Genesis 30:8 (KJV)
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Rachel and Leah were biological sisters . Their relationship was peaceful until they got married in a twist of fate to the same man ( Jacob ) . From that moment, the stage was set for strife and competition . There was a great wrestling between Rachel and Leah which bothers along child bearing for Jacob and other marital rights but in the end,Rachel declared when she gave birth to a son :With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

Sisters and brothers ought not to be involved in a great wrestling with each other! 
When strife entered the camp of Abraham and his brother Lot in their generation , Abraham moved swiftly to nip it in the bud before it developed deep roots:

Genesis 13:8 (KJV)
8 And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

The word brethren in this context is translated from the Hebrew word “adelphos”meaning womb -mate )

We are not to wrestle with our political sisters; we are not to wrestle with our biological sisters, we are not to wrestle with our church sisters and brothers ;the only wrestling the bible legalized for us is the wrestling against principalities and powers and not between church sisters or brothers:

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
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.

The only fight we have is against principalities and powers .  I don’t want a political fight ;I don’t want a tribal fight ;It is not our fight ! our fight is against principalities and powers.

Lately , the church of Jesus is drifting into fight in the flesh but that is not our warfare ;the only fight we are licensed and given the armour to fight is deep in the spirit realm .when we leave the fight against principalities and powers and we wrestle with our sisters and brothers of the same household of faith ,It becomes a great wrestling !

Genesis 30:8 (KJV)
8 And Rachel said, With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed: and she called his name Naphtali.

.we wrestle not against flesh and blood … When we go across many prayer houses, fellowship or deliverance ministries the world over; you see a lot of people waging warfare against flesh and blood ( fellow humans). You see a lot of people sweating it out in prayers and vigorously confronting people in the natural holding them responsible for their untold miseries or predicaments.

You also see a lot of prophets walking in their so-called prophetic discernment only dealing with the surface, mentioning at random names of people in people’s family, their husband, wife, in laws, grand mothers, friends and church members as the one behind their woes. People directly are set against people from the pulpit; all in the name of deliverance and warfare!

Oh!  If we  know how much harm or damage this type of “prophesying” and praying  has done to shatter families, we would remain reclusive and sulk with dismay.

What many fail to realize is that even though they face opposition in the flesh, that is not the root cause of the battle we fight!

It is wise to realise these all-time truth:

* Mama in the village is flesh and blood.
* Your step mother is flesh and blood
* Your landlord is flesh and blood .
* Your wife is flesh and blood .
* Your boss at work is flesh and blood .
* Friends who talk and gossip about you are flesh and blood .
* Church members are flesh and blood .
* The people spreading evil news about you are flesh and blood .
* Other pastors in competition with you are flesh and blood .
* Your cheating business partners are flesh and blood.
* Your house-help is flesh and blood .
* Your gateman is flesh and blood .
* Your driver is flesh and blood.
* Boko Haram and those of other religion who persecute you are flesh and blood .
* Your stubborn children are flesh and blood .
* Your colleagues at work are flesh and blood .

Yes, every one of these class of individuals are flesh and blood. As this stands, The main battle is not with them and it has never been with them!

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
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.

Let this truth sink inside your spirit!   Your battle is not with flesh and blood!

Whenever we engaged in any form of warfare, our fighting at the level of flesh and blood makes satan to succeed!

Satan’s age long ploy has been to set us up against our so-called enemies…  This is one powerful strategy of the underworld, being the great old cunning serpent, he knows that he is our true enemy. And the onslaught against man comes from him and not our fellow flesh and blood. But hitherto, he does all he can to have us focus our attention on someone in the flesh as the source of our pain!

As long as we continue to fall prey to his schemes,  the war will never be won. In the act of warfare , it is wiser to deal with the root instead of wasting time to break of the shoots. Pointing the sharp knives  of our prayers on an enemy in the flesh and blood is dealing with the shoot!   We are never going to have any success , if we do , it is temporary ! it is good warfare to deal with the root – that is entrenched in the realms of the spirit.

You see, satan has this as a set up to set man against man, and he has perfected this ploy even in our church gatherings!
We have all at one time or the other fallen victim of this satanic set up. We fight flesh and blood by holding other people responsible for our predicament. It’s another way of shifting the buck.

When Peter tried to obstruct Jesus from going to the cross, Jesus turned to him and rebuked satan.

Mark 8:33 (KJV)
But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

He wasn’t calling peter satan, rather he went beyond flesh and blood to disconnect Peter from spirit at work through an unsuspecting Peter. !
There are things we think are just natural occurrence, there are satan-invoked statements that even Church people make. it takes spiritual discernment to sort out satanic influence  from the viewpoint, opinion, actions and deeds of people ( who act well in the dimension of the flesh and blood).

When Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus, it was not a deed in the physical per say, he had gone under the possession of a demon to betray the master.

John 13:27 (KJV)
And after the sop Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, That thou doest, do quickly.

Judas Iscariot was loyal to Jesus, he loved the master and he never betrayed his Lord Jesus until satan entered him. Though he allowed himself to be drawn so far away in pursuit of mammon.

When Paul wrote on who was it that crucified the Lord Jesus, he didn’t mention Judas Iscariot per say, he instead mentioned satan himself .

1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (KJV)
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 8 Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

Judas Iscariot was involved ,but it was beyond flesh and blood . That was why Jesus never made any reference to judas iscariot and blame him for betrayal while going through excruciating pain on the cross or after his resurrection from the grave . He knew he was just an unfortunate vessel in the hand of satan.

When Ananias and Saphira lied against the Holy Spirit, it was satan that filled their heart so much.

Acts 5:3 (KJV)
But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?

It was nothing natural.! a demonic spirit had entered them and peter discerned it accurately !

See! Your battle is not against flesh and blood !

There are so many about people’s character, behavior, attitude and mentality that is far from natural.

We must stop fighting flesh and blood and wage our war in the spirit.

There is a battle to be fought and won and everyone who fights ,MUST fight in the spirit. 
Let us lay the axe in prayers where it should be laid !

Luke 3:9 (KJV)
And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

This scripture has given me tremendous success in my forays into many countries .
Whenever I go on a mission trip abroad , once I arrived there , I immediately separate myself first before ministering to pray and confront the dominant spirit over the city cutting of his influence from my meeting and his grip upon the people.

  And whenever I appear on the stage afterwards, the impact is always great . I will never compromise this no matter how tired I am due to the long flight, I will never be carried away by the  warm reception given to me by my host and forget my style which is to come against the prince over that city first before ministering to the citizens of that nation . Sometimes I must have done that for months in my country even before take off !

Beloved, let us be persuaded to take our battle beyond the flesh; for settling for a fight in the flesh and blood is same as falling into satan,s boggy trap.

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV)
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

The bible never called anyone your adversary but the devil.

Shalom .

Richard Femi Bolaji is an endtime prophet /teacher and a vessel of real Holy Ghost revival privileged to have ministered across major denominations of the body of Christ in Africa and other parts of the globe .
Dr Bolaji’s ministry is thrilling , lively ,and tremendously encouraging and impactful .He has been anointed by God this hour to bring to the body of Christ ,one of the most important, one of the most anointed, and timely prophetic revelations and truth .
His inspirational teachings and ministrations imparts fresh faith , courage , hope and strength and they also attack spiritual forces and break through spiritual barriers. Atmosphere shifts, The spiritual Climate changes , things changes, And growth comes

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