When you become a child of God you inherited a lot of good things in his family, but his enemies also become your enemies. God has cut a covenant with you as a child of God and it is made effective through the blood of Jesus Christ because of his death. We receive forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ, but also face new enemies. Believers face conflict all the time and that’s why Paul the Apostle said that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this present world and against spiritual darkness in the high places. There is a diabolical structure of unseen spirits in the spirit world and as a believer they are your enemies.
When people surprisingly begin to talk against you for no good reason, it is those same evil spirits that are working their way to try to bring you down. People are not your enemy. Satan is your enemy because he is God’s enemy. What belong to God belongs to you because you are in a covenant relationship with him. Paul the Apostle encountered such
forces during his ministry too. When he was with Silas he cast out a demon from a young woman and ended up being jailed for it. God came through for both of them in prison by causing an earthquake and eventually they were set free after winning the jailer and his family to the Lord. When these things were happening Paul was able to discern what was happening between the spirit and the natural world. This is the reason why Paul was successful at dealing with some of most troubling circumstances. Paul was facing God’s enemies, but he knew that he was going to win because these were God’s own battles.
In the book of Acts it is recorded that Jesus appeared to Paul commended him for the testimony he gave of him in Jerusalem. At the same time something just opposite was happening in the city. In Acts 23:11 the Bibles says, “And the night following the Lord stood by him, and said, Be of good cheer, Paul: for as thou hast testified of me in Jerusalem, so must thou bear witness also at Rome (KJV). Jesus was saying well done Paul; you did a great job you are now going to Rome. Contrast this to what was happening in the city. Something opposite from what Jesus said to Paul was taking place in the city. Since the battle belongs to the Lord it was won and that is why Paul later ended up in Rome.
In Acts 23:12-13 the Bible also says, “And when it was day, certain of the Jews banded together, and bound themselves under a curse, saying that they would neither eat nor drink till they had killed Paul. And they were more than forty which had made this conspiracy” (KJV). More than forty people had a plan in place against Paul when Jesus had already talked to him about going as far as Rome. It is amazing that some people can seriously plot to harm those who care about others.
However, in this case only the plan that Jesus Christ had of letting Paul go as far Rome prevailed. When you keep the spiritual connection with Jesus circumstances have no power to derail God’s plan. God is able to do more than what we can ask or imagine. The plan of man cannot succeed against the plan of God.
- The Blood of Jesus in Spiritual Battle (dianarasmussen.com)