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Against Principalities And Powers

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. – Eph. 6:12 KJV

In this same passage, Paul instructs his readers to put on “the whole armor of God” that they may be able to “withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand“.

The fact is, every believer, myself included, is an enemy of this world.  By accepting the Lord Jesus as my savior, I have become a target of the principalities and powers that rule over this world.  Satan knows that he cannot steal my salvation away from me, because that is a gift to us from God.  He does however have a great interest in rendering believers such as myself,  ineffective for the ministry of the kingdom, and all too often, he is successful!

As one born to this world and to its evil, it is a daily struggle to live apart from this earthly kingdom.  But as a child of the King of Glory, I yearn daily to serve my King with ever greater devotion.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, I read:

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

This is the promise, a guarantee from God that He will allow no temptation into my life that I am not able to overcome.  That is His promise to me.  And wearing the whole armor of God is the means that He has provided for my success.

The first thing I notice about Paul’s instruction concerning the armor of God  is that he says that I must put on the “whole armor“.

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. – Eph 6:13

When our enemy is the devil, putting on only a piece or two is not an option.  It is the whole armor, or nothing.  Not that I would suggest not wearing any armor at all, but unless I put on the whole armor, it may as well be nothing at all.  I am to wear God’s truth, righteousness, preparation of the gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God.  A tall order, to be sure.  It’s a good bet that the armor of God does not find its way “onto” me by accident.

No, wearing the armor of God is an intentional act that requires time in the word, prayer, and above all, practice.  Daily practice!

But living outside of the influence of Satan is something that I can daily strive for, and, I believe is achievable.  For God commands through Peter:

Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. – 1 Peter 1:16

I am convinced that our God does not demand of His children that which they are not able to obey.  Therefore, I continue to strive daily to live apart from the world and its constant bombardment of temptation, and to live for God, and the holy life that He desires for me.

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October 16, 2011 - Posted by | Christian, Godliness, Prayer, Worship | , ,

4 Comments »

  1. […] Against Principalities And Powers […]

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  2. Thanks John,

    And keep up the good work. Jesus really is our “Pearl of Great Price.” How amazing that we stumbled on Him (well, I think God may have had a hand it that 🙂 and were allowed to buy the field!

    Blessings

    Dave

    Comment by Dave | November 11, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thank you for your kind comments Dave.

    I had not really thought about it in the way you suggest, but you are right, when a Christian wears the whole armor of God, that is exactly what he sees!

    Yes, we also need to be persistent with our evangelism, and all the more so as the day of our Lord approaches!

    Thanks for writing, and God bless you!

    Comment by johnconstitution | October 20, 2011 | Reply

  4. Bless you John.

    You are absolutely right about the principalities and powers arrayed against the children of light. But thanks be to God that He indeed equips us with formidable weapons of warfare that are not carnal but mighty through Him to tear down Satan’s strongholds. (2 Corinthians 10 v 4)

    And here’s the thing…

    When we have the full armour of God guess what Satan sees when he looks at us walking towards him?

    Someone clothed in God!

    That’s what it means to be “clothed in Jesus!” (Romans 13 v 14)

    That’s what Satan can’t withstand, when the saints of God put on their glorious coat of many colours given to them by Jesus (saturated in His PRECIOUS BLOOD), walk in His righteousness and break the chains he’s placed on those around us.

    Jesus went about doing good and healing on those oppressed of the devil (Acts 10 v 38)… and His Father wants us to do the same thing too! May God give us all grace to do exactly this.

    Thanks for writing John.

    Blessings

    Dave

    Comment by Dave | October 18, 2011 | Reply


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