Ephesians 6:12-13: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

God made us human. Humans live their lives on Earth in a physical body. We have lived in our bodies for as long as we can remember, and it is the same place where God’s Spirit dwells if we invite Him in. The Apostle 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; unfortunately, flesh and blood does not know how to fight non-human enemies. Only the Spirit of God is equipped to deal with the unseen world and will see us through all 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 do not know of any human enemies, we all have a formidable spiritual enemy to reckon with – an opponent who fiercely hates us, and he will not go away by simply being ignored. Paul calls our foe 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. I’m not in favor of seeing a devil behind every bush, but I will say that this ongoing spiritual battle is very real.

We are a curious cross between physical and spiritual beings. On one hand we need other people. Adam made that very clear. Eve was not made as an afterthought; Eve became his companion because flesh and blood needs flesh and blood as Johnny Cash expressed in his song.  On the other hand we are also spiritual beings and our desire for God is just as real. We carry precious cargo – the temple of our heart is our centerpiece where we worship God, the seat of our passion and love.

The reason for our innate longing is pretty obvious: the Father of Creation is our Father. This is where we all came from. We are lost without Him, not to mention exposed and vulnerable. God will do anything in His power to protect this heart of ours – albeit not without our permission. It is our decision to whom we surrender our precious cargo.

A heart surrendered to the Lord is a well-protected heart and no enemy force can touch it.

“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