When it comes to life’s challenges, it’s better to fight with God and not against God.
In the battle between good and evil, Paul reminds us that we wrestle with forces that live beyond what we can see, hear, touch, taste, or smell. We wrestle with influences that oppose the good that God wants to accomplish in our lives. We wrestle with powers that seek our demise.
The devil has schemes. A scheme is an elaborate and systematic plan of action. It is not a one-time temptation but a comprehensive plan. Ever caught yourself asking, “Why did I do that?” Maybe you weren’t aware that you have an opponent who is constantly diagramming plays against you.
A healthy and growing spiritual life is similar to a healthy and growing physical life. You know that to stay healthy requires developing healthy habits and routines. There are certain things you can’t do and still remain healthy. It also may require learning to see yourself differently. If you see yourself as a bad person who doesn’t deserve to be loved, guess what? You’ll have a hard time finding love.
This passage is about how to use God’s resources and to see ourselves the way God sees us.
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