We Wrestle Not with Flesh and Blood

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It’s easy to become a slave to self, whether in a positive or negative view, in our overly self-absorbed society. We either think too highly of ourselves or we think very poorly of ourselves. Perhaps many of us can relate to both sides. We can easily look down our noses at folks with a haughty attitude of “I’m better” and in the same breath and feel inadequate. Both are lies from the enemy.

I heard a message this week that addressed both ends of the spectrum. When you think you think you’re high and mighty- that you’re such a good person and better than someone else- remember that outside of Jesus Christ you deserve death. We all do. No one is better than any other person. We are all created in the image of God and need His grace to make heaven our home.

At the same time, we are the righteousness of God in Christ. If you’re hearing thoughts (or someone else is telling you), “You’re not good enough,” You’re never going to be good enough,” or “You always fail” – these are lies from the enemy. These lies are spiritual warfare. We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities (Eph 6:12).

Have you ever wondered why the scripture is written that way? Why did Paul feel compelled to explain that we wrestle not against flesh and blood? Perhaps it is because spiritual warfare appears to be fought against other people– even against ourselves at times. In actuality, spiritual warfare is fought in the spirit realm– against demons and the lies of the enemy.

Our job as Christians is to resist these lies. How do we do this? We go to the Word of God. Anytime we have a thought or are told something that does not line up with the Word of God, we can discern that it is a lie. If you hear, “you’re such a good person because you…”- counter with God’s Word that says we are saved by grace and not actions lest anyone should boast (Eph 2:9). If you hear that you are unworthy, God’s Word says you are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Cor 5:21). If you hear God can’t help you, God’s Word says He has a “plan to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future” (Jer 29:11). He is not surprised by your circumstance, because He knew it was going to happen before you did. It’s part of His perfect plan.

Not only can we resist the lies of the enemy, we can operate in the freedom in Christ by shifting the focus off of ourselves. We do this when we stop thinking about how great or how not great we are and we start helping other people. Other people are our ministry. God didn’t call us to be islands (Rom 14:7). He called us to be the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:27).

OX- Crystal

3 thoughts on “We Wrestle Not with Flesh and Blood

  1. I love this Crystal. Some suffer from feeling better than others, but most of the women I have known feel inferior to others. Feelings lie! We must act on what we know is true, not what we feel. When we act on feeling, this is exactly where the Enemy wants a woman to be. In that place he can manipulate us to make pour decisions, undervalue ourselves and even hurt others to try to make ourselves look better. God loves each of us so much that He sent his Son to die for us. If it were only one of us, He would have done the same. We are the daughters of the Most High God and we are loved completely right where we are. He cannot love us more and He will never love us less. God is unchanging and so is His love for us. When we walk in the Fruit of the Spirit, we understand our value and are humbled by God’s great love for us. Love you sweet Crystal!

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    1. Beautifully said, Brenda! Acting on what we know to be truth instead of what we feel is powerful instruction. Perhaps those who appear to value themselves over others are the ones who undervalue themselves the most. We need to always encourage and love one another. Love you so much!

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