RCCG Open Heavens Devotional Saturday 23 February 2013
PRAYERS IN THE SPIRIT WORLD
By Pastor E. A. Adeboye
Memorise: “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.” Ephesians 6:12
Read: Daniel 10:10-14
Bible in one year: John 18-21
Action point: Have you said “good morning Holy Spirit” today? Consciously cultivate fellowship with Him.
The third gift under the revelational gifts is the gift of discerning of spirits. The presence of this gift provides the ability to identify the particular spirit in operation, and the ability to see into the spirit realm. John 4:24 says God ¡s a spirit. Believe it or not, there ¡s a spirit world where angels and demons operate. This world ¡s very real even though we may not be able to handle certain things there physically. This spirit realm largely controls or affects the physical realm. Therefore for you to be successful on earth, you must be an active player ¡n that realm. When you are born-again, your spirit man is recreated in Christ Jesus. This provides you the platform to operate ¡n the spirit world. Witches and wizards, the occult and negative supernatural powers, all play active roles in the spirit world. The operation of the spirit world ¡s different from what we are used to in the physical world. The value system in the spirit world ¡s quite different from ours. The laws are different from the laws of men and so are the goals of actors ¡n this realm. You must know that both the positive supernatural world of God and His heavenly hosts, and the negative supernatural world of Satan and his cohorts are very organised. Both realms want to control the human plane, and the one you yield to will determine how you will end up. Lf you operate ¡n either of these realms, you will be superior to those operating at ordinary human level. But thank God that the positive supernatural is far more powerful, and long lasting than the negative side. For instance, while the positive supernatural realm is an eternal kingdom whose operation is not subject to the control of time and space, the negative supernatural is very limited and their operations is ¡n time and space. The Devil, who is the head of the negative supernatural world, has a specified period to operate, after which he will be cast into the lake of fire to serve his eternal judgement. But our God and His Heavenly Kingdom continue forever (Revelation 20:3, 10). Righteousness, peace and joy ¡n the Holy Ghost characterise the positive supernatural realm, while evil, wickedness and hatred are the hallmarks of the satanic kingdom. In Satan’s kingdom, the more wicked you are, the higher your USC will be, while in God’s Kingdom you only rise when you are holy, willing and obedient. Any of these kingdoms you allow into your life will compel you to accept their values, priorities, laws and goals.Which of the realms do you want to be active ¡n?