For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere.
Ephesians 6:12 Amplified Bible (AMP)
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In 1993 as I desperately sought to regain the passion in my heart for God and His people, I first read the book, This_Present_Darkness by Christian author Frank Peretti. Rarely, if ever, have I been so enthralled by a book that I read it cover to cover in a matter of a few days (and it is a long book); but that is what I did with that book and shortly thereafter with Peretti's second book Piercing the Darkness . Together, these two books shook me up spiritually and brought back to the forefront of my mind the reality of spiritual warfare.
Without question, the two Peretti books (written in the 1980's) graphically and accurately present the whole arena of spiritual warfare from the perspective of breaking down the chain of command within the devil's kingdom and how the adversary's army deceives, intimidates, scandalizes and wrecks havoc among Christians and within their churches and towns. Although some people have been frightened by these books and others attempted to form a new religion based on them; by and large these two books stand as the finest novels ever written on spiritual conflict.
We must never forget or lose sight of the reality that the spiritual conflict is just that; SPIRITUAL. In many ways, this conflict is is a contest, as evidenced by the term wrestling (instead of fighting or warring). We are not contending with only physical opponents but rather against the whole armada of God's adversary - the devil. This conflict, contest, battle etc is against:
Although I have not traveled extensively outside of the United States (only to Great Britain, Canada and Mexico), I have managed to set foot in every state in the USA except Hawaii and Maine. In my travels, I have learned that the enemy selects certain principalities, powers and spirits to afflict, oppress, deceive and manipulate certain geographical areas in certain ways. The spiritual conflict is extremely different in New York City than in rural Mississippi. The adversary picks and chooses which of his agent's best advances his causes and accomplishes his aims in a particular area.
Many a naïve believer has walked into a city, job, church or school oblivious to the spiritual climate only to be ambushed, attacked and either broken or forced to run away. In every country there are countless cities, towns, hamlets and settlements that are politically administered by the adversary and spiritually controlled by his rulers. Do you know the spiritual status of your community, workplace, church or school? Do you know who, in reality, runs these places? Do you know who pulls the strings of the person or counsel set up to administer your community? It would be very wise to find the answers to these questions; for your life, health and spiritual vitality may very well depend on it.
You blogged these words - " Do you know the spiritual status of your community, workplace, church or school? Do you know who, in reality, runs these places? Do you know who pulls the strings of the person or counsel set up to administer your community? It would be very wise to find the answers to these questions; for your life, health and spiritual vitality may very well depend on it.
This is an important truth and a factual statement within the confines of your subject matter - for this we need discernment for no other way can you know the answers. If you seek these answers from God and you are standing in the full armour you will find your enemies names.
Top notch blog.
I agree with wmj
No community is perfect by any means but for the past seven years I have lived in a city where the mayor is very hands-on within the community and seems to have a great deal of regard for the local churches within the community and has developed a relationship with the pastors and leaders. Our city council has demonstrated on more than one occasion that they understand the importance of the church within the community. I think this does make a huge difference in the community as a whole.