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Battling Against Principalities and Powers

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

In Ephesians 6:10-17 the Apostle Paul discusses putting on the full armor of God so that we can take a stand against the Devil’s schemes. In verse 12 of that passage, he describes the enemies we are fighting against:

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

These enemies are very real. They reside in dark places but often evidence themselves in the material world. As such, it is important that we correctly identify the two sides, so we can be certain that we are on the side of the good.

The great battle manifested itself as early as Genesis 3 when Satan successfully convinced Adam and Eve to partake of the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil. In that same chapter, verse 15, God foretold the inevitable defeat of Satan:

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Satan would strike her offspring’s heel, but the offspring of Eve, Jesus, would one day crush Satan’s head. This took place in a spiritual sense, in Christ’s death and resurrection, and will be fulfilled when he casts the Devil into the lake of fire.

For many, it may seem strange that such forces of evil could even exist. If God is good, how can there be evil in the world? To answer that question, it requires some logical reasoning: Evil could exist if it leads to a greater good and if it is counterbalanced with punishment that equals the crime. The greater good is that it gives us freedom of choice. We can choose good or evil, to have a relationship with God or not. The punishment is the discipline we receive in this lifetime, the consequences of our behavior, and the possibility of hell for those whose sins are not forgiven.

There are tests one can take to determine the side they are on, whether good or evil. Here are five of them:

Does the Bible approve or forbid the action? To answer that question, all one needs to do is turn to the 10 Commandments. Are you putting other “idols” before God? Do you approve of the murder of the very young? Are you committed to sex only within the bounds of Christian marriage, or do you approvingly wink when someone is telling a lie?

Do you act in the knowledge that God sees everything you do? Similar to the book, “1984,” the government increasingly knows and is attempting to control your every action. But, remember, man, can kill the body, but only God can cast your body and soul into hell (Matthew 10:28).

Do you participate in activities that can cause carnal thoughts? We live in a generation that says “Anything goes.” But Jesus warned us to beware of lustful thoughts, let alone actions (Matthew 5:28).

Are your actions foolish or nonsensical? To answer that question, just read and meditate on the book of Proverbs.

Would my brothers and sisters in Christ approve? Simply ask yourself who it is you are trying to please.

Following Christ’s millennial kingdom, Satan will gather his forces for the final battle of Armageddon. If you read the passage in Revelation 20, you will see that he will be quickly defeated once and for all and will face eternal punishment.

There is a battle taking place in the spiritual realm against principalities and powers in the dark world. Sadly, much of the world has chosen the wrong side and will face the consequences thereof. For those who stand on the side of God, your victory is assured, and with it blessings eternal.

In service to Christ,

Mark Eastway

Pastor, Burket Bible Church

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