thisisalsoit.com/TNZ – Ephesians 6:12-13

41. (Dec 11) Ephesians 6:12-13: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ephesians%206:12-13&version=KJ21

TNZ Comments:

  • “Those whom God wills to destroy he first deprives of their reason” – Joshua Barnes
  • “I’m gonna be exactly what U wanna see…am I the beast U visualised & if you wanna to see eccentrialities I’ll be grotesque before ur eyes”
  • “Can the heart reveal the proof Like a mirror reveals the truth? See the evil one is you, Is that scary for you?…”
  • “So let the performance start…” 😉

Ephesians 6:12-13 (21st Century King James Version)

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.

Therefore, take unto you the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day and, having done all, to stand.

After reading a couple of commentaries (credits at the end), here’s what I’ve come up with:

Our enemies are not other people.  This is a way bigger battle than physical war.  We are in a spiritual war.  It’s easy to think our enemy is a person or body of people because we can see this.  It’s tangible.  Believe me though… seeing does not validate existence.  There are many things that exist that are not visible to the naked eye.

The people are not the enemy.  It is what is controlling the people that is the enemy. We, the people, should be a team.  We need to be an army of LOVE…. God’s soldiers… fighting the true enemy.

We need to understand the seriousness of the struggle we are in. We need to learn not to fight or fear each other, but to fear God and to understand what motivates people. We are living in a war zone. We are on property and territory that is controlled by an enemy, and we are light in the midst of darkness.

We have everything we need if we put our faith in God.

This is a war, we must be soldiers.

What is the purpose of a soldier? It is to fight battles, and that is what God is doing in us now. He has given us the great privilege of being the battlefield upon which his great victories are won.

We must learn how to fight—how to move out, how to throw off the confusing restraints of the world, how not to be conformed to the age in which we live—and to move against the tide, against the current, greatly glorifying God.

Back to the previous reference to Daniel….

Daniel, as a teenager, was a prisoner in a foreign land. He was exposed to a pagan environment and had to fight the battle day by day, counting time after time upon God’s faithfulness to keep him when everything was against him. The pressures brought to bear upon him were almost incredible. But again and again Daniel and his friends met the tests and won the battles and carried on.

Toward the close of the book Daniel was sent a visitor, the angel Michael, who told him some tremendous things. Daniel was allowed to see down the stream of time well beyond our own day. Yet when the angel first appeared to him, Daniel was greatly troubled. He fell upon his face, his knees shook, and he was fearful and afraid of his holy visitor. But the angel said to him, “O Daniel, man greatly beloved…fear not.” (Dan. 10:11, 12) Why was he beloved? Because he was a faithful soldier.

This is the privilege to which God is calling us in this day of world unrest and distress. God is calling us to be soldiers, to walk in the steps of those who have won the battle before us, having been faithful unto death if necessary. This is the privilege of those who are called and equipped with every spiritual blessing, so that there might be a body, a temple, a mystery, a new man, a bride, and a soldier for Jesus Christ. That is quite a calling.

Do not lose sight of what God is doing. The world cannot see it. It has no idea what is taking place. But you know, and you can see it, so do not lose heart.

Credits to:

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=9&contentID=76&commInfo=2&topic=Ephesians&ar=Eph_6_12

http://www.preceptaustin.org/ephesians_612-13_by_wayne_barber.htm

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~ by lilwendy on December 11, 2009.

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