People Aren’t Your Enemy!

There are many times in our daily lives that people get the best of us and we have to utter under our breath “I’m not fighting against flesh and blood!”. People can be unfair, underhanded, or maybe even cruel in their dealings with others, but the Word of God tells us we are not fighting against people (flesh and blood). And it’s important to remind ourselves of this on a daily basis.  The Word says our enemy is of the unseen world, or is spiritual, not physical.  The Bible speaks about the god of this world, who is Satan.  Satan is also called the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2:2) and the ruler of this world (John 12:31) and he is at work in the hearts of unbelievers. As believers, we have been rescued from Satan’s world of darkness and God has provided us with the appropriate armor to fight such an enemy (Eph. 6:13-18).  Anyone who is not a believer has been blinded by him and is under his influence.  But even believers, if we cast off our armor, can lose our stance and fall prey to Satan’s wiles. Remember, people are not your enemy.  Satan is.  But he uses people who have either been blinded by him or have allowed him to influence them.  The armor that God has issued to you is all you need to fight this fight.  So keep it on and don’t waste your time and energy fighting the wrong enemy!

12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NLT)

4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NLT)

1 Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. 2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. Ephesians 2:1-2 (NLT)

12 always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. 13 For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, Colossians 1:12-13 (NLT)