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. We have lived in our bodies for as long as we can remember, and it’s the same place where God’s Spirit dwells if we invite Him in, which is why Paul wrote in one of his letters (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.”

The Holy Spirit is our telephone connection to Heaven. We won’t hear from God, unless we let His Spirit speak into our hearts. Without the Spirit of God, flesh and blood is like an accident waiting to happen. Perhaps we know how to wage war against our human enemies; however flesh and blood does not know how to fight a spiritual battle. Only the Spirit of God is equipped to deal with the unseen world and will help us fight our spiritual battles. As flesh and blood naturally deals with flesh and blood, so God’s Spirit naturally deals with the spiritual world.

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. Our fragile hearts need protection. It’s our precious centerpiece, the seat of our passion and love, the temple of our heart where we worship God, and God will do everything in His power to protect this heart of ours.

Personally, I don’t like to over-spiritualize things. We desperately need God’s Spirit – we are lost without Him – but we also need other human beings; let’s face it: we don’t function very well on our own. I like to close today with a quote from one of Johnny Cash’s song lyrics, 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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