Get the Hell Out

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭

Eric and I have been through a living hell and back in this world. Coming clean, we allowed it. You could almost say we pre-planned, bought the tickets, paid for them in person, packed our bags, and sought out the Destination.Would you like the synopsis?

Let me make it easy: have you ever watched the movie War Room? If not, if I had the power, I’d make that your homework ;-). This movie narrows down fighting/arguing to it’s core.

Eric and I both thought, for a while, the only thing we did well together was argue. Example: one of us would explain something we were passionate about but the other had a different set of beliefs. We would feel it necessary to explain our point, standing on the Word of God. Since the other didn’t agree, they grabbed their preferred parts of the Word and used those verses as a weapon, to prove the other wrong. As you can but see, the Sword of the Spirit, misused, doesn’t defend or protect but harms and destroys.

The big question was HOW did we get there? Maybe the better question is how did we get OUT?

“We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:5‬

When we were arguing, the love of God was no where in us. There were rules, regulations, legalism and law. We thought we were doing right in God’s eyes. We were actually being self righteous and PROUD of our head knowledge instead of allowing God’s precious word to actually do it’s work by changing our hearts and lives. Ego… .

IF we really believed, loved and followed the Designer’s instructions, then what would be coming out of us is Galatians 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

In the movie, War Room, it talked about when we argue and fight against each other we are fighting the wrong enemy.

Wanting to put Jesus first was/is the right thing to do but, though we were 100% right in our desire, or application was 100% wrong. There was nothing right in our sharp words and lack of respect for each other but more than that was the war taking place in our minds.

We choose to be offended. Instead of choosing to seeing the offense for what it was: the evil one trying to come between us, we allowed our minds to stay on the negativity. We nursed our pain-do you know what I mean? We comforted our pain. We justified our pain. We used that pain as a weapon against each other and held onto it, bringing it up later (to “HELP” the other remember, of courses…justified self righteousness). Had we stopped and recognized the hurt and trauma for what it was/is, an attack, we could’ve asked the Holy Spirit to battle that for us. This was and IS spiritual warfare.

“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Ephesians‬ ‭6:12‬ ‭

We should’ve asked God to “Get the hell out of our house,” because the evil one was taking up residence. We do now.

The next time we grab the Bible to prove our point, we’d best take a look under, around and in the shadows to see if anything is lurking. PRAY FIRST. What we have learned is: it’s not our job to change each other‘s mind. We pray that God will reveal truth and love to both of us. We need to stop dreading our next disagreement and look at it as an opportunity to practice what we are learning (wrap your mind around that and it will change your life).

Until next time, praying for you all: blessings!

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

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