"The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds” - 2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV).
Before creation was unfolded, there was a spirit world hovering over the earth. “Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image…” (Genesis 1:26). We gather from here pre- existence of a celestial world of beings with the Almighty God at the helm, before we came to be. Elsewhere, Apostle John writes “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
Now, the fact that there was a spirit world before a physical world, can speak to us about an important aspect critical in our lives. In many instances when we are faced with battles of certain kind, we do make a mistake, which can prove fatal, by forgetting to first seek victory in the spirit world before we take on the physical world. The physical world, which is easily within our grasp and is more convincing, is at the mercy of the spirit world. We need to be aware that victory starts in the spirit world.
There is an instance in the Bible where this was made quite clear. Israel was at war with Aram whose king was eager for a knock out battle. Once the King of Aram sent out a force to capture Prophet Elisha and the army of Israel, having got wind of their stay in Dothan (2 Kings 6: 13-14). And then see what happened. “When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha” (2 Kings 6:15-17). Needless to say Israel gave a rout to the Arameans.
That said, we all need to learn to take on any physical battles of ours, by first winning the spiritual battles, for that is where the real power lies. The Apostle Paul makes for us this point by highlighting in his letter to the Ephesian, “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” (Ephesians 6:12) And later, he urges us more, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests” (vv 18).
Fight we must; but let us know and remember that victory starts in the spirit world, which is to say, the battle and victory starts on our knees.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, where I am faced with any battle, I hasten to first take the war to you, that having won it in the heavens, the rest is as good as done, because of victory that starts with you, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!