Ephesians 6:12-13: “For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.”

God made us human. Humans live their lives on Earth in a body. As we were conceived we moved into our bodies; ever since it has become our home for as long as we walk this planet, and it’s the same place where God’s Spirit dwells – if we invite Him in. That’s why in another letter Paul compared our bodies to a temple (1 Corinthians 6:19-20):

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

If we don’t welcome the Spirit of God, then flesh and blood is like an accident waiting to happen, for various reasons:

  • The Holy Spirit is our telephone connection to Heaven. We won’t hear from God unless we let His Spirit speak to our hearts.
  • Only the Spirit of God is equipped to deal with the unseen world. As flesh and blood naturally deals with flesh and blood, so God’s Spirit naturally deals with the spiritual world.
  • Perhaps we know how to wage war against our human enemies; however flesh and blood does not know how to fight a spiritual battle.

Even if we don’t know of any human enemies, we all have a spiritual enemy who passionately hates us, and he does not go away by simply being ignored. Paul calls the enemy force the “mighty powers in this dark world, and evil spirits in the heavenly places”. This enemy force wants to destroy us and is the deeper reason why life is such a battle.

We desperately need God’s Spirit – we’re lost without Him, but we also need other human beings; let’s face it: we don’t function very well on our own. Personally, I don’t like to over-spiritualize things. That’s why I like to close today’s Thought of the Day with a Johnny Cash tune incidentally called “Flesh & Blood”:

“I leaned against a bark of birch
And I breathed the honey dew
I saw a North-bound flock of geese
Against a sky of baby blue
Beside the lily pads
I carved a whistle from a reed
Mother Nature’s quite a lady
But you’re the one I need
Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood
And you’re the one I need.”                           
Johnny Cash

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