Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual Warfare, like so many other things I think Satan works overtime to keep us from taking the magnitude of this seriously.

Have you ever stopped to think that although this cosmic conflict is raging in the invisible spiritual realm it is given earthly details and becomes personal as it is played out here in the visible realm? In other words, although the roots of the war is played out in the invisible spiritual realm and you cannot see it, the effects of the war are all too often clearly evident.

Let me back up a minute however. Let’s look at Ephesians 6:10-12. We are all familiar with it, but let’s look again. Particularly verse 12.

Ephesians 6:10-12New International Version (NIV)

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 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.

Paul says our battle 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.”

So it isn’t about our neighbor, our co-worker, our family, and our spouse, our health, or anybody or anything on this earth actually. Humans are simply the conduits of the battle raging in the spiritual realm. If I am reading this and understanding it correctly, if it is going on in your physical, visible realm, it is rooted in the spiritual, invisible realm.

It could be that we are fighting the wrong battle? No matter how hard we try or what we try, if we do not know how to navigate and connect with the spiritual realm and the help we can find there, we are not going to win this battle. If we try to fix our problems with worldly solutions it is not going to work for long.

It was also interesting to read Ephesians 1:3. It tells us that Jesus Christ has “blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.”

Sooooooo, everything God is ever going to do for us, every spiritual blessing, every promise, every gift, every hope is already deposited in the heavenly realm and is waiting with our name on it. If it is waiting in the heavenly realm means it is eternal and not temporal because they are from Christ’s spiritual realm and not this very temporary earthly realm in which we live.

Satan would have us believe this is not so.

Now look at Ephesians 1:19-20New International Version (NIV)

19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,

Oh praise God for His wisdom, not only are our blessings waiting for us with our names written on them, but guess what, Jesus is waiting there also.

So when we get bogged down in the fight, when we are too tired to go on and feel there is no winning this war, grab onto the little package with your name on it. Unwrap it and live it.

Dottie

……………and so I ride

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