WE WRESTLE NOT AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD:
We quote the verse in Eph.6:12 many times wrong by saying we fight not against flesh and blood. This implements that we fight against something. However, the proper word translated from Greek here translates ‘wrestle’, like seen in the KJV. When we study further in and around this verse, we note that it is accompanied with the armour of God. Eph.6:11-18 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” In many cases, armour is associated with warfare; but here it’s associated with a defense meganism. The armour of God does not indicate that we are to use it for battle; however, it tells us to use the armour to stand strong. It is rather a driving force to push forward than a outfit to go into battle with. Even the sword is to be used rather for healing, restoration and correction, not to cut up, stab or condemnation(Heb.4:12). The sword is to be used to divide truth from lies; giving as a cutting edge ministry.
Let’s take another close look at Eph.6:12 “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.” Although we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers and rulers of darkness of this world and against spiritual wickedness in high places – I want you to take note that this verse does not indicate that we are to wrestle against any entity whatsoever, but simply against the actions of such evil. The real key in doing this is found in verse 13 – “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” We are to withstand these things in the evil day and by doing all to remain standing. This is what James said in James 4:7; “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” We need to wrestle out false beliefs with the truth of God’s Word in our minds.
Simply meaning, that we walk through all things evil like it doesn’t even exist. This is also mentioned in Rom.12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Many people and even Christians see the armour of God as getting ready for war, but let’s take a look at why God describes it like this through Paul.
The Functions of the Armour:
1) ‘Loins girt about with truth’
Knowing the truth will allow you not to be swade by just any teaching, doctrine, or false evidence that may appear real. Knowing the truth brings about light.
2) ‘Breastplate of righteousness’
Righteousness represents having right standing with God. It is the condition of man’s heart and the conviction one have of the truth.
3) ‘Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace’
Your feet takes you places, and the preparation of the Gospel speaks of witnessing unto the world – evangelism (like seen in Matt.28:19)
4) ‘Shield of faith’
A shield protects us from objects thrown at us. Strong faith is like a shield which blocks off doubt and unbelieve. Objects can’t easily penetrate a shield. The shield can also be used as a driving force to push forward…
5) ‘Helmet of salvation’
The helmet in the armour protects the head. This speaks of knowledge. The head also houses the ears and eyes which take in information; and also the mouth which can speak good or evil. We are to protect ourselves from lending ear to wrong things, our eyes from observing wrong images and our mouths from speaking evil.
6) ‘Sword of the Spirit’
To understand the function of the sword, which is the spoken Word of God, let us take a look at Heb.4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” The sword therefore is used to deliver truth.
The Armour of God is not for fighting battles, but rather to advance in the knowledge of God and not fall victim to false doctrines and deceiving ways of scheming wickedness.
Many people quote Mark 16:17-18; “These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.” The key words to note here is: ‘These MIRACULOUS SIGNS will accompany…’ These are signs that will follow those who believe, not artillery to fight battles. If you believe, then these things will take place without any battle.
THE REAL BATTLE:
The real battle is that which takes place in our minds. The mind can become a real battlefield because of the lack of knowledge. We battle daily against doubt and fear. With so many false doctrines and religious teachings, with a lack of knowledge, our minds starts to wonder and doubt creeps in; which opens a door to fear and many other things. Paul said we fight the good fight of faith – this is more than just believing, but rather knowing that God’s Word is the only and final truth which we are to live by. It is knowing that which God says are so and that’s it!
NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES:
Phil.2:9-10 “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.” The Name JESUS is above all names, and in the Name of Jesus, we have authority. In Matt.28:19, Jesus gives us authority in His Name to proclaim the Kingdom of God and Salvation unto the world. In Mark 16:17 Jesus gives us authority in His Name to cast out devils.
Sticking to the topic of this article, I want to elaborate some more on this. If we don’t have the knowledge of the Name of Jesus and its authority, we might just end up like the seven sons of Sceva in Acts 19:14; who was almost killed by evil spirits that attacked them. We need to know Who Jesus is (if you don’t know Who Jesus is, then there is many articles on this Blog which will give you that knowledge).
