Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. —EPHESIANS 6:10-12
(Teacher: Andrew Wommack)
God’s Word reveals that we are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but demonic powers. Our fight isn’t against people, but the spiritual forces influencing them. However, most of us simply don’t recognize the role that the spirit realm plays in what occurs in our daily life. We think it’s just human —natural—but the devil is busy influencing people every day.
Most people have a humanistic view of how life works. Even though Christians don’t like this terminology, many of them function day by day with this mentality. By only looking on the surface level, they don’t recognize the spirit realm behind it all.
Humanists don’t acknowledge God. As a whole, they’re either agnostic or atheist—believing that everything in life has a natural, physical cause. It’s sad to say, but many Christians have this same attitude. They don’t realize the spiritual dynamics behind what’s happening in the physical realm.
We are in a spiritual battle! Every single day, there is a battle raging in the spirit realm for the heart of each individual person, society, and the world as a whole. God is trying to draw us toward Himself and righteousness. He’s trying to influence us to live consistently with Him so that His blessings can manifest in our lives. At the same time, Satan is trying to steal our hearts away from God. In an all-out battle against the Lord and His kingdom, the enemy is pouring all the trash and corruption he can into our lives. Most of us—even Christians—don’t recognize the intense battle being waged all around us each and every day. We don’t know the spiritual significance of our choices, words, and actions. We’re functionally ignorant of how these things determine whether we’re yielded to God and releasing His power and blessing into our lives, or yield to Satan and releasing sin and death into our lives. (Rom. 6:6)
The devil can’t control you outside of your will. However, your lack of awareness and understanding of the battle only works to his advantage. If you choose to believe God’s Word and learn to recognize what’s happening in the spirit realm, you can begin taking the proper action to improve your situation. You can cooperate with God to manifest His power and blessings.
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.—JAMES 4:7
You can resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Your passivity and lack of resistance doesn’t mean that the battle isn’t raging. It just simply means that you aren’t winning. Satan is beating you in this area.
The revelation of God’s Word has the potential of transforming your life. As you begin to understand and exercise your authority as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, Satan will flee and God’s power and blessings will manifest in your life greater than ever before.