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Wearing Out the Saints

  • For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world's rulers of the darkness of this age, and against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13 WEB.

    Paul wrote that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood. He said that our real enemies are in the spirit realm, behind the scenes, and not the people we are dealing with. You cannot see the spirits, but like the wind, you experience their presence. Paul was talking about spiritual warfare. Many of us have wrestled our entire life with unseen enemies, while others do not wrestle at all, or even know there is a spiritual war. The warfare is going on in the heavenly realms and being played out on Earth among human beings like us daily.

    Who is the enemy, what are they, and what do they want? As I understand it, there are three heavens with inhabitants in each one. In 2 Corinthians 12:2, Paul wrote of a man caught up to the third heaven where God's throne sits. If there is a third heaven, then there has to be a first and a second. The first heaven is the sky and air above us, which we can see. The second heaven is beyond that, and the third beyond that one. Whether two and three can actually be seen with the natural eye, I don't know. As far as I know, there is no Seventh Heaven, nor a Cloud Nine mentioned in scripture.

    The angel of light, satan, lucifer, is a created being. An archangel that once lived in the third heaven. According to Isaiah 14:12, he tried to lead a rebellion in heaven to overthrow God. He had one-third of the angels on his side. Still, he got his butt kicked, and he was tossed out. Now he lives between the third heaven and the Earth where we live. In Ephesians 2:2, satan is called: "the ruler of the kingdom of the air." This is probably referring to the second heaven. However, he occasionally visits the Earth because he appeared to Jesus in the wilderness.

    In Daniel 10:12, Daniel had fasted and prayed for 21 days when a man appeared to him. This was quite possibly the Lord Jesus Christ because the Man has almost the same description that John wrote about in Revelation 1:13. Both Daniel and the apostle John were slain in the spirit and then helped their feet by a man who wore a golden sash. His feet were like brass or bronze. His eyes were like fire (Daniel 10:6, Revelation 1:14).

    This "Man" told Daniel that from the first day of his fast that his words were heard, but the prince of Persia, an evil angel, had withstood Him 21 days. Then Michael, an Archangel, came to help Him break through the enemy lines. The message from God was delayed until a breakthrough happened in the heavenly realm.

    How is this possible, that the kingdom of darkness can stand in the way of the Kingdom of God? We don't know; how did Jacob wrestle with God all night and prevail? Apparently, because God allowed him to. There's a spiritual battle going on around us that has raged on for thousands of years. This age-old conflict can have significant effects on us.

    Daniel 7:25 (Speaking about the 4th Beast): "He shall speak words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and shall think to change the times and the law;"

    The Aramaic word for "wear out" or "persecute" here literally means to "wear out the mind." The attacks wear you down mentally until you want to curl up in a ball and quit. Our enemy does not focus as much on our hearts, emotions, personal holiness, or the fruit of the spirit. Instead, he attacks our minds. Our battle is often won or lost in our thought life. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? I am not talking about being physically tired but spiritually and mentally exhausted. That is how the enemy attacks us.

    We battle by renewing our minds through the Holy Spirit, as Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 (WEB): "Don't be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind'" In Philippians 4:8 (WEB), Paul wrote: "Finally, brothers, whatever things are true, whatever things are honorable, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report: if there is any virtue and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."

    Paul is telling us to "think on good things, and the peace of God will be with you." What we feed in our thought life will grow, and what we starve will die. Every sin begins with a thought. When you are dealing with or witnessing to people who are "living under the influence" like this, here are some helpful notes:

    1. Don't get sidetracked: Keep the main thing, the main thing. The evil spirit influencing them would love to weaken you by consuming your time and energy on meaningless disagreements that have no end.

    2. Engage in warfare: Pray about it, for we do wrestle. Keep in mind that the battle is spiritual because, behind the scenes, evil spirits are trying to disrupt God's plans. Paul wrote: "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God" and "bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ" (2 Corinthians 10:4'5). We use our spiritual authority through the blood of Christ to bind the spirit, which is trying to influence others with wrong thoughts.

    3. Be nice: Show your opponents honor and respect. Keep in mind that the people who come against you are not your enemies. Your real enemy is the spirit influencing them, and they are merely using willing individuals to accomplish their desires. God works through His people, so does the enemy.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please speak to me in a way that I understand. Guide me, for I am nothing without You. Strengthen me and refresh my spirit. Help me learn spiritual survival skills. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: 'Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your request to God.' (Philippians 4:6-7). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Kevin J. Eck
Kevin J. Eck Amen, help me to learn spiritual skills Father...
Jun 11
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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Heavenly Father, please speak to me in a way that I understand. Guide me, for I am nothing without You. Strengthen me and refresh my spirit. Help me learn spiritual survival skills. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️
Jun 11
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Marilyn Salter
Marilyn Salter Lord keep the evil one far from thoughts. I pray the Holy Spirit keeps watch over me and helps me to care for my fellow man.
Jun 12
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Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen Thank you Jesus.

God bless you pastor

Jun 11
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

Jun 11
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I pray 

Jun 11
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Jun 11

Amen. Heavenly Father,  I trust YOU Lord. I Thank You for guiding me. AMEN

Jun 11
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David  Earlywine
David Earlywine

Amen 

Jun 11
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!  Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia for today's powerful message. 

Jun 11
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Heavenly Father for guiding me and teaching me spiritual skills. Amen 

Jun 11
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

Yes, Pastor Dion, raise the rally cry! We are in a spiritual battle. Lead me, Lord! Find me listening and obedient. Amen

Jun 11
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Father Please Speak To Me In A Way That I Know It's You Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Jun 11
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Please give us all spiritual survival skills to fight the battles against us, Amen!

Jun 11
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for giving us your words to fight in the spirit world thank you for your protection 

Jun 11
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 11
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Dot Vardsveen
Dot Vardsveen

This devotional touched my heart so much this morning. I thought about my sisters and just how true your words are. Please pray for us that we can recognize these spiritual enemies and that God will increase our faith.  God bless you. 

Jun 11
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Jun 11
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Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez

Amen and amen !

   Did God put me on your mind, It is 

  what I'm feeling . Don't forget me on 

  your prayers .thanks ! Pastor Dion ,Sylvia and 

 Brothers and sisters of  my Lord Jesus Christ.!

Jun 11
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! 

Jun 11
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David Fabillaran
David Fabillaran

Amen Lord Jesus!

Jun 11
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Protect us from evil my God. Praise God Praise Jesus Amen 

Jun 11
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Lord Yeshua's name I ask this, Amen. 

Jun 12
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, I need You, without You I can't do anything, please strengthen me for Your purpose, I pray this in Your Holy name, amen. 

Jun 12
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David Krull
David Krull

Amen. Good stuff Pastor as always.

 

Jun 12
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Amen! Thank you for this devotion today!

 

Jun 13