President of Pinecrest
No matter where we are or who we are, we face problems in
life. Job 5:7 tells us this: “Man is born unto trouble,
as the sparks fly upward.” Troubles are not accidental;
neither are they coincidental. Rather, they are in God’s
program that He might have a people who will choose Him—not
because it is easy, but because these are willing to push
through life’s problems in apprehending Him. Many give
in when troubles come their way because it is easier.
The Lord has created us for a purpose. He desires to bring
us into maturity that we may attain to this high calling.
“For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt
22:14). It can be said in another way, “Few will pay
the price in order to be chosen.” This qualifying begins
after we have received the free gift of salvation which has
been amply provided for us on Calvary’s cross. We cannot
earn or qualify for this; it is a free gift to all who will
believe. But the outworking of this gift of salvation will
require much from us when we understand and accept that there
will be problems and difficulties in life, and view them rightly.
Then we will be able to embrace them and respond to the Lord
There are levels or realms in our spiritual growth. As we
mature in the Lord, He desires that we become actively involved
with Him in the outworking of this process. For this, we must
come into an abiding anointing within and upon our lives,
and a sensitivity of discernment in the realm of the supernatural.
The problems and difficulties we face in life come from two
main sources, human and satanic, which was brought about through
mankind’s rejection of the rule of the Kingdom of God.
A proper functioning of the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ
will affect each of these and bring a resultant correction,
Jesus said we are to: (1) “preach the Word,” (2)
“heal the sick” and (3) “cast out devils”
(Mark 3:13-15). A better understanding of this third area
of ministry is needed at this time.
Demons are one form of being; principalities are yet another.
The Bible does not state the origin of demons, but we know
they are disembodied spirits for they seek to inhabit living
beings. Jesus said we are to cast them out. We have been given
this authority and are expected to use it. But something different
is said as to principalities. “For we WRESTLE not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against the rulers
of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness
in high places” (Eph. 6:12). Note the difference, “Demons”
– cast them out: “Principalities” –
wrestle against them. Thus our approach to these must be different.
These principalities are enthroned in the heavenlies, controlling
mankind, ruling nations, cities and specific areas. Isaiah
speaks of these as causing all the agony of wars, hatred and
strife. “He who smote the people in wrath with a continual
stroke, he that ruled the nations in anger, is persecuted
and none hindereth . . . How art thou fallen, O Lucifer son
of the morning! How art thou cut down to the ground, which
didst weaken the nations!” (Isa. 14:6, 12).
As the Lord’s people overcome in the struggles and
battles of life, and as they begin to be seated experientially
with Christ in heavenly places and take on spiritual authority,
this overcoming authority will begin to displace these principalities
and powers. As these are displaced, then will come tribulation
on the earth. This time of tribulation is not a date we should
look for, but an occurrence. This occurrence is when an overcoming
people increasingly are caught up to the throne and begin
to “wrestle” in the heavenlies. The Lord is waiting
for overcomers who can displace principalities. As these are
brought down, then all the calamities and judgments mentioned
in Revelation will begin to happen.
There is a parallel between the children of Israel and the
Church in this. While the children of Israel were sitting
in Egypt, it was easy for them to say, “Canaan is ours!
A land flowing with milk and honey, Hallelujah!” But
when they arrived, they encountered the presence of giants
and walled cities. The walls of Jericho coming down was a
type of spiritual warfare, a mighty defeat of principalities.
Israel was responding at that time to the impetus and import
of the Spirit of God. It was a supernatural intervention,
whereby, being led by the Spirit and knowing the voice of
the Lord, these principalities that were entrenched were brought
down. As the children of Israel entered into Canaan, they
began to possess the land little by little, driving out and
utterly slaying the inhabitants of the land. This is a type
of our spiritual warfare.
Christians often sit in their pews saying, “We are
seated with Christ in heavenly places, Hallelujah!”
(See Eph. 2:6) But the enemy is entrenched in the heavenlies
and must be confronted through actual warfare: “We wrestle
not against flesh and blood, but against principalities .
. . against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places”
(Eph. 6:12). This means there is a present and active warfare.
Just reciting that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places
will not accomplish it. There must be an overcoming quality
in our lives wherein we enter into a relationship with our
Lord in prophetic authority – a “wresting”
authority, whereby a victory might be won in the present circumstances
and problems we face. As a people come into this prophetic
authority and identification with our Lord in being seated
with Him in heavenly places, principalities and powers will
be brought down.
The Lord is looking for a people today who will come to a
level of spiritual maturity that will enable them to take
on spiritual authority and begin to wrestle concerning principalities.
Just as the children of Israel walked together around Jericho
in obedience to the Word of the Lord, we must become part
of a prophetic army and be able to function in total harmony
and unity. Then will come a bringing down of principalities
and a resultant open heaven, a moving of the Spirit of God
on the earth as never before.
This is the wisdom of the Lord, using the very humanity that
Satan defeated in the Garden of Eden to bring down his kingdom.
The Lord is calling us to arise and come up into the heavenlies
with Him. It is only as we make ourselves available to the
Lord and begin to walk in the Spirit, that this is possible.
The Lord is waiting on us.