For We Wrestle Not Against Flesh And Blood
The Bible is a book filled with wisdom. It is the story of how God has worked in His creation, and it gives us a strategy on how we should live on this Earth.
Here are five verses from the New Testament:
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.
Let’s take a look at what the Bible says about wrestling. The book of Ephesians tells us that we wrestle against:
- the devil,
- the world,
- the flesh, and so on. It also tells us that we wrestle against:
- the world system (Ephesians 6:12),
- our enemy (1 Peter 5:8), and -the darkness of this world (Ephesians 6).
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.
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.
Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth; and having put on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of wickedness: And take unto you also the sword or word of God.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
The second half of the verse contains one of the most important parts of Christian warfare. It’s a call to stand up for what you believe in and defend those who need it, even if that means standing up to your enemies or someone who wants to manipulate you.
This is a foreign concept to us today because we don’t believe in defending anything that isn’t physical, tangible, and concrete—but this verse reminds us that there are spiritual battles going on every day all around us! If we’re not aware of them they’ll slip right by undetected. But if we stand vigilant with our loins girt about with truth (meaning our minds wrapped around God’s word), then we will be able to recognize when an attack begins so that we can defend ourselves from the enemy’s lies.
And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
Your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
The shoes on your feet are a symbol of preparation, and so is this passage. In other words, we don’t have to go into battle unprepared. We have been prepared by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. And when you know that everything you need has been provided for you, how can you not be at peace?
Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
The shield of faith is a metaphor for God’s protection. The Bible is a shield against sin, temptation, and evil forces. Jesus Christ is our shield against the fiery darts of the wicked one. The Holy Spirit is our shield of salvation, which we can only receive through faith in Christ (Ephesians 6:16).
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
The first part of this verse is talking about the helmet of salvation. In other words, we are to wear a helmet when we go into battle against our enemies. The second part of this verse says that we are to take the sword and use it as a weapon in our battles.
The sword represents God’s word and His power (see Hebrews 4:12). God’s word is powerful enough to overcome any enemy that comes against us, but if we don’t use that power for ourselves, then we will not be able to defeat our enemies on earth or in heaven (see Ephesians 6:12).
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Prayer is the cry of our hearts. It is a way of showing God how much we love him and how much we want to know him better. We are to pray for others, ourselves, and all saints (1 Timothy 2:1). This means that we should be praying for those who are believers and unbelievers alike. When we pray, it’s important to remember two things:
- First of all, we must never give up on prayer. Even if it seems like no one is listening or hearing what you have to say, keep going because God always hears us when we call out His name (Romans 10:13).
- Secondly, when you start praying ask yourself why you are doing so? Is it because you have something specific in mind? If so then make sure that your request is according-to-the Word because “If ye abide not in me [Jesus], ye are cast forth as a branch [cut off]…and wither; And they gather them together into bundles…and they cast them into the fire [hell]” (John 15:6).
The word gives us a strategy on how we should live on this Earth.
The word gives us a strategy on how we should live on this Earth. The word is the sword that we must use to fight against the evil in this world. The word is the shield that we must use to protect ourselves from the evil in this world.
In conclusion, we are called to fight the good fight of faith. This means that we must live our lives in such a way that we are prepared to meet the challenges of life. We must stand against evil and never give up hope. The word of God gives us strength as well as knowledge so that we can resist temptation and overcome evil with good (Romans 12: 21).