Introduction Eph 6:12
Have you ever been in the position where no matter what you do nothing seems to go your way? Work, friendships, and feelings whatever you set your mind to. Some people call it bad luck or karma but regardless of your view it is a vex. You fight a battle that no matter what you do it is impossible to break the yoke.
1. Not against Flesh and Blood (Eph. 6:12)
· It is important understand that the battles we have are not against people.
· Relationships in the church and outside are not the problem.
i. We fight one against the other and are frustrated because we do not have significant relationships.
ii. Many time we attribute our battles with the carnal i.e. work and church relationships.
iii. I could be doing so much for God if my wife would be more spiritual.
iv. I could support the church more if my boss would give me a rise.
v. Pastor does not know my potential; I could assist him in the church and make it better.
vi. Sister talebearer needs to get her heart right and learn to appreciate me.
· It is important to look beyond the physical are fight is not with people.
That is the reason God tells us to pray (Matt 5:43-48).
(Rom 12:20-21) Overcome evil with good..
i. God wants us to have this discipline because he sees the big picture.
ii. The big picture is the fathers will
2. Fight Against The Rulers of Darkness
· Your confrontations whatever they are will involve rulers of Darkness or Demons.
You must understand that as believers we must react as Ambassadors of the Father.
i. Jesus did not respond as we would instead he went to the cross.
ii. It does not make sense if he came to establish his kingdom why did he die.
(John 18:36) - Stands before Pilate – I am not of this world, no sense to Pilate.
1. Understanding what a Christian is your first priority.
2. Understanding this will allow you to see eternally, just like JC. (THE CROSS)
(Luke 23:33-43) – He is what it is all about, Father Forgive Them
Jesus that day destroyed the powers of darkness thru his death, so also we must die
3. Your Vision
· This has to be the call to all believers, that you understand and live the spiritual struggles.
· What you go thru in this world is 1rrelavent
i. When you put it in perspective
ii. You might in the carnal get the raise or get one up on your sister in Christ but at whose expense?
· Winning in this world is not always the Victory.
· To humble yourself and defraud yourself will change you inwardly.
i. Story of Kevin Baxter and work.
ii. Joseph and his wicked brother (you made it for evil but God made it for Good).
Potiphar wife the whore, Gen 50:17-20
iii. There are many examples in the Bible of bad circumstances becoming a blessing.
· When it’s all said and done, what really matters is your heart and relationship with man and God.
· Know your enemy
i. Not those around you even if they are wicked
ii. It’s the hostiles spiritual wickedness, rulers of darkness
12 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.
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.
21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.
33 And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.
34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
35 And the people stood beholding. And the rulers also with them derided him, saying, He saved others; let him save himself, if he be Christ, the chosen of God.
36 And the soldiers also mocked him, coming to him, and offering him vinegar,
37 And saying, If thou be the king of the Jews, save thyself.
38 And a superscription also was written over him in letters of Greek, and Latin, and Hebrew, THIS IS THE KING OF THE JEWS.
39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us.
40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?
41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss.
42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom.
43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
7 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife: how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her, or to be with her.
11 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within.
12 And she caught him by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand, and fled, and got him out.
13 And it came to pass, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth,
14 That she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice:
15 And it came to pass, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled, and got him out.
16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home.
17 And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me:
18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out.
19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.
20 And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.
20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.
26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,
31 Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.
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.
For we wrestle not. The reason that we need the whole armor of God. With flesh and blood. The Israelites under Joshua had to fight against flesh and blood in order to conquer the land of Canaan. Ours is a spiritual warfare rather than a physical one. But against principalities. Not a comparative, but an absolute negation. Different ranks are seen among the hosts of Satan. It is not possible to make clear distinctions between the various types of foes mentioned here. Against the rulers of the darkness of this world. Literally, the world rulers of this darkness. Against spiritual wickedness. This rendering is unsatisfactory. It is against spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. High places, in the AV is the same Greek word translated "heavenly places" elsewhere in the epistle. This is the last of the five occurrences of en tois epouraniois, "in the heavenlies."
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Wherefore. Because our enemies are such as have just been described. Take unto you the whole armour. Again the human responsibility is emphasized. Able to withstand. Note that the passage speaks both of withstanding and of standing. The former is the ability to win the fight, to hold one's position; the latter shows the result of the conflict.
(from The Wycliffe Bible Commentary, Electronic Database. Copyright (c) 1962 by Moody Press)