Today’s Devotional Written by: Jessica Galvan
Scripture: Ephesians 6:12
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.
KJV: For our battle is not against flesh and blood; but against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Thought for the Day: Paul writes, our battle is fought against things we cannot see!…not against flesh and blood. Do we not fight flesh and blood daily, already? Yet now, we fight another battle – this battle for our mind/spirit. How do we battle, fight, and win a victory over things unseen? Does it have to be seen to be believed?
Feelings make us happy, smile, laugh or cry. Oxygen, hydrogen, pheromones and water vapor are all good things you can’t see flying through the air. A person, a song, a warm fuzzy or an ill will; a sad memory or an odd thought comes “from out of the blue” and you ask – from WHERE did that thought COME? Why am I thinking that? Why did I dream that? Sound familiar?
With those questions asked, how unbelievable can that (things that can’t be seen) remain when one considers that our precious health and well-being; our very bodies, minds and thoughts are subject to things we cannot see. Catching a cold, Ebola, H1N1 or the measles — are all illnesses we cannot see enter our bodies through the air we breathe – and our bodies become infected. We battle for our physical health with vitamins, proper diet & exercise, using caution, not running with scissors, etc.
Before the “digital age”, antenna radio and TV signals were received through the air. Today, our computers and electronic minds (drives) are subject to viruses and other bugs. They can become infected through Wi-Fi connection (through the air). We battle for our computers health with programs or apps and use caution about the websites we visit.
Much like our bodies and computers, our minds/spirit (thoughts) can become infected with disbelief such as Ill-feelings toward others, deception or depression; each full of darkness and defeat. In the same manner we battle for the health of our body and electronics, we should battle for our mind/spiritual health (against spiritual darkness) using the powerful word of God, prayer, and with the whole armor of God; about which Paul continues to write. Could spirits be in the air? Consider please, it is what you cannot see that can be the most impactful and meaningful.
We may not be able to “see” spirits or infections; however, we can see evidence, the result of each, in our actions. It is likewise, with our faith. Yet one day our faith will be SIGHT! Until then, the good news is, the victory we seek is ours through a relationship with Jesus Christ!
Prayer: Praise you, Almighty God, Ruler of all! In your Son’s name I seek the refuge of Your protection against the dark spirits of this world that I cannot see AND the flesh and blood I can see. Who can be against me when You are before me? Father, prepare me for battle. Please continue to be with me (and this dear reader). Strengthen The Holy Spirit within me and help me to adorn the full armor of God so that the wickedness does not infect my spirit. Thank you. In the name of Jesus, Amen!
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