Week of June 22, 2020
Text: Ephesians 6:12
“For 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.”
This week we are continuing our series on Spiritual Seasons of life and discussing spiritual warfare.
In the scripture reference above we see that the Apostle Paul is advising the Church in Ephesus regarding our struggles as Christ followers. He tells them, though it seems that your friend, family member, or neighbor can be the one who is oppressing you, our fight is not with each other. Our fight is with the forces of darkness that desire to keep us distracted, depressed, confused, and disappointed and fighting each other instead of fighting him.
We see our physical world and often we forget that there is a spiritual battle that goes on that we cannot see with our physical eyes. We end up fighting one another in the physical world when our fight is not a physical fight.
We have a wonderful example of this in scripture when David fought Goliath. David knew that he was unable to match Goliath’s size and strength. But David also knew that Goliath was no match for his God.
“You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
1 Samuel 17:45
David slays Goliath the giant by a single slingshot of a stone. But it was not David who defeated Goliath it was the God Almighty. This is a perfect picture of spiritual warfare. Although we may look outnumbered, outsized, and weak in comparison to our enemies, the God Almighty is not outsized, outnumbered or weak. We serve a mighty God who scripture assures us goes ahead of us and makes all our crooked places straight.
Instead of fighting what appears to be physical enemies, let us remember our fight is not with each other it is with the enemy of this world who seeks to overthrow the plans and purposes of God.
Let us keep our eyes fixed on God who is our protector, our provider, and our peace. May the God of peace guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.