Principalities and Powers

By: Steve Becker

Ephesians 6:12

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

 

What was going on?  Emotions were running high.  Confrontational language was being used.  Two close friends and committed Christians were having difficulty expressing themselves or even understanding each other. 

Within the next business day, Justin would leave for what would arguably be the most important meeting in the company’s 27-year history.  I was trying to help him put together a presentation that would connect in a way that could propel the company forward well into the future. Things were not going well.

Justin, the company’s owner, and I had worked together closely for the last 14 years.  We were of one heart, one mind and one spirit about building the Kingdom of God at work. 

After about two hours, I had nothing left to offer to resolve the situation. One of our salesmen and our marketing coordinator had been observing our “battle”. They volunteered to try and reorganize the presentation to capture what was desired. I jumped at the offer. I went to Justin and said, “I’m obviously part of the problem.  You’re better off without me involved. See if you can’t work it out with them.”

Over the weekend, I was on a half-day retreat. While in some quiet time and praying about the situation, two thoughts came to me. Firstly, Satan was at work in this situation. All of the confusion, lack of clarity, emotions and misunderstanding had his fingerprints all over it. Secondly, Justin and I had been an embarrassment to our Father. We had not represented him well to our observers, both of whom knew where we stood in our faith.

Meanwhile, Justin had left me a voicemail that I didn’t get until Monday on the way to work (even though I had my cell phone on for extended times over the weekend.)  He said, “I’m grieved by what happened yesterday.  I need you involved.”

As I walked into his office that Monday morning, he came around from behind the desk and embraced me.  We sat down together and I shared with him what had come to me over the weekend. Together we reconciled, repented and took authority over the evil one.

Within fifteen minutes we had the presentation nailed.  The next day they had a triumphant meeting with the client and we are now working on the first step with them to a long-range vision.

Nice try, Satan, but you lose again.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: Be prepared today to take authority over the evil one.  He is afoot.  Take authority like Paul who, in dealing with an evil spirit that possessed a woman, ordered, I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. (Acts 16:18)