WRESTLING

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.

Ephesians 6:12

My pondering: Indeed, how can mere mortals harm God and thus His children. Oh yes, they can hurt the flesh and material but they can’t touch the eternal, the invisible and the soul.

However, they (people), my fellow Christian journeyman, are not the primary problem. We see in the Scripture its the cosmic powers and spiritual forces of evil whom we must contend with. It is matter of perspective. If ignore or blind it doesn’t change the facts and reality.

If we are in the professional soldiers we must realize the real battle is invisible. Amateurs focus on the flesh and people. We are not just physical beings. We are spiritual beings in a hybrid world. Is not Paul exhorting us to see the bigger picture and enlightening us to what is really up?

I am not writing this like I have this by any means mastered. It is so easy to get sucked down into the flesh because we are encased in it. Let us heed Paul’s advice and step up. Let’s strap on our heavenly armor. Let’s stand when we need to stand, fight when we must and flee when we ought. Most importantly, we must realize and deal with the invisible reality of Satan and his minions. The reality of our fallen condition of our flesh and ‘old’ man.

Matthew Henry comments: “Spiritual strength and courage are needed for our spiritual warfare and suffering. Those who would prove themselves to have true grace, must aim at all grace; and put on the whole armor of God, which he prepares and bestows. The Christian armor is made to be worn; and there is no putting off our amor till we have done our warfare, and finished our course. The combat is not against human enemies, nor against our own corrupt nature only; we have to do with an enemy who has a thousand ways of beguiling unstable souls. The devils assault us in the things that belong to our souls, and labor to deface the heavenly image in our hearts.”

God assures us in John 4:4, “greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world” or we would be doomed. So to whom are we allied with?

Make no mistake, as house divided itself can not stand and Jesus told us if we are not for Him, we are against Him. Neutrality and being luke warm is dangerous. For we certainly don’t want to be spewed by anyone, let alone Jesus.

My prayer: LORD, thank you for wonderful tender loving care and amazing grace. I trust Your provision shall be sufficient. Thanks for the good angels, strong brothers and sisters, Your Word, the spiritual armor available and last but far from least, Your Holy Spirit. Help me fight the good fight and overcome.

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