Spiritual Warfare

Ephesians 6:12“Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

If we truly understand that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, suddenly it makes a lot more sense that Jesus told us to pray for our enemies. Our fight is not against our enemies but for our enemies’ souls. Our war is with Satan and the power he exercises over this world. Those who have wronged us are prisoners of war; they are merely pawns in his game.  If we truly understand the nature of the spiritual battle in which we are engaged, suddenly offenses seem less personal and holding grudges seems very trivial.

When our anger against others remains unchecked, we are fighting the wrong opponent and unknowingly fueling the fire of conflict; we are trying to solve a spiritual problem with human effort. Spiritual battles can be won only through spiritual means. When we see the conflict for what it really is, we can let go of our anger and get down on our knees in prayer. When we relinquish control and invite God to fight the battle for us, we find that maybe it was never about settling scores with our enemies…maybe it was about setting our enemies free.

Published in: on May 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  
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