Monday, November 28, 2016
The Prince of the Power of the Air: The Real Culprit
“The Strongman and all the demons that dwelled in the mansion began to screech and scream, thrown off by the unexpected presence of God’s most powerful emissary. They didn’t want any parts of it. The fact that his sword was out and his eyes were aflame told them this isn’t where they wanted to be. At the moment, Michael didn’t engage them, but let them flee. They didn’t get far because one sixth of a legion of naval angels sprang up out of the Pacific like golden flames. They emerged in rank and file. As one rank of 100 would come up out of the water, another would follow right behind them until there were 10 rows of 100 angels each. The water rolling off their wings sparkled like diamonds. There were countless skin tones. Their armor was golden and their luminous two sets of white wings had a 15-foot wingspan. Their wings were tipped with gold. They stood 13-feet tall. They waited for their entire squadron to join them before they made their move. In one mighty united snap of their wings, they began to fly towards the house where they formed a circle of brilliant golden fire around the house.” ~ Excerpt from “Saturday Showdown” Book 7 – A Chronicles of Warfare Novel
There’s a war going on people plain and simple. So many wonder where God is in the chaos all around us. My response… He’s everywhere. He’s not on vacation and He’s not MIA. He’s also in a place He’s always been, but often ignored – His Word! The Bible tells us the following:
2 Corinthians 4:4: “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don't believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don't understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” (NLT)
Ephesians 2:1-2: “And you were dead in your trespasses and sin, in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” (NASB)
Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love its use will eat its fruit.” (NET Bible)
Let’s take the state of America today. Any person with a modicum of common sense can see that there is something very wrong in America 2016. The worst of human nature has reared its ugly head while causing division and strife among those who are supposed to be the citizens of the UNITED States of America. I submit to you that like the Bible says, Satan is the prince of the power of the air and death and life is in the power of our tongues. So let’s look at the air all around us. What is saturating our airwaves? What words have been spoken or are being spoken over America? The 24-hour news cycle and music that is more attainable than ever before. We walk around with personal computers as our communication devices. The whole world is in the palm of our hands. On those devices, we are in constant communication with the world around us, 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Let’s start with the words that are written in the history books of America. What do those books glorify? What do those books leave out? What lies have those books told? It doesn’t matter, we’ve all been indoctrinated to believe it’s the truth. Those centuries old lies have birthed the reality we live in today. Those words were spoken and created our atmosphere. Let’s talk about the mainstream media – and this is right, left or in between. Pay close attention at the words they use to describe one set of people versus another for the same exact crimes and offenses. Discern the photographs they use to sway public opinion of one group of people over another. It wasn’t by accident, it was by design. Satan knows what he’s doing and people have fallen for his lies and manipulations over and over again. His version is so loud that the truth gets tossed aside as paranoia and conspiracies. Either his lies are so convincing or the hearts of those that want to believe his lies are so deceived they dismiss the truth that’s right in their face.
Is God actually missing or is it perhaps that our world has been shaped by the words we have used for centuries. From the lies in the history books to the strategic manipulation of the mainstream media to the fruitless lyrics of today’s music disguised in a clever beat to the negative words we speak to and over ourselves and our fellow man. Meanwhile, Satan and his minions continue to stir the atmosphere because our hearts go unchecked. If we want to see change then we need to check our hearts. What nasty little emotions and thoughts are there that Satan can use to further his agenda? Maybe it’s time to stop blaming God for all of problems and realize we bring it on ourselves. It’s greed, hatred, fear and superiority complexes that have led us down this path. The truth is out there, thanks to the internet but who’s going to be bold enough to tell it?
For the saints who are praying, my suggested strategy is for God to expose the prince of the power of the air for what he is – a liar, a thief, and a killer. Let’s ask God to let the truth resound in the hearts of men, women and children. Let’s pray for the spirit of greed to be exposed and dealt with. Let’s pray for the spirit of hatred to be extinguished. Let’s pray for the spirit of fear to be annihilated. Let’s pray for the belief that one is better or superior to others be vanquished from the hearts of men, women and children. And last, but certainly, not least, let’s pray against the spirit of division. There is so much division in these United States of America it’s hard to call this country by name without feeling like a liar.
So many times in life we are waiting on God or asking His whereabouts when He’s waiting on us, asking where have we been. In Matthew 22, the Bible states: 36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law? 37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. I think before we ask where God is, we need to ask ourselves, His body of Christ, where have we been. These two commands are a prerequisite to the other laws. The main ingredient for the two greatest commandments in the Bible is love. I think we can all agree that is the ONE thing missing from this country. I believe if we start with love – true, unconditional love, then the rest will fall in place.
Those who are in the Body of Christ, I challenge you for SEVEN days to cut off the prince of the power of the air from your life. Turn off the news, turn off the radio, avoid social media if it fuels anything ugly in your heart. Fall on your face and ask God to show YOU everything in your heart that’s not like Him. Ask Him to show you every area your heart is not pleasing to Him and harmful to others. Then pray and ask Him for the courage and strength to go through the process required to change it, as well as the humility to seek forgiveness from those your misguided heart has injured.
Now, let’s wrap this up. Verse 8 of Psalm 139 says, “If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.” This verse tells me there is nowhere I can be that He is not. So, while Satan may be the prince of the power of the air, he’s still restricted and under the sovereign rule and authority of the Great I AM. Maybe it’s time we snatched back the atmosphere around us and filled it with love, life and truth. Maybe we can stop asking God where He is and show God where we are. It starts in the heart. It begins with love. It ends in victory.
Until Next Time,