Who Are We Fighting?

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Ephesians 6:12 says, “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.”

I am reminded that our battle is not with those who cut us off in traffic or with those who don’t see eye to eye with us on every doctrine. There are principalities and powers of darkness who would like to see nothing more than for us to forget that our battle is against them and instead turn our attention to the enemies of “flesh and blood.”

So let us do as Paul said and put on the full armor of God and stand firm!

Let us remember who we are fighting and what kind of battle it is. Let us not be distracted or turn our attention away from the real fight. Let us not be like the Israelite army that faced Goliath. They were dressed for the battle but took no action. Instead let us remember the words of Peter in 1 Peter 1:13-16, “Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

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