This battle is between Jesus’ Church, and Satan; along with Satan’s system. We are told in Ephesians 6:12 “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.” We must remind ourselves that the battle is not between men, churches, or even other denominations. The enemy would savor nothing more than to have us fighting amongst ourselves.
Who are our allies in this battle? All the other peculiar people, of course!
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;” 1 Peter 2:9
You have been called out of the darkness. You have been brought into the light. You are a warrior on this battlefield.
Who are we battling against?
We are told in Ephesians 6:12 that we are not battling against flesh and blood. We are not battling other men. We are battling against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
In short, we battle against Satan and his system. Satan prods us to question the Word of God…..”Did God say that?” Satan is the author of confusion. Satan’s system is set up to push us farther from God and the Truth. He wants to keep us far from the light and trap us in spiritual darkness; and our human nature is often very willing to go right along.
This, not the church down the street that doesn’t do things the way you think they should be done, not your neighbor who is a nice guy but never goes to church and cusses like a sailor, not your coworker who challenges your beliefs any time he catches you in the break room; these compile a short list of who we are battling. We must not get caught up in fighting a false enemy while allowing the real enemy to gain a stronghold in our lives.
So are we powerless and ill equipped against this enemy? No! As warriors God supplies us with the “whole armour of God”. We must put on this armour daily in order to continually be at the ready for battle. This is explained in Ephesians 6:13-18
“13 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.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;”