"Finally my brethren be strong in the Lord and in the power of HIS might..."
When it comes to spiritual warfare, this simple statement--frequently read but often glossed over--is the nexus, the beginning and the ending, the alpha and omega, of the entire subject. But it is all too easy to fall into the deception of self-sufficiency, to confuse the power of our might, our resources, with the power of God's might and HIS resources.
Yes, King David had physically powerful men in his physical army. Yes, Bathsheba wrote of valiant women in her letter to her son. But in his letter to the Christians of Ephesus, the apostle Paul admonished all Christians, both women and men, to be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
A premiere example of how to do this, is found in the life of Moses, the most politically powerful man among all the Hebrews, yet the Bible says he was also the most humble person on earth.
When Moses was faced with the overthrow of his God-ordained government, he did not rally the troops—which he could have done. The Israelite army was large [and largely loyal to him], but instead, Moses fell on his face before God in intercession and prayer for a people who were condemning themselves.
Moses saw the big picture and knew what was at stake. He knew that real victory entailed much more than mere physical victory over a physical enemy. He was raised a prince in Egypt. He was a physically powerful man who had experienced the best training that could be had in physical warfare. At the age of 40, he was depicted as fighting and single-handedly defeating multiple adversaries, simultaneously. The Bible says, he remained a physically powerful man throughout his life. Yet, when he became God’s man, we never again see even a hint of the masculine pride and dependence on political status or physical strength that had dominated his early life.
The enemies of our souls are not a flesh and blood persons, but make no mistake about it, they are are real and very powerful spiritual beings. We cannot afford to forget that everything we see was created by that which we cannot see.
The physical is always subordinate to the spiritual.
And as a roaring lion, the enemy of our souls prowls about seeking to destroy anyone and everyone he can. But our Creator, in his infinite mercy, has equipped his people with everything we need for life and godliness as well as to resist and fight battles in the spiritual realm, battles that will be of great import in our lives--one way or the the other--in the physical realm we currently inhabit.
So, even though Diabolos often works through people, the battle is really spiritual, and spiritual battles cannot be won through physical means.
Want to learn more? Ephesians 6:10-18 is a great place to start, but don't stop there. Strengthen our spirits daily by knowing and doing the Word of God.
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