Ephesian 6:12 GWT
“This is not a wrestling match against a human opponent. We are wrestling with rulers, authorities, the powers who govern this world of darkness, and spiritual forces that control evil in the heavenly world.”
FOCUS: “the POWERS who govern this world of darkness, and SPIRITUAL FORCES that CONTROL evil in the heavenly world.”
The “powers” who govern this world of darkness and the “spiritual forces” that CONTROL evil in the heavenly world is simply God and His Kingdom.
Many times we think we are struggling with Satan when really our struggle is with God.
You have heard me speak of order before something is right or wrong and this is also true with what and whom we battle.
Before our battle is with Satan, we have already waged war with God.
And unless the “blood” of Christ is found in your heart, there IS NO GRACE and we have no protection from evil.
“Lead us NOT into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”
Without grace, we are sitting ducks in a realm of darkness and evil and may this darkness and evil around us serve more as a reminder of why we need to be delivered from it before it becomes a temptation.
Evil has no ally. If it wasn’t for order, Satan’s kingdom would be divided.
To overcome evil, we have to make peace with God first!
Matthew 6:33 NIV
“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
Now hopefully Matthew 6:33 has a greater meaning to us.
John 3:18 NIV
“Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.”
Isaiah 45:7 KJV
“I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.”
Lamentations 3:37-38 NKJV
“37Who is he that says, and it comes to pass, when the Lord commands it not?
38Out of the mouth of the most High proceeds not evil and good?”
Be wise as serpents men, yet harmless as doves.
In the name of Jesus Christ,
Your brother in our war against sin.