Too many times I hear Christians praying for people who are possessed by evil spirits and not knowing about legal rights. The first thing to know is that evil spirit don’t want to be noticed, but when noticed; they can easily deceive us if we don’t have the knowledge in how to deal with them. Most importantly is to know and understand that Jesus gave us authority to use His Name in casting out evil spirits. Jesus didn’t say that we are to use His Name to ask God to cast out evil; He said, in My Name they shall cast out demons (Mark 16:17). With the conviction of the Word of God we are to cast out demons in Jesus Name.
Jesus gave us His proxy to do so. Meaning that we can act on behalf of Jesus and the authority will be respected as though it is Jesus Himself, because the Greater One lives and abides within us – The power to do these things is within us!
Although we have received power and authority to cast out demons in the Name of Jesus, we must beware of the legal rights of the spiritual realm. Learning form Jesus Himself, we can study all the scriptures where Jesus cast out demons. God has given man free will, and this free will has a lot to do with the legal rights of spirits. Nowhere in the Bible is it recorded that Jesus cast out demons without the consent of the person being possessed.
In every case Jesus dealt with, people came to Jesus to be delivered from the oppression of evil spirits and possession. It is through preaching the Word of God that people desire change and when possessed, they noticed that there is something wrong which shouldn’t be in them. It is the entrance of God’s Word that gives light to this (Ps.119:130). You can’t just go around and cast out every demon you notice. Discernment is given so that we might know what we dealing with, but we must always preach the Word of God to man first so that they can come to a point of acceptance. Without the acceptance of the Word of God, we can’t cast out demons. It is like forcing a person into Salvation – it just don’t work that way. Jesus knew this and His disciples understood this as well.
Demons gain legal rights to possess human bodies through many ways; some times people are aware, but in many cases people are not aware that they are opening doors to evil spirits to enter them. So how does legal rights work? I’ll explain it like this: take for example you renting a house, as the tenant of the house, you have the legal right to occupy the space. Now, if you open the door for a stranger to come and live in that space, legally that stranger gain a legal right to live there – not even the owner has the right to kick him out; only you as the legal tenant has the right to kick him out. However, unless you can see that the stranger in your house shouldn’t be there, you will never see the importance why the stranger has to get out or the possible dangers of having the stranger living in your space.
Legally you have the right to allow the stranger in; and legally you have the right to kick him out – Not even the owner can do that. It is up to the owner or the legal representative of the owner to let you know the legal right you have as a tenant. This is our part in the Body of Christ. As legal representatives of Jesus, we are to minister truth onto people for them to come to the conviction of what they carry before we can take action.
SPIRIT OF INFIRMATIES:
Most probably the most difficult spirit to deal with is the spirit of infirmarties. This is a mindset of evil or religion which is not easily broken. Like a Christian who has a protective helmet, like what we seen in Ephesians 6, evil doers and religious folks also have their own helmets. That book of Ephessians tells us to put on the full armour of God, therefore, we must take off the armour of evil and religion first.
The only battle we are fighting is that of the mind. Devil and all his cohorts have been defeated long ago. The only hold devil can have on us is that which we give him. So when we take a hold of the truth, devil can’t have nothing on us. He might still be able to deceive people, but through the truth he is declared a defeated foe.
A spirit of infirmaties brings forth doubt, fear and unbelief. Sometimes it can take years before breaking through peoples mindsets which has been in doctrinated by false teaching or humanly twisted religion as what we see in the teaching of the law who rejected Jesus. However, in some cases, this spirit is easily broken; but we must keep in mind, that this spirit is birth through the human mind and are different than dealing with an actual evil force or demon.
A spirit of infirmary is challenging to the faith of a Christian – meaning that it is always ready to argue its point and beliefs, always questioning and rejecting the greater truth. The only way to deal with this spirit is to speak the truth and not get frustrated – in other words, with patience!
A true Christian has been born more than a conqueror – born beyond the battle line or battle field, we have no battle to fight – accept fight the good fight of faith; meaning that let God’s Word prevail!