Blogtober 20th – Not against Flesh and Blood

Man in Armor -Rembrandt 1655-

Man in Armor
-Rembrandt 1655-

From Ephesians 6

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

-Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

The occasions in our culture that evil has taken hold and is seemingly succeeding beyond measure is not the result of a conspiracy of flesh and blood. It seems like it though. Doesn’t it? But the more I study man and history, the more I’m seeing things at work that aren’t masterminded by men. They try of course and seem to succeed for a time but circumstances take place that have no man-made explanations. Each man or woman acts according to their own ways and to achieve their own gain, like wayward children. Here’s a photo of Hitler after France surrenders. Isn’t he cute?

German Chancellor Adolf Hitler (right) and his staff celebrate France's surrender at Compiegne, June 21, 1940

German Chancellor Adolf Hitler (right) and his staff celebrate France’s surrender at Compiegne, June 21, 1940

The following article on mercatornet refers to three cases upon which legislation turned to make sweeping changes to the foundations of the culture. The cases were about people living and acting according to their own worldview and doing what they felt was good for themselves in the moment. The powers that be would have us to believe the players in these stories were transcendent or nobler or more vile than to be simply tragic or common.

http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/three_lies_that_built_a_revolution

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. ” – 1 Corinthians 10:13

Common temptations, yes, but fighting against them takes super-human strength…which we don’t have. We have Christ. He is our way of escape.

Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

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