"Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by his vast strength. 11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens."(Ephesians 6:10-12)
This coming Sunday we will be wrapping up our Ephesians sermon series with The Gospel’s Warning Label. One of my favorite truisms is that spiritual activity breeds spiritual activity. Where God is at work, when the gospel is unleashed, we can count on the enemy to attack. One of the greatest reminders in Scripture is that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but that doesn’t mean the enemy is any less real.
In 2 Kings 6, the kingdom of Aram was at war with Israel. Elisha the prophet had warned Israel of a trap Aram had set, so the king of Aram sends an army to capture and presumably kill Elisha. In the morning, the army of Aram surrounds the place where Elisha and his servant stayed and the servant trembled in fear. The prophet tells the servant not to be afraid, for God was at work, battling on their behalf, even when he could not see. Elisha prays and God opens the servant's eyes to see the spiritual battle taking place all around them.
Paul tells the early church that the battle is real, and the enemy is not one that