“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places,” (Ephesians 6:12).
Since becoming a Christian, I’ve encountered a few battles with people. When I was younger in Christ and didn’t know any better, I would pray against those individuals. I remember praying God would bind them up (I didn’t know much, so don’t judge me). Since those days, I’ve learned God doesn’t want me to pray AGAINST people, especially other believers. He wants me to pray FOR them
There was a particular person who treated me poorly for no apparent reason. Multiple people told me the degrading things she spoke against me. Although the words hurt, I tried my hardest not to retaliate or respond in anger. Her dislike hurt me because I looked up to her and genuinely liked her. My flesh wanted to hurt her as badly as she was hurting me but my spirit wouldn’t allow me to do so. Instead, I prayed and trusted God and the Lord vindicated me in due season.
My experience gave me a better understanding of the battle David endured with King Saul. When David and Saul returned from killing the Philistines,
“…the women came out of the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of music. And the women answered one another as they played, and said, ‘Saul hath slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands.’ And Saul was very wroth, and the saying displeased him…and Saul eyed David from that day and forward,” (1 Samuel 18:6-9).
The bible records multiple instances in which Saul tried to kill David because of envy. However, David wouldn’t touch Saul. David respected and loved Saul regardless what Saul did to him. When we are under spiritual attack, we need to look to David’s response to Saul as an example. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood. Our battle isn’t with the person. Remember, our battle is with the spirits operating through the person. If we answer a spiritual attack with a carnal or fleshly response, we are guaranteed to lose. Ephesians 6:11 teaches us how to respond:
“Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Here’s a quick summary of the armor of God as outlined in Ephesians 6:14-18:
- Gospel of Peace
- Word of God
- Prayer (I like to include this one from verse 18).
These are the weapons we need to engage any enemy in spiritual warfare. As you walk along this Christian journey, you will encounter people who’ll attack you every chance they get. They will malign your name. They will gossip about you. They may try to make your life as miserable as possible. Don’t make the mistake of engaging with the person in the flesh. The outcome won’t work out well for you. Instead, Overcomers stand on Ephesians 6:12, putting on the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). And remember God loves your adversary as much as He loves you.
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