Wade E Taylor
"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" Eph 6:12.
No matter who or where we are, all of us face problems in
our lives. Job 5:7 tells us, "Yet man is born unto trouble,
as the sparks fly upward."
The problems that we face in our lives are not accidental.
Rather, they are permitted in God's program that He might
have "His own special people" who have chosen Him.
These choose Him, not because it is easy for them to do so,
but because they DESIRE TO KNOW HIM so much that they are
willing to push through life's pressures in order to apprehend
Many become discouraged when problems come their way, not
recognizing that they have a purpose. These difficulties that
we face provide the "pressure point" at which a
choice must be made. Our response to these pressure points
determines the action of the Lord towards us.
"For many are called, but few are chosen" Matt
22:14. This can be said in another way: "Many are called,
but few are willing to pay the price IN ORDER TO BE CHOSEN."
Something very special is said about those who qualify in
order to be chosen. "But you are a CHOSEN generation,
a royal priesthood, a holy nation, HIS OWN SPECIAL PEOPLE,"
I Peter 2:9. Notice that the Lord refers to those who choose
Him in the presence of their problems, as "His own special
This process of qualification for being chosen begins after
we have received the gift of salvation. Our salvation has
been amply provided for us on Calvary's cross. It cannot be
earned, but is given to all who will believe in Him and receive
However, the outworking of this gift of salvation will require
much from us as we realize that many problems will arise in
our pattern of life. Although these have been allowed by the
Lord so as to have a part in our choosing Him, we are called
to gain a victory over them.
The problems that we face in life come from two main sources:
"Human" and "Satanic." They are brought
about through mankind's rejection of the rule of the Kingdom
of God. A proper functioning of the Gospel will affect each
of these problem areas and produce a resultant correction.
In Mark 3:13-15, Jesus said that we are to: (1) "preach
the Word," (2) "heal the sick," and (3) "cast
out devils." Generally, we understand the first two areas
of ministry and are effective in them. However, a total victory
can be won only as we come into a better understanding of
this third area of ministry. We are to discern the root cause
of these problems and gain a victory over them at their source
through spiritual warfare.
Demons are one form of being; principalities are yet another.
The Bible does not state the origin of demons. We know that
they are disembodied spirits for they seek to inhabit living
beings. Jesus clearly told us to "CAST THEM OUT."
We have been given this authority, and the Lord expects us
to use it.
But, something different is said to us concerning 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. Notice the difference: Demons, CAST them OUT: Principalities,
WRESTLE AGAINST them. Thus, our approach to each of 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 of 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
did weaken the nations!" Isa 14:6,12.
The Lord has a plan through which these principalities will
be brought down from their usurped place in the heavenlies.
This will take place through a ministry of spiritual warfare.
"To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me
in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set with my
Father in His throne" Rev 3:21. As the Lord's people
overcome the many problems that they face in their pattern
of life, they are experientially seated with Christ in heavenly
places. Here, they are to exercise the SPIRITUAL AUTHORITY
that comes with their identity with Him in His throne.
As this "OVERCOMING AUTHORITY" is exercised in SPIRITUAL
WARFARE, it will begin to displace these principalities that
are entrenched in the Heavenlies, and replace them with the
righteous rule of the Kingdom of God. As these principalities
are brought down, then a time of tribulation will come on
the Earth as a result.
This "Time of Tribulation" cannot come until the
Lord's people take their rightful place in the heavenlies.
This time is not a date to be looked for, but rather, an occurrence.
It will increasingly happen as an overcoming people are caught
up to the throne and begin to "wrestle" against
these principalities, and bring them down from their usurped
place in the Heavenlies to the Earth where they will vent
There is a parallel between the children of Israel and the
Church that will help our understanding 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. There
was something that they had to do.
The walls of Jericho coming down is a type of spiritual
warfare, a mighty defeat of principalities. Through a supernatural
intervention, brought about by their knowing the voice of
the Lord and being obedient to His leading, these walls (principalities
that were entrenched) were brought down. This is a type of
our spiritual warfare.
Christians often sit in their pews saying, "We are
seated with Christ in heavenly places, hallelujah!" (Eph
2:6). But the enemy is entrenched in the heavenlies and must
be confronted through actual spiritual warfare. "For
we wrestle ... against," Eph 6:12. This means there must
be a present, active warfare.
Merely 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 WRESTLING AUTHORITY.
Then, principalities will be brought down and there will come
about a deliverance from the present problems that we face.
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 waiting for a people to come to a level of spiritual
maturity that will enable them to take on this spiritual authority,
and begin to "wrestle" against principalities. Just
as the children of Israel walked around Jericho in obedience
to the Word of the Lord, we must become part of a prophetic
army that functions in harmony and obedience.
This will cause the bringing down of principalities, a resultant
open heaven, and a visitation of the Spirit of God on the
Earth as never before. May we make ourselves available to
the Lord that this will be possible in our day.