Demons are small and petty – yet despite being exposed and weakened they are still so daring and relentless. Remember that from Part 1 and Part 2, we learnt demons operate in orders. They are like an army – they are strategic – they follow instructions and do not back down until their mission is complete – or at least they do not back down until an awakened Christian stands up takes up their position of authority.
Remember man ceded his power to Satan when he fell prey to the devil’s cunning nature in the garden of Eden. Ever since then, the enmity between man and Satan has never relented. Looking at the fourth order of demons, spiritual wickedness in heavenly places, note that this camp of demons seeks to serve humans to fulfill their wicked agendas upon other humans. These are the kinds of demons that are evoked by sangomas, false angels of light, fortune tellers and are assigned to manipulate the course of your life.
The term , “spiritual wickedness in heavenly places” in itself indicates there are various levels and realms of wickedness. There is the wickedness carried out by man that is visible – then there are those who opt to evoke spirits to manipulate the destiny and future of others without being detected.
Spiritual wickedness in heavenly places is not always easy to detect. Sometimes people come disguised as angels of light, meaning well and seeming as though they are there to help and yet by opening up and allowing such people access into your life – they gain the legal grounds upon which to carry out evil devices with the help of demonic spirits. Remember from the beginning we have learnt that Satan cannot operate or have dominion without mankind giving him leeway to do so. Right from the beginning , Satan manipulated the truth to deceive Adam into giving away his right to dominate the earth, and the battle between man and Satan has never ceased.
Be mindful that the battle is not against flesh and blood, as Paul writes in our main text:
Ephesians 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.
It is therefore of no use fighting against those who offend you, make you angry, or plot your downfall – going to battle against flesh is like misfiring your bullets and wasting ammunition and energy to a battle you are bound to lose. Rather, know your enemy, study his devices, study his war plan, know that the devil is not the bloody horned creature we make him out to be. He comes in very subtle ways to frustrate and distract – once we are weakened and off track, he goes for the kill.
You may ask yourself but are things like sangoma’s operating from demonic powers if they seek to help people? What of tarot card and palm readers and astrologers? Surely all prophets that preach in the name of Jesus cannot be false? Do not be deceived, not everything that glitters is gold and not every light that shines brings illumination and true freedom.
Is it then that these wicked powers are stronger than God? When they succeed in carrying out their assignment like bringing death , stealing virtues, business contracts and frustrating marriages, does it mean that God is not all powerful after all?
No! God is all powerful, all knowing and ever present and God has also given you the tools to do battle and overcome. The finished work of the cross cannot be undone, but because of sheer laziness mankind remains under subjection of demonic powers – sons living as slaves in their father’s house.
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.”
God will disarm every weapon forged against you, it’s a given, the onus is on you to condemn every tongue that rises against you in judgement! God has given you the authority to come against every curse, utterance or evil speech projected against you.
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