"It’s NOT What You See That Can Harm You The Most"
It’s NOT What You See That Can Harm You The Most
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
We (humans) spend a lot of time and effort in the natural. What does that mean? In the Bible, when the writers refer to the “natural;” they are talking about the stuff we go through regularly in life, the stuff you can put your hand on. For example, you have a job you do daily that is in the natural. You eat food daily in the natural. You converse with friends and family regularly in the natural. It is the realm we live in, and God certainly understands the reality of it. So when I say we spend a lot of time and effort in the natural, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I just don’t want us to forget that there is also another realm. According to scripture, there is also a heavenly realm. It is much harder to describe and define. In short, it is where battles are taking place over our lives. It is the realm of the angels and the realm of the warfare for our souls. It is the realm that God often moves in before we see it in the natural. It is the place of our prayers. It is the place where we call on God to move on our behalf or on the behalf of another. It is mostly unseen and mysterious, but is real all the same. It is also an area that the Word encourages us to acknowledge, visit, and learn. So, even though we spend a lot of time and effort in the natural; we need to learn to start spending more time in the heavenlies. The heavenlies are where the real battles over our lives are won. It is where principalities, powers, and the ruler of the dark resides. He is no other than Satan. In Ephesians, Paul puts it out there as blunt and as honest as he can. He says to us, We wrestle not against flesh and blood; but against these principalities and powers I just spoke of. He is letting us in on some inside information. If we want to walk in victory in spiritual things, we must learn to fight in the spiritual place. We must learn to pray and call upon God to move in the spiritual realm. When God brings victories in the spiritual realm it changes what we see in the natural one. In short, we need to get busy fighting with the weapons of warfare that God has given to us; the ones connected to the spiritual realm. Why? Because it’s not what you SEE that can harm you the most; it’s what you don’t see that is trying to destroy you and everybody you love.