You need to be in the arena
You can’t fight spiritual battles in your bedroom. Spiritual battles happen in the arena, which is where the principalities, powers, dark forces, and spiritual evil are. To be able to beat each of these pillars of power, you need to be in close contact with them.
If you’re not in the arena where the principalities are, you can’t fight against them. You can’t fight with powers if you aren’t in the arena where they are. If you are not in the arena where the rulers of darkness are, you can’t fight them. You can’t fight spiritual wickedness if you aren’t in the arena with it, because this is what wrestling is.
You won’t even meet them to wrestle with them until you go into those arenas. Paul says this: “You already know what happened to me. I went to Ephesus, where I had a small revival. When I went to the synagogue, they didn’t like it, so I went to the public church.
Paul tells the Ephesians, “Put on all of God’s armor so you can stand up to the devil’s plans.” Which bad guy? We’re not talking about the devil from stories. We’re talking about the real devil, who has set up shop on the pillars of power. As long as you don’t touch his pillars, the devil doesn’t care how much you speak in tongues, clap, sing, or shout. If you don’t touch his seat, he’ll be fine. The devil doesn’t really care what you do as long as you don’t touch his throne. We want the devil to care about what we are doing, you strong men and women of the Lord. If the devil doesn’t care about what we do, it means we aren’t doing anything to hurt his dark kingdom. Then, we are not really doing anything to move God’s Kingdom forward.
In the Bible
There were 39 books in the old Bible. There are four different ways to divide these 39 books. The Book of the Law is the name for the first five books of the Bible. The first five books of the law show how God’s policy began at the time of creation. This is the foundation of politics. The first five books of the Bible tell how the government of the people of faith came to be and how it was put together.
The Book of History is the next 12 books in the Bible. The 12 books of history tell us about Israel’s economy and show how their wealth grew over time. This is the foundation of economics. The next 12 books tell about the people’s economic success when they get out of slavery, move to their own land, and build the kingdom of Israel under David and Solomon. These books told the story of how they went from being slaves to being the richest country in the world.
The Books of Poetry are the next five books in the Bible. They show what culture and education look like. The book of the prophets, which is the last 17 books of the Old Testament, shows how God speaks to religion.
After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on earth or sea or against any tree. (Revelation 7:1)
- In what quadrant is God calling you into?
- Why do you think Paul succeeded in reaching out to the education sector and failed in the religious sector?
- What is God telling you about the pillar of power that you are to go to? What is your mission order?
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