Scripture Focus: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the worldly forces of this darkness, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. – Ephesians 6:12 TLV
If we would only get it through our heads that we are not each other’s enemy! Our fight is in the heavenly realm!!!
Let’s look at some of the words in this bible verse:
Struggle – to contend with an adversary or opposing force; to contend resolutely with a task, problem, etc.; strive
Worldly – of or relating to this world as contrasted with heaven, spiritual life, etc.; earthly; mundane.
Forces – power to influence, affect, or control; efficacious power
Darkness – wickedness or evil
Spiritual – of or relating to the spirit or soul, as distinguished from the physical nature; of or relating to the spirit as the seat of the moral or religious nature; of or relating to sacred things or matters; religious; devotional; sacred
Heavenly – of, belonging to, or coming from the heaven of God, the angels, etc.; divine or celestial
(all definitions from Dictionary.com)
So our problems shouldn’t be with each other. Instead of focusing on our differences and our sins against each other instead we should be praying for each other and doesn’t God tell us to love our enemies?
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. – Matthew 5:43-45 TLV
Do not repay evil for evil or insult for insult, but give a blessing instead—it is for this reason you were called, so that you might inherit a blessing. – 1 Peter 3:9 TLV
As we fight each other, I can just see satan reclining and smiling because as long as we fight one another – we are not doing the good works God has planned for us. Satan keeps us distracted and not fighting the good fight.
For we are His workmanship—created in Messiah Yeshua for good deeds, which God prepared beforehand so we might walk in them. – Ephesians 2:10 TLV
Fight the good fight of faith! Take hold of the eternal life—you were called to it, and you made the good confession for it in the presence of many witnesses. – 1 Timothy 6:12 TLV
Therefore, since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also get rid of every weight and entangling sin. Let us run with endurance the race set before us, focusing on Yeshua, the initiator and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame; and He has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:1-2 TLV
We should fix our eyes on God and train to be His warriors for the fight in the heavenly realm.