For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
This verse has really been proving itself true over and over again recently. Last night there were knocks on my door in the late hour. These knocks were harmless. The man knocking was not going to harm me in any way. I was safe the whole time with God by my side.
However, I spent the entire night and most of today completely messed up from those knocks. Satan knew what he was doing and it wasn’t pretty. Satan used those knocks to wreak havoc on my peaceful night with God. Those knocks to me, were not just knocks. They were all of my past fears and every single emotion that went along with each past fear rolled into one. With each knock, the fear grew deeper and wider and pretty soon it consumed my entire being. I was paralyzed by the fear. I was shaking uncontrollably. My mind was spinning with different scenarios of how my night was going to end. If the man wasn’t going to kill me, the fear swelling up in my heart would have.
This morning, still emotional from last night, I prayed to God, and this is what I said,
Dear Lord, I know there is a purpose in what happened last night. I am not sure what it is. I am sorry that I got a little upset with you. Please show me, guide me in your truth, teach me, for you are my God , my Savior and my hope is in you all day long. Thank you for keeping me safe and bringing me your peace.
Less that 24 hours after the incident, and I believe God has opened my eyes to the lesson he wants me to learn.
I was focusing my frustrations towards the man knocking on my door, when in reality I should have been focusing my frustrations towards Satan. God showed me HIS truth that our struggle is not against flesh and blood. Our struggle is against Satan alone. There is never a reason to hate people for the horrific things they do, even if that man would have broken in to my apartment, I would still be able to love him. For I know that this man did nothing, the evil he has let dwell inside of him did something.
Then, this thought took me back to my abuser from years ago. It is ok to love Him. For, he did not do anything to me, the evil he welcomed into his heart each morning was the cause of my hurt and pain. My struggle is not against flesh and blood, it goes beyond that.
The man from last night, just wanted let into his dad’s apartment that he had been locked out of for 6 hours. (I am the manager, with the key!) Satan used this incident to try to paralyze me in fear and bring me away from God.
Sorry Satan, my God is BIGGER and with Him I am victorious, I do not fall victim to you. My God used this incident to remind me that our struggle is not against the knife that stabs an innocent man, the gun that shoots a police officer, the man’s words that cut deeper than a knife in his wife’s ear, the bomb that dismantles innocent lives, the boogie man that traumatizes sweet little one’s night’s sleep, or the knocks on a door that takes a mighty princess-warrior-in-training of the King off of the path He has for her, our struggle is against the rulers, the authorities, the powers of this dark world, and the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. God used this moment to remind me why I can love those who have hurt innocent lives, because He loves them too. Our world is being corrupted, but not by anything other than PURE EVIL. It is time we stop blaming the boogie man, and put on God’s armor to be protected against the devil’s evil schemes.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
Let the vessels Satan uses to cause havoc on our peace with God, drive us to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the world. For He is the only One who can save us. The world needs to know the weapons they can posses from God to take down the boogie-men in their own life. Because of my own boogie-man experience, I have been refreshed with a new Spirit from God to share His love, and dwell in His safety always. Thank you Jesus:)