Friday, 17 May 2013


Not against flesh and blood but principalities and powers!

It’s very common to hear: “I feel he just blatantly hates me”, “that girl is very sassy, such a sniche”, “a gossiper and backbiter, so big-mouthed!”, “gosh! he’s such a liar!”…

We need to realize the fact that when the Bible says we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers (Eph 6:12), it really meant it. The fact that someone gossips about you, spreads lies about you, or literarily abuses you in your face, is not an excuse to develop hatred for that person or to keep malice. We are all created in His Image and Likeness.

We also need to understand that man is primarily a spirit (Gal 5:17, Rom 8:9) just living in a body, so the real things that happen first happen in the spiritual before you see a physical manifestation. That your neighbor or colleague that acts in such manner, if you really look beyond the physical, you’ll know that he/she is being controlled by some evil spirit. Whether you like it or not, anger is backed by a demon, unforgiveness is backed by an evil spirit, gossiping is backed by an evil spirit, a hardened heart is backed by an evil spirit.

Once you can understand this fact, then it would be easier for us to obey and practice what Jesus commanded: pray for them that 'hate' you (Matt 5:44). You have only one real enemy, which is the devil! Your enemies are also the people or things that attempt to hamper your progress in life either spiritually or physically. The battles in this world are always bad against good, demonic spirit against Holy Spirit. That is the real battle. Don’t go around hating everyone that offends you! Let love lead, and that is the primary commandment God gave us: love your neighbor as yourself. 

If you love your neighbors (those around you), you’ll pray for them because really, every bad behavior or attitude is backed up by some evil spirit. Don’t take this for granted! The simple fact is that unforgiveness and hatred does more harm to you than that person and in fact, you are indirectly inviting the devil into your own life. People would always 'offend' you one way or the other, but its actually your choice to either get offended or not.

Besides, Ps 23:5 says, He prepares a table before you in the presence of your ‘human enemies’, so, if you pray for all your ‘human enemies’ to die, which one of them would remain to see you come out victoriously, basking in God’s glory? The devil only uses humans as instruments against each other. Imagine a house of two: the first with the spirit of anger and the second with the spirit of strife, I tell you, that house would be a living hell.

So once again, let love lead, always.

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