Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 5th, 2021
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 (NKJV)
A five-year effort to return to the top of the Olympic podium ended in about five minutes for Canadian wrestler Erica Wiebe. Estonia’s Epp Maee jumped out to a quick lead and hung on for a 5-4 win in their first-round matchup. It was a fairly surprising early exit for the defending champion, who couldn’t recover from a slow start. “My only goal today was just to compete at my best, and I think I did that the last two minutes of the match,” Wiebe said. “That wasn’t enough today.”
The apostle Paul loved to use athletics to illustrate the Christian life. He speaks a few times about runners, and in Ephesians 6:12 he uses wrestling to explain the spiritual battle that each of us is in. He writes, “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.” Followers of Jesus are constantly aware that we are in a battle. We live in a world that has principles that stand in opposition to the principles of the Kingdom of God. But Paul reminds us that the real battle is not against the things we see. That is just where the battle is manifested. Our battle is a spiritual battle, and it is fought in the spiritual realms, against the powers of darkness. We wrestle using spiritual weapons – prayer, the Word of God, our testimony of all that Jesus has done and is doing in our lives. The battle will continue until Jesus comes. But victory is assured because our enemy has been defeated on the cross.
These have been words from the heart.