For our battle is not against flesh and blood. I am becoming more and more aware of the battle we are really in. The war within and around us does not stop and is constantly drawing us into frustration. The Ephesian 6 passage above reminds us that our struggle isn't with people; however, we tend to fight like it is. The principalities and powers that we battle against bait us into turning on each other. Many find talk of such a battle as preposterous or nonsense and yet everyday the enemy assaults our relationships with deceitful tactics. Husbands and wives blame each other and ignore the root of the sin that is separating them. Parents and kids pull further and further apart and the real enemy sits back and watches the destruction.
As a people of faith we need to turn our prayers and efforts into recognizing we are fighting the wrong battle. We waste time destroying other humans as if they are the enemy. Scripture says they are victims of the real enemy and the power to defeat them is the humble fervent prayer of Spirit filled believers. I have been drawn further to my knees as the battle all around rages. Will you join me in recognizing our desperate need to battle not against flesh and blood, but rather principalities and powers?