Ephesian 6:12 – “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.”
Have you ever wondered why many Christians, who are supposed to be soldiers of Christ, are so weak? When it comes to spiritual warfare, Church people, including Ministers who are supposed to be battle axes in the hand of God, are always found wanting. Why? This is because they are not armed for battle. If you are armed for battle, you will not fight against people, you will not strive against people, you will not fight against flesh and blood.
Life is not a playground; it is a battlefield. The sooner you understand this, the wiser you will be.
We are here for a short season. There will be thorns in our flesh; there will be things punching you and disappointing you. This is not Heaven. If you are seeking to have Heaven here – no thorns in your flesh, no problems poking you, no disappointments coming into your life – you are thinking and working against what the Bible says in John 16:33 “…In this world you will have trouble…” When you finally realise that, like Paul, for you to live is Christ and to die is gain, life becomes extremely meaningful and completely enjoyable. When we are tempted with thorns in our flesh, we should give ourselves to prayer. For afflictions are meant for our spiritual benefit so that we may learn to pray the more.
Paul said, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient…’ “ (2 Corinthians 12:8-9). This implies that if an answer is not given for the first prayer nor to the second, we must hold on and hold out till we receive an answer. Though God answers the prayer of faith yet He does not always answer it in the letter – as He sometimes grants in wrath, so He sometimes denies in love. Though Paul’s problem was not removed yet an equivalent was granted. We Christians, when we pray to God to remove our problem and it is not removed yet an equivalent is granted, what else again?