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.
When we face opposition in our lives, we often focus on the person, the individual or group of people, right? It is much easier to fight an enemy we can see, but, according to Paul, we don’t fight flesh and blood, we fight an invisible enemy.
There is an Invisible World that is Just As Real as the Visible World.
I remember hearing Chip Ingram focus on the following passage as an example of just how real the invisible world is –
“When the servant of the man of God rose early in the morning and went out, behold, an army with horses and chariots was all around the city. And the servant said, “Alas, my master! What shall we do?” He said, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” Then Elisha prayed and said, “O LORD, please open his eyes that he may see.” So the LORD opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw, and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” (2 Kings 6:14-17).
Second, the Invisible War we face has Eternal Consequences
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4).
Think of the conflicts in your life right now. Could it be that the opposition is rooted in a spiritual battle?