We use all kinds of axioms and clichés when things start going astray. “They have lost visionary direction” or “they have lost focus” or “they have issues” or “they are out of the will of God” or “God must not be in it”. We then can think up all kind of scriptures to back up our suppositions.
The problem? Our eyes may be wide open but we could be blind as a bat as to the root issues we are facing. The real issue? Spiritual blindness. We have become so accustomed to working everything out in our heads and explaining everything with human reasoning that we keep both the problems and the solutions in the realm of the physical.
What if you haven’t lost focus, or the vision is clear, or God actually confirmed something in the beginning and the issues you are facing are still just a bit strange, even bizarre? Great couples suddenly in crisis mode to survive and great kids becoming rebellious and doing things out of character. Work place and ministry disunity between people who always were able to get along and manage crisis well in the past, but now no amount of godly counsel, wisdom, or even love seems to be able to fix the issues presently.
And the clichés begin.
Blind as bats with our eyes wide open.
There is a devil. There are demons. They do evil and wicked things. They scheme against us. They influence people, situations and circumstances. They bring forth needless dissention and offense. This is spiritual warfare! Not to recognize this blinds us to the real enemy and the way in which we should fight the battle.
When we fight spiritual battles with physical reasoning…we lose.
Ephesians 6:11–13 (NASB95) 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
…Fight the right fight on the right ground.