Commentary By: Gordon King
We fight not against flesh and blood, but against evil spirits and demonic activity. The world around us is falling deeper into a cycle of evil, where no man or woman is immune from its grip! Sin is abounding rapidly around the world, and we must all face it in our daily lives.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
While we know that we fight against such evil entities in the world, we also know that many people are possessed by these spirits, and many are also led by them as well. The world is not a perfect place, nor are its inhabitants.
1 John 5:19
“We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”
We must come to grips with these facts, that evil spirits and demonic powers are real, and they have the power to unleash havoc, destruction, and mayhem. They are led by the father of all lies, Satan himself! For he has come not to bring love and peace, but to steal, kill, and destroy!
We are all fighting battles in our lives, battles against sin, against the desires of the flesh, and against evil forces which cannot be seen. Even Christians face these battles, we are not immune from their evil intentions. We struggle with them on a daily basis, and we must turn to God daily in our fight against the enemy, against the sin in the world. We are weak but Christ is strong, and His power is made perfect in our weakness. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are made strong through the power of Christ!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
‘But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’
We have the Holy Spirit living within us, each and every believer in Jesus Christ. Christ has already overcome the world, and as children of God we have also overcome!
1 John 4:4
“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”
Although we have overcome the evil in the world, we must continue to fight a battle, to engage the enemy while living here on earth. This evil enemy will try to overcome us, to bring us down, to divide us, and to conquer us. They will try to break up our marriages, to destroy our friendships, and break down our families. They will try to take away what God has given us, to cause us harm, and to weaken our faith.
The enemy knows that we have already overcome through the blood of Jesus, yet, they will try to tell us that we haven’t! They will place doubt and fear in our minds, in the hope that either we don’t know that we have overcome, or that we will not feel worthy enough to remain in God’s good graces! These are both lies, straight from the pit of hell!
The enemy knows the flesh, they know that we are weak, and they will take advantage of that fact. This is why it is so vitally important for all believers to know just who you are in Christ. That we have the power of God inside of us, and that we have already overcome the world!
“Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham.“
Jesus died not only as a propitiation for our sins, but to overcome death and to destroy the devil! God gives aid to the seed of Abraham, that includes all believers in Jesus Christ! For those gentiles who believe have been adopted by Christ and grafted into God’s family. God not only loves us, but He is here to help us!
As believers we have overcome the world, we have overcome death! We have the power of Christ living within us, and we have Christ himself fighting for us. Do not fear nor be dismayed, for He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world!
Fight the good fight by leaning on Christ, seek Him first in all things, ask Him to help you and to guide you. Pray against the enemy, pray, pray, pray! Commune with the Lord on a daily basis and you will overcome the evils in the world. Believe what God has told us in His word, believe and put your faith in His promises to us!
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.”
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
“And from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood”
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. “
1 Peter 2:9-10
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.“
God bless my friends! Maranatha!