by Tammy Phillips
April 19, 2020
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]. [Ephesians 6:12 KJV]
Did you know we are wrestler’s? (My kids are going crack up about this one. I wouldn’t let them watch wrestling on TV growing up.)
Ephesians 6:12 states that we wrestle. Since we wrestle, we step into the name of Wrestler, often and at various times in our lives. (New name for us. What’s your wrestler name?) The Greek word for wrestle is pale. Pale is defined as a contest between two in which each endeavor to throw the other, and which is decided when the victor is able to hold his opponent down with his hand upon his neck. Pale is derived from pallo which means to vibrate or shake. Pallo is another form of ballo which means to cast, to smite one with slaps, to throw or let go of a thing without caring where it falls. Ever heard of “casting your cares?” I do believe we step into the wrestling arena, dressed to kill in our power suit, the armor of God, when we cast our cares.
We are not wrestling against (what is in front of us) flesh and blood. We do no wrestle against our boss, our friend, our mother, our father, our brother, our sister, our spouse, our son, our daughter, nor our self. In “Dressed to Kill,” Rick Renner says: “This is the reason we must deal with the flesh before we attempt to deal with the devil. By living a crucified, sanctified life on a continual basis, we are able to neutralize any attack the enemy would try to wage against our flesh.” We die to self and give the enemy nothing to work with. Renner further states, “You can kick dead people. Spit at dead people; curse at dead people; or try to tempt, deceive or seduce dead people-no matter what you do, they do not respond!” If we stand, this fully describes us.
I wish it was that simple. We cannot see the enemy with physical eyes. We must always be on guard, standing, watching with spiritual eyes, praying, and preparing for the match. The enemy smells fear and will come. We will wrestle against (come face-to-face):
- Principalities: (archas) the beginning, the origin, the first in order time, place, rank; the oldest and the highest-ranking leaders.
- Powers: (exousia) endued with authority, delegated authority, influencers of choice, freedom, do as one pleases, wherever one pleases; idea infused of doing what the world thinks is right out in public
- The rulers of the darkness of this world: (kosmokateros) world ruler; from (kosmos) world, order, arrangement and (kratos) might, power. These rulers are a force. They are an ordered, arrangement of mighty power. They have joined forces and are mighty powerful to complete assigned tasks. We are obviously more powerful than they are through Christ Jesus. What would happen if we joined forces against them? What if we accomplished our assignment, together? What would happen if just two queens, joint heirs in the kingdom of God, joined together? What would happen if more sparkling jewels became committed and fell in with us? Come on now? God has given us the power and authority. Light it up!
- Spiritual wickedness in high places: (poneros) bad, evil things, vicious, iniquity, pressed and harassed. From ponos: pain, great trouble, intense desire. From penes: poor, From peno: to toil for daily substance.
I enCOURAGE you WRESTLER; be prepared for the match. Die to self, daily. Pray without ceasing. Train with God. Know your enemy, but know your God better. Know that your enemy is one of the four goons listed above who have been commissioned by Satan, their leader, to kill, steal and destroy. Know God is with you. Know God goes before you. Know that greater is He that is in you than these goons in the world. Always be encouraged; our God is greater!