Peace & Blessings Beloved,
I pray all is well with you and yours, and that your week has been fruitful & blessed thus far.
As we experience another day, it is my prayer that we have a proper understanding of the battles we should be aware of & concerned about.
Now when we think about the word battle, I’m sure for the most part we have the idea of physicality, and going head to head with someone who is trying to attack, hurt, injure, or even kill us.
In this passage the apostle is telling us that, while our opponent is absolutely looking to attack, hurt, injure, or kill us our battle is not in the flesh. Nor is it with emotions. Rather, the battle that we should concern ourselves with is that which satan, the enemy, is the commander of. Because he so despises God, and wants to be Him (the true sign of canal jealousy & misplaced admiration) he will do everything in his power to cause us to separate from God. We don’t have to worship satan, so long as we don’t worship God. This is why he tempts is with everything that offends God, bc he knows that to disobey God is to, in essence, serve him.
If we continue to read Ephesians 6, we’ll observe Paul’s teaching on how to withstand and resist the spiritual wickedness, and his encouragement for us to pray and remain alert in our Christian walk (ref 1 Peter 5:8)
And so, in conclusion, it is my prayer that we recognize the true nature of our warfare here on earth, and keep in mind that satan often uses other people to tempt us to disobey and offend God, and so we should be careful not to hold grudges, or resent people, but rather recognize satan working through them, and rebuke his efforts. This is where our godliness should come in, where we can overlook offenses, love unconditionally, and forgive others. Of course, this is far from an easy task, but as we grow in our spiritual maturity, we’ll find that God will equip us with everything we need in order to focus on the spirit and not the flesh.
May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength.
Love you much, be abundantly blessed!