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Seeing Isn't Believing

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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

Seeing Isn't Believing
God speak.

Maybe you've asked yourself the same question that I have, "Why doesn't God allow us to actually see what's happening in the spiritual realm?" When it comes to spiritual warfare, wouldn't it be a lot easier to fight the enemy if we were able to visibly witness the results of our efforts against him? Yet the fact remains that our battleground is spiritual, and it remains in the heavenly places, not here on earth.

This tends to frustrate us because we run off of an assumption that seeing is believing, and we mistakenly think that it would make us better spiritual soldiers if we could just see what we're fighting against with our natural eyes. However, when you actually read through the Bible, you find that seeing does not necessarily mean believing. Whether it's the Jews who wandered in the wilderness, the people who witnessed the miracles of Jesus, or those who will endure the terrible tribulation period, miraculous manifestations don't make people more spiritual. In fact, heavenly manifestations often distract hearts from drawing close to God.

God knows this, and He doesn't want us to be people that are driven by sight. Instead, He desires for us to be faith-based believers because lives that are founded on faith stand strong long after the visions or miracles have passed away. It takes faith to believe that there is an unseen war taking place all around us. It takes faith to believe that there is spiritual armor that will protect us if we put it on. When you think about it, everything about spiritual warfare is faith-based because it's all based on believing in what you can't see. God has designed it to be this way because He knows that the very nature of spiritual warfare, the fact that we can't see it, serves to make us into people of faith. Being made into people of faith serves the Lord's ultimate purpose and our ultimate good.

What are the advantages of being faith-based as opposed to being sight-driven?

What makes you a strong spiritual soldier?

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