Sometimes, we need to remind ourselves that, as believers, we are not battling with human beings but with unseen enemies. This is an important concept to keep in mind, because we can make the all too easy error of considering other human beings as our enemies.
This is not the heart of God. This is not why Jesus came to earth! Let’s turn to the Scriptures and meditate.
We aren’t fighting against human enemies but against rulers, authorities, forces of cosmic darkness, and spiritual powers of evil in the heavens. (Eph 6:12 CEB)
As the verse above, in Ephesians, reminds us: we’re fighting against forces of celestial darkness and unseen powers of evil in the heavens. This is a spiritual battle in which we need the spiritual weapons that the Lord has given to all believers.
For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ . . . (2 Cor 10:3-5 ESV)
The Lord has His own battle plan which we would do well to follow. The first part of our battle involves controlling our own flesh and our own reactions. We must make sure that our thoughts are obedient to Jesus Christ and His teachings.
. . . to open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me. (Ac 26:18 ESV)
We have already turned away from darkness and invited the Lord of Light into our lives. We have received forgiveness of sins and a place among all who have been sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. Our calling is to introduce other people to the same Lord and Savior who has rescued each one of us.
In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who do not believe to keep them from seeing the light of the glorious gospel of the Messiah, who is the image of God. (2 Cor 4:4 ISV)
We must remember that unsaved people have blinders on their eyes to prevent them from seeing the light of the gospel of Good News. Our prayers and ministry to these people is designed to dissolve those blinders and help them to see the Truth, and to accept their Savior and Redeemer.
Learn about your spiritual weapons and start using them today, dear brothers and sisters.