Ephesians 6:10-12

Battle Against the True Enemy


Ephesians 6:10-12 finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil for our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers against the powers against the world forces of this darkness against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places this tells us that the battle we have is not against human beings for the first 7 years of our marriage Jan and I battled one another the enemy set us up and I never realized it we were set up in all kinds of circumstances and we would wound each other emotionally hurt each other and never see it never know it and as a result of that we would fight each other after the first 7 years of our marriage I got a revelation and it was from this scripture Ephesians 6 it said that the enemy sets us up with schemes verse 11 said, schemes of the devil so the enemy was setting me up with schemes to wound my wife and she would wound me and neither of us knew how verse 12 says our struggle is not against flesh and blood do you know the moment we get into an argument that scripture might as well not have been written for all the good that it did us it just went right out the window we would argue with one another flesh and blood not realizing there was one who had set us up I saw a movie one time right after I’d read that scripture and God connected this scripture with this picture it was about the revolutionary war it was as the British soldiers came marching up the road to conquer at Lexington the row of American Militia came out to meet them and there were two rows of soldiers standing with their guns facing each other in between the American General and the British General were talking to each other negotiating now who fired the first shot they called it the shot heard around the world history hasn’t really recorded exactly who fired the first shot nobody knows but the way this movie depicted it was this there was an arms dealer over in the bushes behind the little wall he didn’t care about the Americans he didn’t care about the British he just wanted to start a war so he could serve his own self interest and sell guns to both sides so while no one was looking he shot the second in command British officer who fell over dead of course the British General immediately assumed the Americans had done that stopped his negotiation and issued an order for his men to fire which they did obviously the American General also stopped talking issued an order to his men to fire which they did and the war was on who fired the shot heard around the world who fired the first shot a disinterested arms dealer who wasn’t for either party I saw that and the Lord said to me that is Ephesians 6:12 that is what’s happening in your marriage everyday the arms dealer sets you up uses one of you without realizing it to shoot the other emotionally and not know that you did it because you didn’t know you did it you can’t repent then what happens the other one shoots back and the war is on the same thing happens between two children if you ask two children who get in a fight who started it what do they say? he did you know the other one you ask husband and wife who started it she did, he did the other one who’s right what God showed me after 7 years both, why because neither one actually intentionally fired the shot it was the arms dealer who fired through one tomorrow I want to share with you what is the strategy how does the arms dealer do that God unveiled that to me and we shut that down in our marriage and it ceased to function but the first revelation was we’re not in a battle against flesh and blood if we would join together and fight the true enemy we would win every time that’s not only true about marriage that’s true in church that’s true in business that’s true in politics that’s true in almost every area of life so my question for you today is what area of your life are you fighting flesh and blood where the enemy has set you up set you in a battle with someone maybe it’s s spouse maybe it’s a son or daughter maybe it’s a parent maybe it’s somebody at work in the work place who has the enemy set you up to battle with and neither of you wants to battle you don’t want it the other person doesn’t want it God doesn’t want it the only one who wants it is the enemy and you’ve been set up who has set you up today and would you just ask God God how do I bring resolution to that how do I stop fighting flesh and blood and take authority in the spirit to shut that thing down do that in your life today Father I pray for each one listening to me today, watching this that Father we would know how to shut down the works of the devil to stop that battle that really shouldn’t be against flesh and blood but is God reveal the arms dealer how he set us up in the name of Yeshua Amen


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