10: Choose to Wrestle

Published on Aug 24, 2022

Ephesians 6:12 – 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.

Paul simply announces spiritual warfare as a fact.

We are not carrying on a physical war, but the battle is no less real. Paul makes the distinction between what we do and do not wrestle against. We wrestle principalities, powers, rulers, and spiritual hosts of wickedness: all members of a spiritual army, under the headship of Satan. The spiritual forces that work against us are varied, but all have just one aim, to knock the believer down from their place of standing.

Paul in 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 reminds us that though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood; our battle is spiritual, so we put on the whole armor of God. Our battle is not against the people around us or their behavior. The real issue is the victory or defeat of God’s purpose for our lives. The evil one has but one aim, to defeat God’s divine purpose for your life and mine. We are to fight.

Have you chosen to put on your armor?

Lord may I increasingly depend on your power and might.


Preethi Alice Jacob

Preethi Jacob is the author of the yearlong devotional At the Potter’s Wheel, Day by Day. Her journey includes teaching a Bible Study Fellowship class, teaching and leading the Sunday School ministry in her church, leading Bible studies, besides counselling young women. She serves on the Global Mission Team of the United Bible Societies and lives in Bangalore, India with her husband and two young adult children.

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