A few years ago I received an accusatory email from someone I hadn’t spoken to in almost a year. As I responded, my heart raced and my fingers trembled. I later realized this was a bodily response to an internal battle.
A battle raged within my soul as the flesh fought for first place in my response. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit emerged as Victor as I yielded to Him.
I’m not sure I have ever been so keenly aware of my flesh fighting that hard for victory. After completing the email and sharing with confidants, I started to calm down.
Upon later reflection, I was reminded once again that we do not struggle with flesh and blood. Our struggle is against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) Now, that’s a mouthful. This surely puts the struggle in perspective.
Christians cannot be possessed by demons, but the enemy can surely influence us. I pray I will never become a puppet in the enemy’s hand against someone else. Knowing this increases my desire to walk by the Spirit and not after the flesh. The flesh is so destructive. I don’t want to entertain, my enemy, Christ’s enemy in any way. Sigh…
I often say and it is true, left to myself, I will dishonor my Lord times over. I don’t want to do this. Whether by life or by death, I want Jesus uplifted.
Every believer faces this soul fight whether we recognize it or not. You are not going crazy. You’re in a battle! Know that. We don’t have to be afraid of the enemy, respectful yes, but not afraid. But, we must remain mindful of him and how he always seeks to wreak havoc in our souls and in the lives of others.
What are you facing today that’s leaving you feeling baffled and defeated? Tilt your head just a little bit and you may see an enemy behind the struggle. The armor of God is for real. So thankful I had suited up when I received that email.
May you go forth strong in the strength of his might. (Ephesians 6:10)