Title: Powers Behind the Scenes
Text: Eph. 6:12
[Eph 6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
- Apostle Paul wrote this to the Ephesian Christians.
- “We” implies the church, you and I.
- We do not wrestle against flesh and blood
- We do not wrestle against physical beings
- We wrestle against spiritual beings:
- against powers,
- against the rulers of the darkness of this age,
- against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places
- Wrestle means to struggle against a problem or a difficulty
- When you wrestle against flesh and blood, it is because the powers behind the scenes are operating undetected.
- The moment you realize that there are spiritual forces behind the scenes, your strategy needs to change
- Physical weapons can’t destroy spiritual forces
- They are organized and they have battle strategies for decades to come
- Unless one operates under the direction of the Most High, the battle will be lost
Satan is the god of this world – 2 Cor. 4:3-4 [KJV]
- [2Co 4:3] But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
- [2Co 4:4] In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
- As a result he has kings and princes all over the world
- He has the authority to give whomever he pleases his kingdom – Luke 4:5-6
- There are physical rulers and there are spiritual rulers
Satan has an hierarchy in his kingdom
- Principalities are ruling spirits assigned over nations and cities
- Powers is the 2nd level of authority in Satan’s kingdom. They exert influence over the decision making bodies of a nation, influencing the structures of all the governing authorities and promoting wickedness
- Rulers of darkness are mandated by the devil to promote false religions and occult practices, thereby enslaving the souls of men in deception.
- Spiritual hosts of wickedness – these are evil spirits, personalities who host the embodiment of evil. They cause calamities and sudden destructions.
There are powers behind the scenes
- There are powers behind the scenes that physical weapon cannot destroy
- Satan is the god of this world
- He has a kingdom that is highly organized
- Our battle is with this kingdom and not flesh and blood