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Wrestling Against Principalities, II

Posted by wordforit on October 4, 2007

An acquaintance boldly told a group gathering that she is a pagan. I later typed “pagan” in a search engine to be sure I understood and was a little surprised at the pages and pages of information. She had been raised in a Christian home but recently concluded that the Bible is a “boring history book”. I assure you, the Bible is not boring but one must study to receive the blessings it holds. It is, indeed, a history book, along with a prophetic and promising revelation. If it can be done, someone in scripture tried it before me! God love her, I will continue to be friendly toward her and love and pray for her to be safely returned to the Good Shepherd.

The principalities of Satan’s domain are powerful and I strive to be diligent. Sometimes it’s a struggle; they know our weaknesses: children, spouses, good or bad habits, or anything that could come between God and His family. As far as that goes, going to church can be a hindrance as much as not going, given the right circumstances. Prayer and intercession is ever necessary!

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Every time an individual commits or speaks against “good”, an “evil” spirit is given permission to act. In a previous post, I mentioned using God’s name in front of the word damn. What we speak does matter, we will give an account for idle words, and asking God to damn a person or situation is valid.

One cannot help but notice how often we hear about a Hollywood star, an athlete or a politician having some sort of weakness of the flesh causing them distress. When these matters are publicized and apologies are forthcoming, I cannot help but wonder if they are sorry or just sorry they were caught; it is not important in a gossip context, it is important in a repentance to God context. You may think it is not anyone’s business but in the way of concern and praying for others, it is everyone’s business. My relationship with God is personal but I have a responsibility to make it public and it is even more so in being a public figure.

Luke 12:48 …to whom much is given, much will be required…paraphrased. Public icons are who many gauge their actions by as to how bad, not so bad or good they are. If I go by how often some of them have been in rehab or cited for drinking and driving, I look like a saint. Considering the very personal “love lives” that are no longer a taboo topic, I certainly am boring by those standards.

It is the same in everyday life. I know someone who has been to prison for being a DUI habitual violator, but he got another one when he came home for driving his tractor, while drunk, down Main Street.

Does that put me on a higher level against human frailty? No, it should cause me to think about the things I have not corrected or not been caught doing. James 2: 4-10. I am as susceptible to do evil as the person standing beside me in the grocery store intending to rob the place. Even though I would not commit robbery in the same sense, when I do not stand up for righteousness, I am committing a more serious type of robbing others of the joy and peace Jesus will impart.

There are conflicting emotions in knowing when and where to speak. Satan is overwhelming so many facets of society that persecution and prosecution is a viable threat to anyone who brings biblical principles in to a public discussion. However, Matthew 24:12 lets me know that God expects iniquity to permeate and that people will care less about each other. It is neither His plan nor His fault; we are allowed free will and are allowing the demon hosts to create confusion. Our super-knowledge is actually causing weakness in the spirit and much dissension. We know so much yet reject basic principles of right and wrong in many areas of our culture.

The next time you watch TV, read the newspaper or something on the internet, ask God for a spirit of discernment.

These are a very few examples of the deceptions coming at us from these “principalities” and, as is noted in several Bible verses, “gird yourself“, “watch and pray” and be “ever diligent” to seek God’s guidance.

Wrestling Against Principalities, I

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Wrestling Against Principalities, I

Posted by wordforit on October 4, 2007

It would be frightening to consider unseen enemies and spirits flying through the air looking for ways to harm me, but I am a child of God, a believer, sanctified, set apart, and a stranger in this world. I do not fear the principalities, powers or rulers of darkness; nor do I fear how high up in the wicked domain any of them are! What I do fear is not making an effort to warn nonbelievers of their deception!

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Ephesians 6:11-12~ “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12For 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.” Footnote: 11.wiles= craftiness 12. the believer’s enemies are the demonic hosts of Satan, assembled for mortal combat. Ryrie Study Bible, KJV

Word(s) for It: : Principles: an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct. Principal: first, or highest in rank, importance, value, etc. Principality: a state ruled by a prince. Principalities: an order of angels. Webster’s Universal College Dictionary

What does it mean to wrestle against “principalities”? Theologically, it is wrestling against the angels Satan took with him when he tried to usurp God (aka fallen angels). In using another definition from dictionary.com (purposely did not use a biblical dictionary), it is “an order of angels; supramundane powers often in conflict with God”. Supramundane regards “being or situated above the world or above our system; celestial beings”.

Satan is an angel, and is called prince of the demons in Matthew 12:24, indicating that demons are fallen angels. Principalities in Ephesians 6:12 refer to the ranks of these angels as in a prince having jurisdiction over a territory. In other words, like the angels we so often see, Cherubim and Seraphim, the demonic angels have an order of powers. 

By reading Ephesians 6:11 we know that the use of principalities in the verse from Ephesians 6:12 refers to spiritual demonic activity, yet many do not see them as a real and tangible threat. The popularity of sorcery and magic is evidence of the lack of respect for the seriousness in calling up spirits. Bookstores are filled with sources on how to perform and practice occult rituals, not to mention what is available at our fingertips on the ‘net.

1Samuel 28:3-25 is the story of Saul consulting with a medium/necromancer (one who communicates with the dead), although all practices of such had been decreed illegal by Saul himself because they were against the law as noted in Exodus 22:18 and Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

Saul wanted to know the outcome of a battle he was facing but God was displeased with him, and rather than correct that issue, he took it upon himself to seek answers elsewhere. Sound familiar? The medium was shocked when the actual spirit of Samuel is allowed to come through (by God’s intervention, of course) rather than an impersonation via demonic spirits. You can, and I urge you to read the story, but it always strikes me as humorous that Samuel “wakes up grouchy“. I know some folk who act like they are being awakened from the dead when they awaken…!

Saul and his sons died as a result of the battle, as Samuel’s spirit told him would happen. Some believe that it was a punishment from God, but I believe that God does not punish; we suffer consequences for disobedience in either realm. It is bad enough to be inundated with evil from outside of oneself, why would we engage demons?

Wrestling Against Principalities, II

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