Words from the Heart for Tuesday July 28th, 2020
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)
The Real Enemy
When the First World War began in 1914, there was widespread suspicion in Canada that immigrants from enemy countries – Germany, Austria-Hungary, and later Turkey and Bulgaria– might be disloyal. Labelling them “enemy aliens,” the federal government passed regulations which allowed it to monitor and even intern some of these immigrants. Merchant marines and military reservists were also interned. During and immediately after the war, 8,579 enemy aliens were interned as prisoners of war across the country.
When I was in pastoral ministry and was doing pastoral counseling, I learned early on that the first thing a person wanted to talk to me about was seldom the real issue. We had to dig a little deeper to determine what was at the heart of their need. The Bible tells us that we Christians are in a battle. On the surface it might look like a cultural war, or a worship war, or war for Biblical authority. On the surface the enemy might look like another human being, and from the unkind and cutting comments I too often read online from professing Christians, they seem to think it is. But the Bible teaches something different. In Ephesians 6:12 we read: “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.” Our enemies are not ultimately other human beings. We are called to love others unconditionally. We are to recognize the battle we are fighting is a spiritual one, and our enemies are in the spiritual realm. We fight them with prayer and the authority and power of God’s word.
These have been words from the heart.