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.”
Welcome back brothers and sisters in Christ. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it feels like I am in the middle of a 3 ring circus gone bizarrely mad. I feel that we are being hit from every side with one problem, disaster, crisis after another. Politics, civil unrest, nature seem to have gone topsy turvy in the past year and a half. The comfortable, cozy life with its occasional hiccup seems to be a thing of the past. My thought for this blog is… As Christians, how are we to view current events and what should our response, our action, our commission be?
Let’s pray! Our Father God, we praise Your Holy name for all that You continually do for us – sending Your Son as recompense for us, gifting us with Your Spirit as our Spiritual Guide, and so much more. Please forgive us for our shortcoming and lead each of us upon the path You have set. Put within our hearts an unquenchable desire to give our lives fully to You and the finishing of Your work. Guide our thoughts and understanding as we consider the message of Ephesians 6:12 in light of world wide unrest. And at last, save us in Your eternal kingdom. In Jesus name, Amen!
If you are keeping an eye on current events, you are very much aware of the many fractures and divisive event taking place all over the world. Many of us are afraid to say anything for fear of bringing wrath and destruction down upon us and our families. And we find ourselves deeply concerned about our future as a people, a nation, a global society. Many of us find an exorbitant amount of time taken up with these event and concerns. However, when I read Ephesians 6:12, I find myself in a quandary. Just who is my enemy, because God is telling us that it is not the flesh and blood humans around us, the humans we don’t agree with, the humans we consider to be causing all the trouble. And, if they are an enemy we should be focused on, then who is?
We can find our answer at the end of the verse – against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. We have many enemies on this earth that work against our efforts to share a Risen Savior to the lost souls on Earth, but there is only one definitive enemy. Satan is THE ENEMY of our souls. We were taught in school that there are special adjectives in our language called articles. There are only 3 of them – the, a, an. When using “a” and “an” we could be describing a variety of like objects such as a group books, but when “the” is used then we are describing a very specific object such as the Bible. Thus Satan is the definitive enemy of our souls – he is the enemy, your enemy, my enemy.
I believe this blog Scripture is telling us to get things into perspective. Narrow our focus down to what is really happening, what is really taking place, where the direction of our thoughts and actions need to go. Quite often, in the news, we hear mention of false flags, events staged and ideas put out there to distract us from something more important taking place. The message behind our blog Scripture attests to the reality of these smoke screens.
In the past several month, I must confess I got caught up in all the emotions, the disenfranchisements, the false flags flying high. Before long, life overwhelmed me, I lost my true focus, and I realized I was backsliding from my commitment to Jesus. I have struggled in pray and had to prayerfully reconsider my path forward, my God given path forward. Praise God, when we are willing to surrender, He never fails to pull us back into His full embrace – within the loving shelter of His grace.
Several years ago, Carlisle B Hayes wrote, “Don’t stop to stone the devils dogs, march on, march on.” What befitting words for the challenges we face in this crucial time in history. Like Jesus, we must be about our Father’s business, (Luke 2:49) we must not let ourselves be distracted by the false flags – by devils dogs. As humans, we find it extremely easy to become distracted, sidetracked from our purpose. So, left on our own, fulfilling God’s purpose for our life is impossible. We would find ourselves outside in the parable of the wedding feast, claiming to serve Jesus, while He states, “I know you not.” (Luke 13:26) What a devastating end to our struggle to know Jesus.
Praise God from Whom all blessings flow, we are shown a better way. We are gifted with all the skills and knowledge we need, we are equipped by Jesus to wage war with the enemy of our souls. In Ephesians, is described the armor of God and the purpose of each piece. This is what I want to talk about in my next blog.
God be with you, may His countenance shine upon your and give you peace. Until my next blog, I pray God will equip you with abundant grace to surrender to His will for your life! Jeremiah 29:11