The battles we face are with spiritual forces; we do not war against flesh and blood. We might fight with those around us not discerning our real enemy, which is unseen. It is helpful to discern this is happening quickly, so time is not wasted battling the wrong things. God sees what we do not see, and He protects us as we seek Him and continue to surrender all our ways.
Diversity will come with adversity. We don’t always see the enemy because he surprises us in areas where we are not used to warring. We know our weak areas and are accustomed to battling there. Temptations will come in unknown territories. Some things might appear harmless at first and then become strongholds. We should be watching on all sides, especially our blind side. Our enemy doesn’t make his schemes obvious; He is deceitful and often closer than we think. The Lord gives us the faith to face all confrontation.
Attacks will come unexpectedly and from different sources. We should take heed where we stand, lest we fall. When a harmful situation is detected, we humbly and quickly move away from its potential destruction and run to the Lord–reaching out for His grace. God gives grace to the humble but resists the proud. When the invisible is encountered, we find that only Christ is invincible. We war by His grace and power alone, from glory to glory!
Ephesians 6:12 “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
We do not war against flesh and blood, and the weapons of our warfare are not carnal; they are mighty through God. These weapons are powerful because they are God’s. It’s His word and His spirit that defines how the battles are to be fought. In His name we conquer opposition.
When we use our weapons and they don’t seem to be working, the enemy brings thoughts of despair and his lies about our future become louder. We keep our weapons sharpened as we pray in the Spirit. We keep plowing, trusting that eventually every high thing in opposition to God’s will has to come down. It’s difficult to pray as fervently for a breakthrough after years of pressing through, and often when a high tower is about to fall, the enemy tries to get us to quit. By God’s grace, we never grow weary in well doing and we can rest assured in due time we will reap. As we wage our good fight of faith, we are also being prepared to conquer even greater giants.
What is brought low is not always obvious. Our own righteousness, good works and what we think makes us safe—are destroyed by the Spirit of God through the ministry of The Word. Fleshy wisdom is demolished and divine wisdom is revealed. Whether we see it or not we can trust the results of our warfare. God is our fortress and as we abide and hide in Him we rest in our victory, from glory to glory.
2 Corinthians 10:4-6 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.