Knowing Whose Battle It Is
Verse 9 But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
As we talked about yesterday there are those who come and try to interrupt God’s work in a Church family. And while it is good to be on the lookout for those who are infiltrators, it is also very important to remember what our position is. We are not the commander of the army of God.
We mentioned yesterday about the mystical teachings of some of those that are false teachers. The interest in spiritual warfare has grown over the last few decades and while it is important to be knowledgeable about it, we need to take great caution in letting it become a main focus. It is also crucial to know the boundaries that have been laid out for us in dealing with things in the spiritual realm.
It has become the practice of some to rebuke the evil spirits demanding they obey our words. This is dangerous as without really thinking about it we can place ourselves in a battle that isn’t ours to fight. First, we must accept the fact that in our human nature we don’t hold the authority to engage in battle on our own. Even Jesus in His human state didn’t call on His own understanding to combat the enemy. While in the wilderness prior to active ministry, Jesus had a few notable encounters with the devil. Each time Jesus encountered the enemy He drew from the Word of God to deflect the enemy’s misuse of Scripture.
This is not to say that we should not engage in spiritual warfare. In fact, nearly every day we can find ourselves in situations where we have to call on God to help us fight some battle that seems more than we can deal with. The fact we need to remember is that the battle isn’t about us and therefore not ours to win. As we talked about the other day it is easy to think that we are the ones in authority but we have to remember our place.
It is hard to examine our motive in the midst of the battle and so we need to be intentional every moment about who we see in authority of our lives. We must remember it isn’t up to us to take down the enemy, but we are to stand firm on the ground that God has already taken. We are not to be afraid of the one who holds no true power over us.
Making It Personal
Is there a certain area of your life that you notice greater spiritual struggle? What do you need to put under God’s control to stand your ground in that battle? What verses can you keep handy to fight against the enemy during those times?
Making It Personal Kids
What are some things that good and evil fight about? Which side does Jesus fight for? Do you join Jesus in fighting evil?
Father, thank You for fighting spiritual battles for us. We know that we don’t have the authority to overcome evil on our own. Give us the verses we need to stand our ground in You. In Jesus’ name, amen.