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Truth and Light Reveal Motives

Kathy — Apostle Paul put the issue in these descriptive terms:  “we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere” (Eph.6:12, AMPC).  Discerning works or workers of darkness may not always be as obvious as in the showdown between Moses and the Egyptian magicians.  It will not always be their acts and abilities that expose workers of darkness, but being confronted with truth and light will always reveal their motive and their source of power.  The showdown between Moses and the magicians exposed everything.


Throwdown Match

Kathy — If devils show up on our “radar” (awareness, discernment), we can take that as time for a throw down!  Eph. 6:12, says “we wrestle NOT against flesh and blood” opponents, but it doesn’t just say, “We wrestle not”!  In fact, it gives us a loud list of what we are wrestling:  authorities and powers of darkness, master spirits who are world rulers of darkness and spirit forces of wickedness in the supernatural realm.  Wrestling is about forcing an opponent to the ground.  In spiritual battles, this will involve using un-carnal, God-sanctioned weapons.  In wrestling, the right move is the right weapon. We have moves like effectual prayer or declaration or decree or unique obedience or gifts of the Spirit or laying on of hands, coming in the opposite spirit and corporate agreement. If the confrontation isn’t a quick “one shot, one kill” and it becomes a laborious, wearisome show-down, remember also that wrestling involves refusing to go down.  Even if lion’s breath is in your face and melting your nose hairs, don’t go down in discouragement and despair. You are not wrestling to go down and end up as a lion’s lunch. Texans were inspired by their battle cry, “Remember the Alamo.”  Sons of God can cry, “Remember Daniel’s Den!” That was an awesome  as-it-is-in-heaven,  throw-down moment of heaven coming to earth.  When the wrestling match is won, we dispossess and displace the enemy, take back what they stole and bring heaven’s order into the chaos and dysfunction they caused.