Posted by: bshelley | July 7, 2008

Seeking God’s Heart- by Bryan Shelley

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-ephesians-6_12

Today’s Verse: Ephesians 6:12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the spiritual forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. NASB

I am certainly not one to look for Satan behind every bush or event, but I am certain because the Bible tells us so that he is behind every temptation and evil thing. There are real spiritual beings that operate by lies. We are engaged in a spiritual battle we often do not even want to acknowledge. How much of a disadvantage that must place us at in Christian warfare when we refuse to acknowledge the enemy? Our heavenly Father does not leave us defenseless in this spiritual battle for the souls of men. He provides us with the knowledge of ultimate victory in Christ for those who persist to the finish. How important that is to know that we will overcome in Him? That knowledge is critical to having hope and assurance in the heat of spiritual battles. We can be buoyed in the face of arrows of hate and prejudice flung at us by those who would reject such a salvation as we have in Christ Jesus. They seemingly spend endless hours and resources trying to defame the very God who created them spirited on by the dark forces of evil. The most important and powerful weapons we have in this fight are God’s truth in His word and prayer. If we attempt to fight the good fight in our own power and abilities, we will be worn and even torn down. If we avail ourselves of God’s protection, provision and presence we can and will prevail in Him. Paul says it best in verse 18:

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Pray not only for strength for yourself, but for all the saints as His church seeks to make disciples for Christ and to reach out and demonstrate His love in a world desperately in need of selfless love. Pray for all God’s children to find their way home to acceptance of His offering of His gospel of peace. Understand that ours is a spiritual battle for the very souls of men and Satan will resist until the very end. Good News…Christ wins the war, but there will be battles everyday. Will you fight the good fight with spiritual weapons to win spiritual battles?



  1. Sometimes the armor is too heavy, the weapons feel weary. And I feel beaten, and unable.
    BUT GOD is SO much bigger than all of my concerns!
    I will keep praying…..keep praising….keep trusting that the outcome is safe in HIS hands.
    (Why do I still worry?! I need to hand more over, don’t I.)

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