Could we fight against Satan?
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.” (Ephesians 6:12, NET). Many sincere “believers” are persuaded, by the theories and teachings made by men, that it is their spiritual responsibility to fight against, and defeat Satan. The “believers” here is employed in quotation marks to distinguish them from the “yielded believers.” Those who are only the “believers” are still alive to self so. Therefore, they are certain that they must defeat Satan to advance into the Kingdom of God. The “yielded believers” however, are dead to self. Therefore, the dead cannot fight. The “yielded believers” have Christ living in them, and Christ has conquered Satan on the cross at Golgotha. Therefore, His victory on the cross is also the victory of the yielded believers.
Those who believe they must defeat Satan never achieve a sense of victory. The more they fight the Satan, the harder it becomes. Consequently, they drift into a state of fear, despair, and doubt because they cannot know Satan’s next move. They do not feel victorious because they do not understand the true nature of the enemy; therefore, they do not know how best to fight the Force, the Power of evil – Satan.
The Apostle Paul, in the above verse, states unequivocally that our enemy is a FORCE not made of flesh and blood. Satan is not some obstacle we encounter on our spiritual journey. He is not something we could kick out of our way, or go around him because, he is an extraterrestrial FORCE, a spirit present everywhere. The evil we see in front of us is also behind us even in greater strength than we see in front of us. The “enemy” is far more powerful than the “believers” could imagine. Even if the enemy would reveal himself plainly, the “believers” could not recognize him.
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