BY SISTER JENNIFER NAZZIWA
Principalities/Territorial Demons: These are spirit beings that are demonic in nature, that often resist the will of God in our lives. They gradually oppose the Lord and his angels in order to hamper our progress at the gates of new beginnings.
’’ And came over to the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gad’a-renes .And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit. ’’Mark 5:1
These spirits confronted Jesus when together with his disciples passed over to the other side. Every time you decide to take a step on faith to move into your God given purpose and destiny, they come in to oppose you. These spirits were controlling the entire territory of Gad’a-renes, and when they recognized that one with greater authority had come in; they had to give up albeit without endeavouring to present their case.
These spirits are cunning. They want to make pacts with new entrants so as to remain in control. No wonder when confronting new territories, the beginning is never easy until you exercise greater power if not, you may not be able to partake of the good of the land. The good news is that “Greater is He that is in us, than the one that is in the world”. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus who strengthens us.
Jesus was able to make a disciple of the man whom the legion had used as a spiritual medium. He was transformed and started testifying the wonders of the Lord to all that knew him. We have to get to the level where entire communities are transformed through exercising the power of God in our lives.
Cambridge advanced learners dictionary.
1.To get something with effort or difficulty. This is referred to as wrest control of something.
2.To violently pull something violently from someone.
Wrestle; To fight with someone especially in a sport by holding them and trying to throw them to the ground.
Obviously it’s a dangerous game we are playing here.
“Put on the whole armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. ’’Ephesians 6:11-12
FLESH AND BLOOD
The Flesh; Literary the physical body and not the mind or soul.
Flesh and blood; to have normal human limits, needs, etc.
The battles we encounter in moving forward to accomplish our God given mission are not carnal.
“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when you obedience is fulfilled. ”2Corinthians 10:4-6
For instance when the devil attacks you through financial indebtness. In the flesh it makes sense to settle you’re debts first before you pay your tithe and vows before the Lord. But the spirit says “pay your tithe and vows to the Lord first”. This battle is aimed at making you disobey God by not paying your tithe in order to fulfil your common sense desire to clear off your debts.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect, will of God .”Romans 12:2
Do not pay evil for evil, for vengeance belongs to God. Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. Overcome evil with good.
Angels: These are ministering spirits
A heavenly being very powerful that is an angel appeared to Daniel on the 24th day after he had been fasting and praying for 21 days. It is written that his body was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and h face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in the colour to polished brass. There is a powerful force that moves with these super natural beings.
This angel had been sent to Daniel by God. He empowered Daniel by touching him so he rose to his knees, because he was greatly beloved and highly favoured.
When we pray we reinforce the angels of God to fight for us in the spirit. Our minds are opened and we begin to understand and comprehend the mysteries of the Kingdom which have been previously hidden from us. Unseen spiritual forces of darkness known as principalities blind people to keep them in ignorance. They resist and divert people’s attention from God’s instruction and direction, deterring them from entering their destiny or divine purpose.
They cause fear and unbelief which leads to frustration and failure in our God given missions. Daniel took time to seek and understand the things of God and God sent him empowerment through an angel. Wisdom was added to him, he began understanding mysteries.
WAYS OF OVERCOMING.
1.Live in the spirit. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood. Romans 12
2.Pray persistently .Daniel 10:2-3
3.Read the word of God an apply it. Joshua 1:8
4.Put on the full armour of God Ephesians 6 :11-12.
In Summary, we need to understand that as we advance on our journey to greatness and fulfilment of our God given purpose, in our endeavour to conquer new territories , We are confronted by principalities aimed at hindering us to fulfil our God given mission.
Our response should be to put on the whole armour of God in order for us to be able to overcome the tricks of the devil. Through persistent prayer and the reading of the word God empowers us to win the battles in the spirit and we are able to expand God’s kingdom in the physical by conquering new territories or soul winning.
Further Reading…. ENFORCE YOUR DOMINION