It is no secret that there is a lot of chaos in our country and much to be concerned with around the word. The bad does seem to outnumber the good in this world. At least that’s what you’re told to think but there is a significant problem that we are witnessing in both our country and across the world and that’s a battle against good and evil.
Forget right vs left and democrat vs republic, the battle that we are embarked upon is a spiritual one. Unfortunately, the human race is very complicated and complex and does not allow for anything easy to be done. We cannot under emphasize the enemy but we also cannot over emphasize the enemy. If we underemphasize the enemy, we make invasion and conquer much easier but if we overemphasize the enemy, we risk avoiding accountability.
For example, we cannot blame every problem that we have or every situation that we find ourselves in on Satan. This ignores the issue of accountability as there is a real human factor involved. However, we also cannot ignore the fact that there is a spiritual war being fought all around us and many people are guilty of this including Christians. There is a real reason why God hid so much of the spiritual war from us and I am thankful that He did this for us.
Here is what we do know for sure: our enemy is not of flesh and blood but exists in the spiritual realm. It is important to understand the translation you are reading because changing just a single word or two can alter the entire verse. For this article, we will use the King James Version. Ephesians 6:12, reads: “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.”
When we read this scripture, we must take into account or acknowledge that there is a listing of the “ranks” within the demonic armies. “Rulers” seem to indicate a top level of evil spiritual forces. “Authorities” refer to general forces of evil attacking believers seems to refer to the worldwide nature of this spiritual battle. “Evil in the high places” again emphasizes a battle beyond this world. This is important because a battle can happen at any level and at any place here below on Earth.
Regardless where I am whether I am in the United States or Indonesia or any other place, I am under spiritual attack. Although the devil is limited in many things, he has an army of willing and able demonic participants who are ready to attack each one of us so we must be alarmed and ready for what the enemy has planned for us. The good news is that Christ went to the cross to defeat Satan and through this victory, we have the strength and control over Satan. We are able to Satan to get out and through our faith, he will flee: “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).