Do you try too hard to wrestle against flesh and blood?
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Ephesians 6:12)
If not flesh, then what? We have to understand that, when the scripture says to “wrestle not against flesh and blood”, it’s also telling us the alternative. Though we do not wrestle against other men, what we really do is wrestle in a spiritual battle. So how do we do that? First, we understand that we battle. Second, we hand it to God.
Ephesians 6:12 tells us we don’t wrestle flesh, then lists the things we do wrestle.
Many scriptures reference the fact that God created everything. Also mentioned is the fact that there are “high places”. Ephesians 1:3 mentions heavenly places, and Ephesians 3:10 speaks of a realm of spiritual places. So what we need to know from this is that other realms, or places for spiritual beings to dwell, exist. Furthermore, we recognize that spiritual beings do exist.
Principalities and powers are usually mentioned together in scripture. So it’s important that we understand this wrestling isn’t a man in his physical, flesh state. But a principality, a being in power.
Rulers of the darkness of this world… well, that’s pretty plain. Those beings that rule are part of what we wrestle against as well. Against spiritual wickedness in high places? Well, that would refer to those beings, living in their spiritual realm, existing somewhere above the earth.
So then how do we wrestle spirits? And things we cannot see?
The term “wrestle” in this verse refers to hand-to-hand combat. Kind of impossible to combat a principality. So what we have to realize is that this battle cannot be done in the flesh. I know women generally tend to be less physically violent than men (unless our cubs are involved!) so this may not be our first thought anyway. But the enemy can attack our children just as he can anyone, so we need to remember where to turn and how to battle.
First and foremost, we need to realize that Satan is defeated. Not was, not will be. He IS defeated. Jesus took care of that a long time ago, and we must understand that while he still battles, he knows he lost.
“And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” (Colossians 2:15)
Doesn’t it just make you want to say, “BOOM!” I get tired of the enemy treading over Christians, and Christians allowing him to. I also get tired of us wasting our energy, fighting against others when the battle isn’t physical.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
Paul is telling the Corinthian church that while yes, we are flesh beings, we aren’t fighting in the flesh. We fight a battle of a spiritual nature, and our human weapons are useless. Jesus (having defeated Satan) brings down everything exalting itself.
So what weapon do we use? The Bible.
“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12)
If we read and study our Bibles, then we’re able to use the word of truth. God’s word.
When we have the Bible in our hearts and know God’s word, we can discern the physical from the spiritual. We have to remember that it’s not in us to fight these battles, and they belong to God.
Even Michael, the archangel, didn’t address Satan in his own capacity. He simply referred him to God (Jude 9).
The reason you need to wrestle not against flesh and blood is that it’s not your fight.
Jesus already won, Satan is just trying to make himself elevated. But no worries, God puts him in his place soon enough. You also cannot with this battle with your fists, or with any man made object. Being spiritual, the battle can only be won with God’s weapon (the Bible) and through the blood of Jesus.
What you do instead is to pray. Have conversation with God. Grow closer to Him by reading His word, you know, that sword that can separate bone and flesh. Because that’s his battle plan. Don’t be the weak soldier that your brothers and sisters in Christ cannot depend on.
Part of winning the battle is knowing your enemy. The best part about ours is this: the enemy is defeated.
Do you feel like the enemy is always at your door? Here’s my solution.