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People are Not Our Biggest Problem

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

This week, I’m sharing my journey through Ephesians 6:10-17 with you. Today, we’re only looking at verse 12.

Have I mentioned that I can’t read long passages without my eyes glazing over?

In fact, many times my eyes have glazed right over on just this one verse.

For instance, did you know that our struggle isn’t against people?


People are not our problem.
That could be a shocker right there. I know most of the time, I think people ARE my problem.

But no, the Bible says our struggle isn’t with humans.

Instead, our struggle is against the powers of this dark world and the spiritual forces of evil.

Stick with me here. I know it sounds like a sci-fi flick. We’re not talking Darth Vader here. But I will say, it sounds similar. We are in our own war with evil.

So who are the spiritual forces of evil and the powers of this dark world?

Satan and the angels that follow him, better known as demons.

Our real problem: Satan and demons.
But we often don’t recognize the dark side of evil — because it imitates the light.

2 Corinthians 11:14 — Satan can transform himself into an angel of light.

I Peter 5:8 — The devil prowls around to devour you.

John 8:44 — Satan is the father of lies.

Let’s be clear that if you are a Christian, Satan does not have the final authority in your life. (If you don’t know if you are a Christian, go here.)

However, even as Christians, we can let Satan deceive us and make us miserable.

Lord, open my eyes to the devil’s schemes in my life. Help me put on the armor and stand strong.


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