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
It’s common in our day to find some believers who spend so much of their time praying against perceived human enemies they erroneously hold responsible for all the troubles in their lives. This is an error borne out of their ignorance of the Scriptures. The opening scripture says “We wrestle not against flesh and blood,” meaning that the real adversary is not flesh and blood, and therefore couldn’t be any man.
Someone may hate and despise you but he’s not your enemy. Your real adversary is the devil and his spiritual cohorts of “principalities,” “powers,” “rulers of the darkness of this world,” and “spiritual wickedness in high places” (Ephesians 6:12); these are not flesh and blood.
The trick of the devil is to make people think fellow men are their adversaries and so divert attention from himself. So while they’re busy at war with their neighbours or the government, or even with fellow brothers and sisters in the church, the devil runs rampage—causing havoc all around the world. But we’re smarter than that! The Bible says we’re not ignorant of his devices; his wiles, crafty schemes and stratagems (2 Corinthians 2:11).
James 4:7 says “…Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” Notice it didn’t say resist your fellow man or your fellow brothers and sisters. Rather, you’re to love them and do them good, and pray for even those who despitefully use you, and persecute you (Matthew 5:44). Why? Because they’re not the enemy!
The arch-enemy of the believer is satan. He’s the accuser of the brethren, but he’s a defeated foe: “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: FOR THE ACCUSER of our brethren is cast down, which ACCUSE THEM before our God day and night” (Revelations 12:10). So you have authority to stop him, and keep him under your feet where he belongs.
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Dear heavenly Father, I give you thanks for the opportunity to be blessed by your precious Word today. I’m not ignorant of satan’s devices and refuse to fall prey to them. I keep satan and the cohorts of hell under my feet, where they belong, in Jesus’ mighty Name. Amen
FURTHER STUDY: 1 Peter 5:8-9; 2 Corinthians 2:11