the sea.

  1. Exodus 14:28, 29

The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen; of all the host of Pharaoh that had followed them into the sea, not one of them remained. But the people of Israel walked on dry ground through the sea, the waters being a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.

  1. Exodus 14: 30, 31

Thus, the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.

  1. Proverbs 14:11-12

The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

  1. Deuteronomy 20:4

For the Lord, your God is he who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies, to give you the victory.’

  1. Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

The powers of darkness were defeated!

Satan and his evil spirits were stripped of all their authority. The Lord Jesus returned to Conquering Heaven over all the powers of darkness, publicly discrediting them.

  1. Deuteronomy 28:7

The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways.

  1. Romans 12:19

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

  1. Galatians 2:20.

With Christ I am crucified together, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me; and what I now live in the flesh, I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

  1. 1 John 4:1

Beloved, do not believe every spirit but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.

  1. Joel 2:23-26

“Be glad, O children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God, for he has given the early rain for your vindication; he has poured down for you abundant rain, the early and the latter rain, as before.

“The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.

“You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you. And my people shall never again be put to shame.

  1. Jeremiah 39:18

For I will surely save you, and you shall not fall by the sword, but you shall have your life as a prize of war because you have put your trust in me, declares the Lord.”

  1. Proverbs 29:25-26

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe. Many seek the face of a ruler, but it is from the Lord that a man gets justice.

  1. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

  1. Revelation 12: 11

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony, and they loved not their lives unto the death.

In conclusion

These Bible verses about overcoming enemies are promises, reminders, and invitations from God. He promises and reminds us that He will never leave or forsake us and invites us to trust Him.

God uses these Bible verses about overcoming our enemies to show us that He knows all things. He knew we would face an enemy that wants to destroy us. His word stands as a love letter to His children and assurance that no enemy will prevail against them.

David Small