Recognizing the War Around Us

Your hand will lay hold on all your enemies;
your right hand will seize your foes. Psalm 21:8

Seize and hold onto your enemies, you must know who they are. Our enemies are all around us. Some of our enemies we have are spiritual, and some are flesh and blood. The flesh and blood enemies, those who would come against you verbally and even physically, are easy to combat. Often it’s a matter of avoiding them. Certainly from time to time you will have to confront, but by and large they are avoidable.

Often, though, our enemies are as the book of Ephesians 6:12 states: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” So even when we’re combating the nasty person, there’s a spiritual battle going on around them. It’s very easy to forget that.

I suspect that if we saw the spiritual battles going on around us, we would be overwhelmed. Consider 2 Kings 6:17
And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, LORD, so that he may see.’ Then the LORD opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.”

It didn’t happen often but it’s a reminder to us that there is much much more to this life than what we see. Are our enemies really our enemies, or are they just “instruments” of our real enemies, those principalities and powers of this dark world? Recognizing that is a good part of the spiritual warfare battle.

One response to “Recognizing the War Around Us”

  1. very good….must be why God commands us to love our neighbors…because he knows that we have this spiritual battle going on all around us and wants us to love everyone despite it. Good read!

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