UPSET? - Your Real Enemy
Do you realize you live in two worlds simultaneously? We have conflicts in these two worlds and sometimes we get them mixed up. Because the physical world is more evident to us it gets most of our attention. But that "seen world" can deceive you. We are not of that world. Though we live, eat, breathe, work, and play in that world, that realm is temporal. (2 For 4:18)
We are "spirit beings" before we grew a body of flesh and became "human beings." Later our mothers gave birth to us and we moved among the earth dwellers. However, we are from another place. God knew us spiritually before you existed physically. The Bible says “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.” (Jer 1:5 NLT).
"For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, ...and against evil spirits in the heavenly places"
Ephesians 6:12 NLT
With this Biblical principle in mind, we must remember we exist in two dimensions the natural and the spiritual. We are born of the Spirit. We walk in the Spirit. We are seated in heavenly or spiritual places. We pray in the Spirit, sing in the Spirit and worship in the Spirit. It is in the spiritual realm that we find our identity, our authority, and our victory.
You see it is in the spiritual realm that we fight. That is where you find your victory. Jack Hayford said, "Our enemy is spiritual. Keeping a clear focus on the true nature of our demonic assailants is essential. So much of a believer’s time is wasted, energy expended and injury incurred because we spend ourselves battling people (flesh and blood) instead of the spiritual forces at work in a situation."
During this season of anxiety, conflict, opposition, and deception we must keep our eyes on who our real enemy is. "In the process of attempting to wrestle believers into defeat in their personal lives, the devil attempts to divert the force of our spiritual warfare toward others in our families, our churches, our work place and community. The devil knows full well these two things: (1) if we start fighting other people, they will certainly oblige us and fight back, and (2) that if we start fighting each other, we will never get around to defeating him.”
"For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. 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)
So, whatever (or whoever) you face today, make up your mind that your enemy is the devil. Are you upset? Get upset at him. Angry? Get angry at him. As we do "prayer and praise warfare" in the spiritual realm make peace with those around us in the natural realm. Then the devil stands no chance of succeeding in your life. Right now keep in mind who your enemy really is and go after him with every weapon of warfare God has given you.
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