Many people are so focused on their own lives that they are blind and deaf to the spirit realm which is equally as active as the physical realm. In this story, the Apostle Paul helps followers of Christ understand that their persecution and suffering has everything to do with “the devil’s schemes,” because we wage a spiritual war “against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12).
So why is it that we often find ourselves arguing with or fighting our brothers and sisters in Christ, family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and some times even strangers we meet on life’s journey? The dragon, the god of this age, has “blinded the minds of unbelievers so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:4). This story at the end of Paul’s letter to the Ephesus house church network helps us discover Yahweh’s perspective on the spiritual war that is being waged relentlessly by angels and demons without rest or end until Judgement Day (Revelation 20:10-15).
As long as we are inactive in the spiritual war, we will not be a threat to the enemy, and he will not spend time assigning his forces to attack us. However, if we join our Lord Jesus, arm ourselves with his spiritual armor, and begin to fight, we can expect relentless attacks. What wonderful news to know that our weapons are divine! “The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world; they have divine power to demolish satanic strongholds” (2 Corinthians 10:4). And our hope as children of God is stronger than any attack or momentary suffering because, “the Holy Spirit who lives in us is greater than the devil in the world” (1 John 4:4).
Jesus Christ’s Spiritual Kingdom Armor >
- Belt of Truth (John 8:32)
- Breastplate of Righteousness (Romans 8:2)
- Gospel of Peace Sandals (2 Corinthians 5:17-18)
- Shield of Faith (Galatians 2:20)
- Helmet of Salvation (Ephesians 1:13)
- Word Sword of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 4:4)
The Spirit Realm War story sketches >
Sketch #1: Cloud & swords – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates a spiritual battle taking place in heaven between Jesus’ angels and Satan’s demons.
Sketches 2-4: Spiritual armor – These sketches are the six pieces of Jesus Christ’s armor that he designed and provides for his followers to put on and join in the fight.
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