Principalities

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Our war is not against flesh and blood….

Our fight is not against human beings.
It is against the rulers, the authorities and the powers of this dark world. It is against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly world. – Ephesians 6:12

prin’ci-pal’i-ty
the territory ruled by a prince

Most later translations of Ephesians 6:12 prefer “authorities” as a descriptive for the hierarchy our is fight against.
I prefer “principalities” because it is a more specific description of the enemies we face.

In Ephesians 6:12 Paul describes an unseen, very real presence that works through a network, a system of connected entities. This is not unlike a corporation with a CEO, board of directors or a government with its various branches.
These principalities, powers, and spiritual forces work behind the scenes through human vessels to carry out an agenda.
Principalities
Authorities
Powers

We try to make sense of the tragedy taking place in our world on a daily basis.
The constant threat of war, terrorist bombings, human slavery, the epidemic  of drug abuse.
We try to make sense of how someone could open fire on people at a concert, killing and wounding hundreds more?

John Kass of the Chicago Tribune offers this perspective,
“At least 59 are dead now, more than 500 injured.
As of this writing — days after his killing spree —authorities could not offer a motive. This is especially odd, because in such cases motives are usually released within hours; the shooter was a madman, or he had political associations and resentments forming the latticework of motive.
But not with this one, not with Paddock.
And I fear there is more to come…

If we accept the reality of the existence of these principalities Paul writes about in Ephesians, we begin to understand that the tragedies like these, the evil that seems to increase, is not a series of random events.
What we are witnessing is an organised, ongoing rebellion to oppose God, and His plan of redemption, led by one whose sole purpose us to kill, steal, and destroy.
(John 10:10)
Sometimes it is only explanation that makes sense.
And there is more to come…

These principalities and powers that drive individuals to commit horrible crimes are the same powers that influence a nation to move away from the faith in God, and biblical principals that has taken our nation through many storms and mistakes.

We honor God on our money and sometimes with our words but our hearts are far from Him. (Matthew 15:8).
The battle lines are being drawn, the day of reckoning is coming.
And I ask “what do we do?”
Asking serious questions, being honest with my answers is a good place to start.

Fan or follower?
Which am I?
In a poll conducted by ABC News in July over 80% of those polled identified as Christian.
If I say I am a Christian and compare how I live my to the biblical definition of Christian, do I measure up?

Repentance.
If my life looks no different from those who do not follow Christ, maybe I’m not following Him.
And I cannot lead others to Him if I’m not.

Stand.
Increasingly following Christ is not for the faint of heart.
In fact if my convictions as a Christian does not bring opposition, tension from those outside the church I might want to examine what I’m standing on.

Pray.
Pray for our nation for one another.
Jesus said the gates of help would not prevail against His church.
But the power of prayer must proceed all of our efforts to wage war.

Remember.
Remember the bad news that fulfills what Jesus said would come in the last days is also a reminder of Good News.
He is coming back.

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About messagefromthefield

“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. I believe everyone has a story to tell and more than we know, we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement a time of great unrest and change. The dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that would lead me as Bilbo Bagging in the Hobbit wrote “there and back again” ( ironically the Hobbit was published on September 21st 1937 the same day as my birthday although not the same year). On that October day in 1978 when I was miraculously and wonderfully saved it would naturally follow that I would take that love of music and use it to serve the One who created music. But that is a story for another time. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story ends and the story that goes on forever begins! I love these words that will keep me going through good days and bad, ever headed to that place where the Spirit and the Bride even today says "Come". And let him who hears say, "Come!" Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.... and the promise for all who follow Him " I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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