We wrestle not with flesh and blood and thus
rules of engagement are different in this arena.
WRESTLE defined — a struggle with an opponent, hand-to-hand, in an attempt to throw or force to the ground without striking blows. Wrestling with powers, principalities, and spiritual hosts of wickedness brings a number of thoughts to mind.i
To force to the ground! In Luke 10 after the seventy returned again to the Lord, excited that even demons are subject to them, the Lord speaks of beholding Satan falling as lighting from heaven.
Revelation 12 speaks of Satan and his angels cast onto the earth. They are forced to the ground! The Lord is seeing the end result spoken of in the book of Revelation. This is the conclusion of the matter, the result of God’s people repeatedly exercising authority over demonic powers.
Without striking blows! Wrestling is hand-to-hand fighting, close encounters for sure. Hand-to-hand, eyeball to eyeball, locked in an engagement of force.
In this battle, however, it is the force of the victory of Calvary against the usurping demonic entities. Let us consider how this may look.
You can view something from a sterile laboratory setting and ponder the meaning. You can use theological opinions to formulate how such actions might be taken.
For me, however, the real answer is found on the battlefield itself!
The Bible states that the mind is a battlefield. We wrestle without striking a blow, on a battlefield in and around our mind. The mind is assaulted with fear, doubt, worry, and the like. We battle with faith and the Word of God. We grow and increase in strength as we engage with the power of God.
There can also be engagement with spirits in high-level places. An engagement of force, will against will, spirit against spirit. This intercession has the potential to hasten the end of this age.
…be vigilant and cautious at all times, for that enemy of yours, the devil, roams around like a lion roaring [in fierce hunger] seeking someone to devour.
Withstand him; be firm in faith [against his onset] — rooted, established, strong, immovable and determined — knowing that the same identical sufferings are appointed to your brotherhood . . .ii
Jesus Christ has given us the victory. It is our job to enforce that victory against the onslaught of the usurper.
It is time to increase your understanding of the
rules of engagement!
i Ephesians 6:12 Amp
ii1 Peter 5:8-9