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. (Eph 6:12)
I have a close loved one whom every time someone offends them says, “They’re trying to assassinate my character!” Aside from that being just a tad dramatic, it’s incredibly inaccurate.
The truth is as human beings in our fallen state, we are very selfish and self-centered. Most times, we really don’t have a mapped out plan to destroy someone’s life just for the sake of tearing them down. If we hurt or offend someone, many times it’s innocent and even when it is deliberate, it’s not really about tearing them down but it’s about raising ourselves up.
So why is it that we’d rather believe that an offense is all about us? I’m convinced that for some, it just makes them feel more important to believe that everyone is against them; that everyone’s focus is on them as if they are envied by the world!
But I also realize that for many of us, we are quick to react to people because we can see them face to face and what’s more, we can reach out and touch them if need be. But this is a pointless thing because as the Word of God tells us, people are not our enemy. They may be used by your true enemy (some more readily than others) but they are NOT your enemy. You have an enemy; a real enemy. There is someone that wants nothing more than to kill you, steal from you and then ultimately destroy you but you’d better believe that he’s a lot more crafty than a piece of flesh.
Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19) Why then are we wasting our physical strength on man when God has given us power to step on our true enemy? Is it because we’re too hysterical in our offense to even remember God’s promise?
The enemy will have you to believe that it’s all about your brothers and your sisters and that you’d better take them down before they take you down. And here we are bickering and fighting with each other in open display (and ruining our witness I might add) while our enemy is raising up three more just like them!
Food for thought: What if Jesus had reacted to the flesh and blood that was attacking Him? Where would we be today?
Scripture References: Ephesians 6:12 ; Luke 10:19 ; John 10:10