Open Heaven For February 11, 2023 TOPIC – Not Against Flesh And Blood
MEMORISE: “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” – 2 Corinthians 10:4 (KJV)
READ: Ephesians 6:12-18 (KJV)
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.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Numbers 8-10
I was reading my letters one day when I noticed two whose writers had the same surname – the first was from a woman asking me to pray that God would kill her mother-in-law because she was a witch. The second was from the mother-in-law, asking me to pray that God would kill her daughter-in-law because she was a witch. Of course I disregarded both prayer requests as the Bible says that we don’t wrestle against flesh and blood. While that fellow may be a tool in the hand of the devil to fight you, you are not to fight him or her. You are to go on your knees and fight the forces of darkness behind the person.
There are three types of hosts. There is the angelic or heavenly host which comprises the angels of God as we see in Luke 2:13. There is the demonic host – soldiers of Satan, with their officers (principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world as detailed in Ephesians 6:12). Finally, we have the human host – the armies of the world. The army, navy, air force, paramilitary and the likes are also called hosts. For example, in 1 Samuel 14:19, the Bible talks about the host of the Philistines.
There is constant conflict between these hosts. In Daniel 10:4-14 for example, the demonic prince in charge of Persia blocked the angel that was to bring the answer to Daniel’s prayer for 21 days until God sent Angel Michael to assist him.
While we cannot see demons with our physical eyes, they can see us. How do you fight an enemy you cannot see? You need the help of an ally who can see your enemy and help you gain victory. A major reason many people fall prey to the devil and his agents is that they try to fight spiritual battles with physical weapons. 2 Corinthians 10:4 says the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds. If you want to win over the forces of darkness, you need to employ spiritual weapons – worship (2 Chronicles 20:22), prayers (Ephesians 6:18), the word of God (Ephesians 6:17), love (Romans 12:20), and above them all, holiness (Proverbs 16:7).
Stop fighting people; fight the forces of darkness instead.
HYMN 19: Rock Of Ages, Cleft For Me
1 Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee;
Let the water and the blood,
From Thy wounded side which flowed,
Be of sin the double cure;
Save from wrath and make me pure.
2 Not the labors of my hands,
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone,
Thou must save and Thou alone.
3 Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling
Naked, come to Thee for dress,
Helpless, look to Thee for grace,
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.
4 While I draw this fleeting breath,
When mine eyes shall close in death,
When I soar to worlds unknown,
See Thee on Thy judgement throne,
Rock of Ages, cleft for me,
Let me hide myself in Thee.
Open Heavens 2023 Daily Devotional guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries. The Open Heavens devotional application is available across all mobile platforms and operating systems: iOS, Android, Blackberry, Nokia, Windows Mobile and PC. Open Heaven for Today 2023.