Aside

showpicEphesians 6:12 says, “We fight not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers and spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.” Funny, but sometimes they look just like you. No offense. They also look like me. Let’s agree that we’ll try to remember who it is we fight against, and quit thinking of each other as irksome flesh-eating blood-suckers. Americans have a difficult time believing in evil spirits. We tend to mistake them for syndromes, because it’s really rude to call anyone demon-possessed. In other countries-Haiti, India, and Thailand, for example, the powers of darkness are recognized as very real. Not even questioned. You make a pot of rice for your family, you save some to ward off evil spirits, placing it in that fancy little mail-box thingy outside your house. My Indian friend Minder paid his neighbors 5,000 rupees a week to keep them from casting spells on his mother- until He became a Christian and figured out that His God could beat up their gods. Our fight is against invisibles. That’s tough, but it’s for our own good. If we could see them, we’d pee our pants. Besides, the fact that they’re invisible makes it pretty much God’s job to fight our battles since He’s invisible, too.

Greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world.

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