Fighting the Right Enemy

Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.  Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.  For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.  Ephesians 6:10-12

He made me so mad.  So stinking, hopping mad.  He did some really nasty things, things that hurt people, things that hurt me.  And this guy had a face and a name.  He was flesh and blood.

My battle wasn’t against him.

That was sure hard to remember though, because the man was right there in front of me.  I was itching to verbally tear him apart.  I was ready to go to battle against this person.

But my battle wasn’t against him.

And it isn’t against whoever you are mad at, either.  Our battles aren’t against flesh and blood.  They are against Satan and his demons.  Satan sometimes uses people as pawns in his mission to destroy families, churches, friendships, and lives.  But instead of wasting our time slashing at the humans involved, wouldn’t we be more effective warriors if we dropped to our knees in battle against the spiritual forces behind the fight?

Certainly, people sin.  And the sin is sometimes just plain old fleshly choices.  But sin often happens when person is entangled in Satan’s temptation trap again – reaching for the shiny apple that sure looks “right.” 

Just try this:  Envision the person you are hacked off at, irritated with or at odds against.  Say the name of the one who is causing you pain, making terrible choices, fracturing your family or work environment or friendship.  And now, pray for him or her.  Pray that person will be freed from Satan’s lies. 

Go to battle on his or her behalf.  Pray against the spiritual forces ensnaring her, and you, in this conflict.  Pray that God would obliterate the demonic influence, would flood the situation with His Spirit, would bring unity and peace.

Go to war, soldier.  But know your enemy.  It’s not the human you are nose-to-nose with.  It’s Satan who would love to destroy you both.

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