Beyond Plain Sight

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rules, 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.”

Ephesians 6:12,13

One of the attributes of men that can be both a blessing and their downfall, is that we are visually oriented. While at times it can be good at equipping us to fulfill our roles as protector and provider for our family’s needs when we see the danger arising in front of us, since we are far less likely to react to a danger that we do not perceive. Society has done an excellent job of convincing the world that what we see is what exists. In other words, there is no God, since we cannot see Him, and everything we do see comes from Millions of years of evolution (so they say). Put another way, we smartly created ourselves. The church, on the other hand, has largely failed to remind us that there isa lot more that exists that we do not see, than the little amount that we do see.

Being or becoming the spiritual head of your household means becoming aware of the realm that exists beyond our natural sight. Just as God and angels exist, Satan and his demons exist too. The real battle that rages on around us has very little to do with the temporary creation that exists all around us. While the physical can be used to bring pressure upon our flesh and spirit in order to compel us to question God’s very existence, it is the eternal that is truly at stake. The book of Job provides an excellent example of the physical being manipulated by Satan in an attempt to convince the spirit within him to turn from God.

In Ephesians, Paul instructs us as men to actively become prepared for this battle, just as a soldier becomes prepare to enter combat. This should signal to us that the battle is not only real and should be taken seriously, but it is also intense and fierce in nature. It is only by the firm foundation established in Christ that we are then able to stand firm against the enemy of God and the enemy of our souls.

Crossroads:

Is your visual orientation a help or a hinderance to your spiritual life?

Are you keenly aware of the battle being waged by Satan against God and His creation?

Do you stand up, putting on the full armor of God, to pray over your family and protect them from Satan’s plans and schemes over them?

Challenge: determine to prayerfully protect your family. Take this spiritual battle seriously and equip yourself in scripture to protect yourself and your family.

Author: Dave

I have done a bit of everything. Youth ministry, Associate Pastor, small group leader. 8 year military veteran, 5 kids. B.A. in ministry. Masters in human resources. My passion is family, marriage, and Godly Manhood.

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