Looking Inward & Outward with the goggle of Faith- part 131

1. A believer who is free from the reach and fears generated by principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world-is one who has laid aside the old things or goods of his soul (2Cor. 5:17, 1Pet. 2:1). He can then set his affections on things above, and fellowship with the good and perfect lights (of the Father) that will bring his soul into perfection (Col. 3:1-2, Jam. 1:7, Heb. 6:1b)

2. A believer can’t claim he has overcome principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world, if he hasn’t severally won in the wars they wage via thoughts from the old creation (sin); thoughts that inspire malice, guile, hypocrisies, envies, and evil speaking (1 Pet. 2:1, 2Cor. 5:17). Those who overcome such thoughts would have an appetite or desire for most holy things; for divine things that’ll become ours as we faithfully carry the incorruptible seed (word) (1Pet. 2:2, 1:23 Heb. 4:12).

3. Seasons where a believer becomes skillful in using the Christ-centered walk called life (righteous and peace (Rom. 8:6), lay aside old things in his soul (1Pet. 2:1), is the season when he has victoriously wrestled against principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world (Acts 26:18).

4. A spiritually minded believer is one who can no more mind what principalities, powers and also what rulers of the darkness of this world has to say to him or about his past, present and future (Rom. 8:6). Such a one has developed a single/Christlike mind or eye that solely looks for the incorruptible inheritance from the Father of lights; for the next inheritance that can only be found in the everlasting Kingdom of God the Father. (Matt. 6:22, Jam. 1:17)

5. The New Testament prescription for starving principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world-is by starving them of every known and unknown fears or thoughts that they feed on (Matt. 6:31); from seasons when we become teachable or poor in spirit-to those where a broken spirit and contrite heart is nurtured in us (Isa. 66:2e, Matt. 5:1).

6. There are worldly spirits that we can’t overcome, except we can consistently wrestle with them via some daily conversations that make up the life and godliness in Christ Jesus (Eph. 5:5e, 2Pet. 1:3). Those who do so would have to journey from faith to Charity (Christ). They will thereby strengthen their faith walk with the spiritual supplements or additives called virtue, knowledge; temperance, patience, godliness and brotherly kindness (1Tim. 1:5. 2Pet. 1:5-7).

7. One way to starve enemies called principalities, powers and rulers of the darkness of this world-is by taking our eyes off this world and her offerings; off those carnal needs that get us anxious about tomorrow, and then placing them on the words of Christ (Matt. 6:31-33, Col. 3:16). Only then would the Lord bring such needs to us as additions, in supernatural ways that would inspire us to seek the spiritual (Christ) and the divine (the Father) {2Pet. 1:3-4).

8. Whenever enemies who manage the darkness of this world can no longer successfully condemn, harass or taunt us; then, we have faithfully used the faith in Christ to live victoriously in this present world. We have received the peace that the Lord gives, having surrendered the peace that this world gives (Col. 1:13, Tit. 2:12, Jn. 14:27).

9. Blessed is that man concerning whom heaven has been able to approve of warfare from principalities, powers or from a ruler of the darkness of this world (Ps. 1:1-3, Rom. 8:1-2). He is blessed beyond those who haven’t been able to wrestle with them, and closer to inheriting not just the name (nature) of Christ, but ultimately that of the Father (Heb. 2:11-12).

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