Flesh and Blood by Kenika Smith


 I am not one to blame the Devil for everything that goes wrong.  Or even to give him so much credit that I start accusing others of allowing him to use them.  But, the fact remains, the fights that we fight, the obstacles that we have to overcome, are not always from a human standpoint.  It’s so easy to focus on what we can see that we lose sight, so to speak, on what can’t be seen. That person that cuts you off in traffic is a lot more accessible so you can roll down your window, yell at them, or even flip them the bird if you’re so inclined.  It’s an instant response that we have to react to who or what is right in front of us.  When that co-worker talks about you behind your back it’s simpler to ignore them, give them the side eye or not allow them to sit with you at the lunch table.    It’s a lot more difficult to discern the spirit behind your co-worker or the wacky driver.

Trust me I’m not trying to be spooky or mystical, I’m simply saying that instead of responding with emotion, we need to stand our guard and realize what type of battle we are continuously in.  This isn’t to scare you or cause you to walk around in fear, but rather it’s a message of comfort.  You’re not at all out war with your spouse, children or other family members. Sometimes the fight is slightly higher up. “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)  Spiritual wickedness in high places the last line says.  Wickedness on a level that our earthly minds cannot comprehend, that’s why we need the Spirit of God to help us to discern and to teach us how to properly fight back. There are rulers of the darkness of this world according to Ephesians 6:12. It doesn’t sound like a force that wishes you any kind of good.  There are many tricks and schemes up the enemy’s sleeve to try to forecast darkness over and in your life.

Now that you are reminded what you are up against, you can properly fight.  We can know the Word of God backwards and forward, but when we are in a crushing predicament, in a moment we lose touch with all that we know to be true.  The verse prior to Ephesians 6:12 says to, “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11)  Then verses 13-18 give a daily regimen for preparedness in the otherworldly fight against the Devil.

There is no need to fear, but as I said before we can find comfort.  Comfort in knowing that we don’t have to struggle with the things we can see, but we have power and authority and can prepare ourselves for the battles and fights we can’t physically see (ref. 2 Corinthians 10:4).  Put on your armor daily so that you can stand against the wiles/tricks of the enemy.  You aren’t fighting the people in front of you or around you; the battle is much higher than that.  But you can be of comfort that the weapons you do possess are mightier than the highest powers of darkness in this world!  Stop wrestling with flesh and blood (people) and start fighting with your spiritual weapons.


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