The Visible/Invisible Enemy
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
When you go to war, you often have a visible enemy that you know you are fighting. It is important in every war to identify the enemy so that you know who you are fighting. One of the hardest battles that Americans have fought for decades was against ISIS. The reason this battle was so hard was because they were very much like an invisible enemy because they were not a nation, but they were a terrorist group that lived within several nations. It was often said by many generals that our battle against them was like fighting an invisible army.
One of the hardest things you will learn about the Christian walk is that you are fighting an invisible enemy; however, this invisible enemy often uses visible people to do their work. If you have served the LORD for any length of time, you will know the frustration of having to fight these battles. The believer should accept that battles will come because God commanded us to put on the “whole armour of God.” In the verse above, God gives the believer a warning as to this battle and who they are to fight against. Let me give several observations about this verse and what it says to the believer.
First, our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the invisible enemy of Satan. The believer cannot see Satan; therefore, this battle that we fight is a difficult one. God warns the believer in the verse above that our battle is “against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” This battle that we fight is against an invisible enemy.
Second, Satan uses flesh and blood to fight his battles. This is where it becomes difficult for the believer. Satan uses people to fight against the believer. You will find that many of the battles you have fought in the Christian life have occurred because fellow believers or the lost world have attacked you. You are going to have to keep in mind that though flesh and blood are the ones from whom the attacks come, they are not to be your focus of attack. If you are going to win the battle, you are going to have to understand that your battle is against the invisible enemy that you cannot see.
Third, always realize that the flesh and blood who attack you are only attacking you because sin has broken them. Many of these people who come after you are only tools of Satan, and if they were to yield to the Holy Spirit, they would no longer be your enemy. Your focus needs to be against the sin that is breaking people. The hardest thing you will fight against is not to become bitter against the flesh and blood who attack you. If you stay focused on fighting sin, you can win this invisible, yet visible battle.
Fourth, if you focus your attacks on the visible flesh and blood, you become no different from those who are tools in Satan’s hand. My friend, you can quickly digress into the flesh and blood battle if you focus your attacks against those who are attacking you. The best way to fight this invisible battle is to walk with God in the Scriptures and prayer, yield to the Holy Spirit, and counter-attack Satan by reaching the lost for Christ. You will find that you can do more damage to Satan’s cause by doing right than you ever will by lowering yourself to fighting flesh and blood.