12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
OK, so the idea of being slammed to the ground and then pinned down with my face in somebody’s sweaty armpit (or worse) is just not something I ever want to do… again! Which is exactly why I gave up wrestling in High school, or so I thought. Turns out I was wrong.
In his letter to the Ephesians, the Apostle Paul tells us that we are in a wrestling match. Not with a flesh and blood opponent but with the spiritual forces of evil in this world.
Now, besides the pain of being slammed to the ground, the frustration of being pinned, and the indignity of being trapped with your face in your opponent’s smelly parts, the other thing I remember about wrestling is the fact that if you don’t pin your enemy, he will pin you. It’s just that simple!
The spiritual analogy here is obvious. Believers, who are not beating the devil, are being beaten by the devil. Believers who are unaware of the battle are losing the battle. Believers, who are not actively engaged in pinning the enemy down, are being pinned down by the enemy. If you find yourself in a stinky situation, it’s probably because your enemy has you pinned to the ground with your face in his smelly parts. If life stinks it’s probably because the devil has you right where he wants you.
Like it or not, believe it or not, you are in a wrestling match.
The question is “Who’s winning?”