We don’t struggle against flesh and blood, yet we think more about the obstacles which are in front of us than the ones which are unseen. And our culture esteems selfish spirituality where the spirit world serves us and we miss the power and impact of spirits among us…
11 Then Asa called to the Lord his God and said, “Lord, there is no one like you to help the powerless against the mighty. Help us, Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this vast army. Lord, you are our God; do not let mere mortals prevail against you.”
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 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.
In Ephesians 6, Paul rightly frames our battles as spiritual and not as physical. We do not struggle against flesh and blood.
We think more about the obstacles which are in front of us than we do the ones which are unseen. That’s human nature, and it’s certainly 21st century North American human nature.
The spirits in the heavenly realm – those principalities and powers at work against God and his people – these are the forces warring for our souls and against the Lord.
If those forces can get us to believe that we are dealing only with flesh and blood, then their job is half done. And as our culture has increasingly built up the importance of self and selfish agendas, the spirit world is often thought of only as a tool which a human could use for his own objectives.
Will spirituality enhance my life? The emphasis is on me… This question ignores that we are members of the spiritual world and we cannot escape the spiritual nature of life and the impacts of our participation in the spiritual world.
When King Asa called upon the Lord, Asa recognized that there is no one like God to help the powerless against the mighty. Judah put their complete reliance upon the Lord and asked that God not let their enemies be victorious against God. Asa knew that as God’s chosen people, a battle that the tribe of Judah fought was a battle fought with God.
As we consider what this means for us, we must be cautious that we do not think God will automatically be on our side because of our identity as his children. King Asa had cleaned up the practices of Judah to eliminate idol worship and pagan ritual from among them.
When we align ourselves with God as his children, we must do so in accordance with God’s commands for our lives.
In his hands and in right relationship with him, God will be our guide and our protector in our battles. We have to keep our perspective on the spiritual level, however. When the victorious outcome of our struggle is glory to God, we can expect him to provide the victory in his name for his renown in our world…