Several months ago I began to be drawn to the “armor of God” passage in Ephesians 6:10-20. However there was one particular verse that I just kept thinking about. That was verse 12:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly places.”
After quite a while God showed me in my own life what He wanted me to know and just seems to confirm it in many other situations. He wanted me to understand who the true enemy really is. We need to battle against the right enemy. In fact we spend a lot of time battling against the weapons the enemy uses. Is there a difference? I think so.
Often in our culture we think the enemy is the music we listen to, the movies we watch, the places we go, how we spend our time, etc. But these things are not the enemy! Now please understand that these are weapons that the enemy often uses, but they are NOT the enemy. The enemy is really more of a person. In fact he has a host of helpers. They are the rulers of the darkness that are in this world. They are wicked beings. We are battling against forces from spiritual places. Those other things are simply weapons that they use.
It’s important because victory is not just in overcoming a weapon, it is in defeating the enemy. If you just overcome a weapon, an enemy will just use another one. In fact, even if I overcome all of the weapons of the enemy he can use what may be the most violent, aggressive, destructive and powerful tool of all. He may resort to hand to hand combat. Intense and real personal attack.
To over come the weapons of movies, music, places we go etc. all I need is desire, commitment, will power, determination and perseverance. However according to Ephesians 6:14-18 what we need is truth, righteousness, faith, the gospel, salvation, the Word of God and prayer. These are the weapons that defeat the enemy. The real enemy.
So, fight the good fight, by fighting the right fight with the right weapons!