We Are Not Fighting

 

 

 

A few months ago, I attended a ballgame at a local stadium.

The scoreboard was brightly lit and it was easy for the crowd to understand just which team was ahead of the other–which side was winning.

Every player was visible on the field.

You could see when someone was about to be tackled.

You could see when a player fell down.

You could see a victorious team member score a touchdown.

In recent days, I was contemplating the verse in the Bible that speaks of battling with principalities of the air and not with people.

This morning, I attended a church service.

The pastor mentioned this passage early in his message.

This afternoon, I went to a volunteer meeting for those who would be working at a special community outreach to young people coming up soon.

The man who is to be the guest speaker at the event was standing at the front of the meeting.

He referenced a verse in the Bible.

The same one….

We may not see the struggle reported on a brightly lit scoreboard, but it is taking place, none the less.

Consider for a moment what the writer of Ephesians 6:12 meant when he penned these words:

We are not fighting against humans. We are fighting against forces and authorities and against rulers of darkness and powers in the spiritual world.

If we could pull back the invisable curtain that keeps us from seeing the true battle that is occuring, what would we see?

Tempations.

Distractions.

Discouragements.

All sorts of things thrown in the way of accomplishing what God wants.

So, what do we do?

A football player suits up in a uniform, complete with padding, helmet and special shoes.

Ephesians 6:13 reads,

So put on all the armor that God gives. Then when that evil day  comes, you will be able to defend yourself. And when the battle is over, you will still be standing firm.

A later passage encourages us in this way:

Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God’s people.  –Ephesians 6:12

We can’t win without God.

His power is victorious over all.

Remember, we are not fighting with humans……

 

 

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