“For we wrestle not against flesh and bleed but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Eph. 6:12
What if we as Christians looked at our daily battles with others as “spiritual battles” and not “fleshly battles”? Would we react differently if we did? I believe we most definitely would. Unfortunately that is not how most of us react initially.
As Christians the enemy of our soul, Satan, wants to destroy us and the easiest way is to use our emotions to accomplish that goal. Satan knows where to hit us for maximum impact and we fall for his trap more times than not. I, myself, am not immune to his attacks and the most recent one came out of no where. I know God’s word, I understand spiritual warfare and more than anything I fully understand the daily battle that we as Christian can endure. Despite all of that knowledge, I failed to recognize the true enemy behind this recent battle. I only saw the person that was speaking the words and it was not until much later that I realized that I was not “wrestling flesh and blood” , but an attack from the enemy.
I have to first preference what I am about to say with a disclaimer. Non-Christians can only battle the enemy’s attacks in their flesh. For most, they will not even recognize that the battle that they are in is from Satan. They are walking in darkness because without Jesus they are not in light. This might sound harsh, but the truth is that Jesus came into this world to set the captives free. (Luke 4;18) But in order to be set free, you have to ask Jesus into your heart. Please don’t shoot the messenger, I have come to share God’s Word and His love, but you have to accept it first. The only way to walk in that love is through His son, Jesus. Jesus is “the way, the truth, and the light” and the only way to Him is if you accept God’s drawing to Him. (John 14:6, John 6:44) If you want to ask Jesus into your heart, please click on the “Accepting Jesus” tab on my site.
For Christians, in order for us to effectively battle the attacks that Satan WILL send our way is through God’s weapons. We are in a spiritual battle and using worldly weapons will only bring momentary satisfaction and in the end we will be no closer to victory than when the battle first began. Arguing, cussing, hitting, yelling, acts of revenge, retaliation, anger are just a few of the worldly weapons that many Christian’s use to fight our earthly battles. Using those weapons only bring about a victory for Satan. God’s children never come out on the winning side when we use worldly means to fight. Now let’s get real. It is hard to not want to react in the flesh. In the moment all we can think about is how wrong the other person is and what we want to do to them. My advice, walk away. Use the weapons that God has given each one of His children. First prayer (especially in your prayer language), forgiveness, praise and finally love. And if you don’t see the victory, GIVE IT TO THE LORD!
How did my situation end? It is in the Lord’s hands.