Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Ephesians 6:12 (MSG)
This is no afternoon athletic contest that we”ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels.
Whether it is our preference or not, every believer must go into the ring with these enemies. They not only move in a general malice against the saints, but a very definitive spite against every son/daughter of the King. Consider this parallel: As the Lord delights in private communion with each His children, where mutual enjoyment occurs; the triad of enemies delights to challenge the Christian when alone. Let our church come to grips with this spiritual certainty – the whole issue of your spiritual destiny is personal and particular. Look – Satan hates you; Satan accuses you; Satan tempts you. On the other hand, we lose much comfort when we fail to appropriate God’s promises and providences as for our specific needs: God loves me, God pardons me, God takes care of me. The water supply for a city will do you absolutely no good unless you have plumbing to carry it to your house.
But why is this called wrestling you might ask? Because it is single combat: one-on-one; one opponent singles out another and exerts his whole strength & force against the other. Each contestant must be shaken and tried until one or the other is proclaimed victorious.
How to wrestle might be the next question?
1) Invite God’s manifest Presence to stand behind you.
2) Ancient wrestlers used to anoint their body before a match to prevent a
handhold on some part of their body. Therefore, stay in training.
3) Use what advantages (more on this later) you have with wisdom;
And remember this: we are not called to immediately triumph over our enemies, but our calling is to carry the battle to the enemy. The state of grace is the commencement of this battle, not the culmination of it. Therefore, receive this word: “You are the wrestler – Christ is the Conqueror”. This is a place of rest for God’s people – we do not just beat the air. On earth we overcome to fight again. This is the way our life is. But when death comes – GOD STRIKES THE FINAL BLOW.