Fight the Right Foe
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh.
2 Corinthians 10:3
Do you know why so many believers are losing the battles in their lives?
They're fighting the wrong enemy!
They've been deceived into believing that just because a person said or did something to hurt them, that person is the one they need to fight. But they're wrong.
You see, the Bible says we don't wrestle with flesh and blood. And since people are definitely flesh and blood, they're never the source of our problem.
"But, Brother Copeland, you just don't know what So-and-so did to me!"
It doesn't matter. If you waste your time fighting So-and-so, your real enemy will get away scot-free.
Who is that real enemy? Look at Ephesians 6:12, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Satan and his demons. They are your lifelong enemies! They are behind every personal affront you encounter.
The people who hurt you and persecute you are only Satan's tools. When he wants to strike out at you, he uses them to get the job done.
Remember this: Persecution is not the manifestation of another person's hate for you. It's a manifestation of Satan's fear of you. When you get into the Word and start swinging it around — using it like the sword of the Spirit it is — he gets scared. So he looks for some person he can send in there to stop you.
Next time someone hurts you, don't let yourself get sidetracked into fighting them. Bind the spirit behind them. Put flesh-and-blood battles behind and war with the weapons of the Spirit. Zero in on Satan with authority and the Word of God and bring your real enemy down!