Never Accept Defeat As The Final Answer

Eph 6:12  – For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, againstWhole armour of God 1 powers, against rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Battle is an everyday occurrence.  It is an inevitable consequence of life.  There will always be devices formed to defeat even the most stout hearted of people.  It goes without saying in battle it can be the death of the bravest.  But one thing is for sure.  We will do battle.
God says we wrestle not against flesh and blood.  Truly, we don’t.  Even if you’re not a saved, professing and practicing Christian, you will wrestle the unseen realm.  All battles originate from the spirit realm.  This is why we have criminals of all kinds such as, drug addicts, alcoholics, murders, thieves and so on.  The battles start in the minds and souls of man.
We must learn how to battle in this realm.  Ephesians 6 tells us how we must prepare.
We gird ourselves for such a thing.  That is our advantage over the lost world’s outlook on life.
The lost are naked in the spiritual realm and are attacked from every angle of their being and they are defeated daily, not knowing the available armour  Paul describes in Ephesians 6:13-18.
We fight certain entities of the spiritual realm.
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;

19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open. . .

Define your enemy:

1.  Principalities – The cornerstone of evil, the devil, the magistrate of hell.  If Jesus is the cornerstone of the church, then we must recognize the realm of evil has one as well.
2.  Powers – What caught my eye about this word’s definition is it hints at a delegated authority – hence my reasoning that the devil has him minions in this part of the description of what we battle.
3.  Rulers of Darkness – That which speaks to me of world leaders who display ignorance of respecting divine things and human duties, and the accompanying ungodliness and immorality, together with their consequent misery in death.
4.  Spiritual wickedness in high places – This speaks of depraved desires and purposes.  Depravity and iniquity are the key words in defining this part of the verse and to me it speaks of the thought processes of the mind or soul of man.  The Greek word ingrained here is Ponhria and it’s a feminine noun.   
The mind is a womb where these thoughts are placed to reproduce and birth themselves into the physical hands of the person they have been bred in.  It’s the person’s right to decide what produces or not in their mind.
These are your enemies.  But you should gird yourself with the whole armor of God.
1.  Your loins girt about with truth  –  That candour of mind which is free from pretence, simulation, falsehood, deceit –  it’s what is true in any matter under consideration.  The part of the body speaks of the place of reproduction here from where all truth should be fostered.
2.  The breastplate of righteousness – simply spoken as equity (of character or act)
3.  Feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace – security, safety, prosperity, felicity, (because peace and harmony make and keep things safe and prosperous) 
4.  The shield of faith – the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ 
5.  The helmet of salvation – defender or (by implication) defence:–salvation.  It protects the mind from impregnation of spiritual darts of evil thought.
6.  The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God – It’s just that.  The Word of God.
Those of you have read what has been written so far should take to heart this one thing.  Defeat in a battle is not the loss of the war.

I love to win; but I love to lose almost as much. I love the thrill of victory, and I also love the challenge of defeat.  –  Lou Gehrig

 

Lou Gehrig lost his life to ALS (also named for him as Lou Gehrig’s Disease)  He gave a1923_Lou_Gehrig farewell speech when he left baseball.  It went thusly.

 

“Fans, for the past two weeks you have been reading about the bad break I got. Yet today I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of this earth. I have been in ballparks for 17 years and have never received anything but kindness and encouragement from you fans.

Look at these grand men. Which of you wouldn’t consider it the highlight of his career just to associate with them for even one day? Sure, I’m lucky. Who wouldn’t consider it an honor to have known Jacob Ruppert? Also, the builder of baseball’s greatest empire, Ed Barrow?

To have spent six years with that wonderful little fellow, Miller Huggins? Then to have spent the next nine years with that outstanding leader, that smart student of psychology, the best manager in baseball today, Joe McCarthy? Sure, I’m lucky.

When the New York Giants, a team you would give your right arm to beat, and vice versa, sends you a gift – that’s something.

When everybody down to the groundskeepers and those boys in white coats remember you with trophies – that’s something. When you have a wonderful mother-in-law who takes sides with you in squabbles with her own daughter – that’s something. When you have a father and a mother who work all their lives so you can have an education and build your body – it’s a blessing. When you have a wife who has been a tower of strength and shown more courage than you dreamed existed – that’s the finest I know.

So I close in saying that I may have had a tough break, but I have an awful lot to live for.”

In December 1939, Gehrig was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He died less than two years after giving his speech, on June 2, 1941, at age 37.

He fought a battle and it appears he lost, but really I don’t believe he did.  During the time between baseball and his death he served as the New York City Parole Commissioner fostering positive change in former prisoners in decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, health services, family engagement and civic participation.

 

Battles will always be fought.  Spiritual battles always foster themselves into the natural realm.  Gehrig used his soul and spirit even in those last days he had to make a difference in spite of his illness.

What’s your battle in life?  What are you battling with?  God has put on His team.  His team has all wins, no losses.  Battles can be lost my friend, but the war isn’t.  You will win.  Take defeat as a challenge to better yourself.  Get up, clean off the dirt of that defeat and take on the challenge to make it to the end and see the surrender of your enemies.

About Jim

I'm a 68 yr old guy, who had worked in Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune for 28 yrs and now retired as of 31 Dec 16. I've worked in medical records, Health Benefits Department, Billing, the IT department and retired as the Personnel Security Manager for the hospital. I'm a musician and Corvette enthusiast. Yes I have one. I'm also searching for a fresh new outlook on life with new spiritual insight among other things. I was ordained a minister on 20190202. I've found that with the unconditional love of my companion, Libby Rowe life is complete through God. She's a beautiful, vibrant, giving woman who gives her all in everything she puts her mind to do. She and I married 24 July 2015. She's also taking the Apprentice course to obtain her ordination as well. She has a blog to called Under a Carolina Moon. Give it a visit.
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