A theme that we are continually reminded of at Crossroads is the idea that our war is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual enemies. This comes from the scripture found in Ephesians 6:12 “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”
At Crossroads, we are taught the grim reality of how powerful the spiritual strongholds of addictions are. These strongholds are so powerful that they can cause people to never fulfill the plans that God has for them. Our war with the enemy is real. If we are in a war, then that indicates that we have an enemy; a very formidable foe. A problem we run into in our walk with Christ is a lack of seeing the enemy for who he is. That begs the commonly asked question around Crossroads, “How can you fight your enemy if you can’t see him?”. That would seem like a very good question especially in terms of a physical fight but how about for our spiritual fight? Scripture clearly states that our war is not against flesh and blood. That means our war is not with any of the people around us in our daily lives.
Why is it then that we still get angry with those around us if they aren’t our enemy? So often if another person is attacking us verbally we are quick to lash back in anger. The most challenging but most vital key to having victory in this battle is to see the enemy for who he really is. When we have our spiritual eyes are adjusted correctly to Jesus, then the prophetic words Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:12 comes to life in our heart. We can then see the enemy for who he is, see where he’s coming from, and from there we can dismantle the attack. In doing this we avoid falling into Satan’s trap of attacking our loved ones but instead will be able to show the supernatural love of Christ to everyone around us. This crucial piece of discipleship at Crossroads comes down to learning to unmask the enemy as the first important step in gaining victory over him. Therefore, let us all keep our sights on the true enemy of our souls and not on those whom Jesus also came to redeem.
(Blogger at CrossRoads Freedom Center)