Text: Ephesians 6; 1 Chronicles 5-6
A favorite passage of mine is the part of Ephesians 6 addressing what we call “spiritual warfare”, and describing the “full armor of God.” It includes these important words:
…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)
Life is full of struggles, hassles and troubles, and most of these seem to emanate from people. We are attacked by people at work, are betrayed by friends, and we bemoan the shortcomings of that unknown person who wrote the software on our computer. Our tendency is to blame all our ailments on “them.” These words in Ephesians remind us that we need to make sure we blame the proper “them.” You see, in the end it is not the people. In fact our enemy is supernatural, spiritual, and quite literally “devilish.” The people around us are not the enemy. They are the object of Christ’s infinite and incredible love. Everyday we are in a battle, part of a great war Jesus is waging to set people free from the evil spiritual beings who have taken them captive. Again, the people are not the enemy. We must keep that straight.
in Him, Mike