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THE PROOF

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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13.

Many believers have not fully understood nor appropriated the fulness of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It’s obvious in the discourse on the role of angels and demons. The prince of Persia is just one of the third of angels that fell with lucifer. They’re all part of the principalities and powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places.

Daniel could not wrestle while the princes were at war, he could only wait. By redemption the sons took charge of former princes and put them in their new estate. The cross is the termination of their effect and influence; the end of their reign.

“Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.” Colossians 2:14-15.

The principalities and powers were spoiled or deprived of effect and influence. They were robbed of power which was originally bestowed in Adam and dethroned as princes by Jesus Christ the son of God. 

This was not done secretly but openly and nailed it to the cross as a proof. The cross is the proof of the change of guards in heavenly places by Christ Jesus. The princes are dethroned and the sons are enthroned far above principalities and powers. The sons are in charge and in a class of their own in Christ Jesus. The contest is over, the conquest has begun.

The sons reign, no prince is permitted to asses or assail them. This is the proof of redemption, this is the heritage of salvation.

“Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)”Ephesians 4:8-10.

Prayer:

Dear father, it’s good to know that I am not only saved but safe in the kingdom of God. The princes have been dethroned, the sons are enthroned, thank you for the heritage of redemption in Jesus name.

Princes to Sons at War

Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel:for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for thy words. But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days:but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia. Daniel 10:12-13.

The scripture quoted has been used as a standard prescribing prayer against demons that hinder prayers. It’s the testimony of the encounter between the angel that came with the answers to the prayers of Daniel with the prince of Persia, a territorial principality and power over Persia. 

It’s obvious that angels are messengers or ministers of answers to prayers. The angel was withstood for 21 days by the prince of Persia, a higher order, a delayed delivery answers to Daniel’s prayers. It took the intervention of another angel of greater status and the chief prince of the kingdom of God to deliver the answers to Daniel’s prayers. The devil was the head of principalities and powers before Christ.

Redemption is the rescue form the stranglehold of this taskmaster by a change of levels from under to far above principalities and powers.

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.” Ephesians 2:2-3.

Without redemption, the princes were in charge, after the cross the sons are now in charge.

It used to be the war of the princes, now it’s the sons that command the princes. Redemption is the turning point from being under the prince of the power of the air to become far above them.

Daniel could not intervene in the combat, the princes were at war; he was a spectator. By the conquest of Christ, we are the commanders in spiritual warfare. We have been placed far above principalities and powers to command and conquer.

The princes are no longer in charge, the sons are in charge. “God is in control but the sons are in charge!”

“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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.” Ephesians 6:12-13.

Prayer

Thank you father for the kingdom of God headed by the lord Jesus Christ your son. We are born again into the same kingdom as sons, no longer slaves to the prince of the air. Thank you father, in Jesus name.

CHANGE OF LEVELS

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) Ephesians 2:4-5.

Life is in levels and men are in sizes says the wise man. This slogan or phrase is helpful in explaining a lot of spiritual things. Redemption is a change of levels from lower to higher life. One may wonder, how low were in life before Christ? We were very low, lower than angels.

“Sin is a sinker of life and destinies” from the lofty height we fell in Adam to the lowest ebb. Man became a mess after becoming the toast of God and his angels.

Redemption is not for reduction but elevation to glory and virtue. Man fell in Adam to the earth and was raised in Christ to heavenly places.

“Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.”Ephesians 2:2-3.

Without Christ, man was the laughing stock of demons, they had us as slaves. The prince of the power of the air was our taskmaster. No matter how great a man could become without Christ he is still subject to the devil and his minions. Prisoners of passion, subjects to the flesh, destined for destruction.

Redemption is for a turnaround, deliverance from the low to high life. Low life is the normal life for everyone that is still under the old order. Redemption therefore is the rescue of the soul of man. Redemption is rescue from sin to reign in life. We are translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God.

A definite change of level is yours, this is the heritageof redemption.

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:”Colossians 1:12-14.

Prayers

My Father, my Father, I am delighted to know that I am translated from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of your dear son.” My level don change” I am thankful that redemption lifts me up form the depths to the heights in Jesus name.

SEATED TO STAND

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. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Ephesians 6:12-13

One of the first things I was told as a junior student in boarding school was that order is the first law in heaven. That may not sound so instructive to you but was very insightful at the time. You wake up by 5am prompt for morning devotion, 5:30-6:00 for cleaning the hostel and brushing your mouth, 6:00 to 7:30 for fetching water from the springs and having your bath…10pm lights out. The whole day had a planned schedule to follow.

God has created the heaven and earth with orderliness imputed not chaos. Every spirit being is created at a level to function, everyone maintain their estate. The hierarchical demonic order is from the least- principalities to the highest level- spiritual wickedness in high places.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:20-22.

Heaven is a place of order not disorder. Everyone has his place along the spiritual pecking order, we are seated together with Christ far above the highest hierarchy of the devil. Redemption gives us a seat at the table to exercise the power of attorney to command and be obeyed. When our estate is challenged, we stand against the devil to cast him down to his level.

 It’s not a contest, but a conquest; a time to seat and another to stand. It’s our position in redemption that gives us the armour to withstand the devil.

The devil always tries to ascend beyond his permissible estate, it’s our duty to to withstand him in our life. Seated to stand!

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7-8.

Prayer

Father, dear father, I am delighted to know that I am seated with Christ in heavenly places to withstand the devil. It’s not a physical combat but spiritual conquest by the same lord and saviour Jesus Christ.

SEATED FAR ABOVE

Do not err, my beloved brethren. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.James 1:16-17.

Every look at this verse of scripture grants new insight and understanding. God is the source of good and perfect gifts. The flow of every good and perfect gift is from above to those above. The role of source and supply has not been delegated by God, blessing has only one channel. Blessing therefore is God’s signature, and he is the sole signatory.

Angels are helpers of divine will, demons hinders divine will. The source has angels as agents of blessings, helpers of the saints. Expecting a blessing from the devil is an error,  praying for the release of blessings withheld by the devil is an insult to divine order and redemption.

Being far above principalities and powers is being seated together with the source.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Your blessing cannot be intercepted, the good and perfect gifts cannot be interrupted by any devil. Obedience of faith is key to continuous flow of virtue. The principalities and powers are too low down the ladder to be a hindrance to your access. The head of principalities and powers is the source and supplier of good  and perfect gifts.

We are not in competition with the prince of the power of the air, they are under subjection at his command. Being seated together with the principal of principalities and powers give authority to cast them out at will. It’s time to enjoy the blessing as if the devil does not exist; seated far above.

“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.” James 4:7-8.

Prayer

Dear Father, I am indeed grateful that you are my source of supply from above. In Christ we are seated above to access everything prepared for us above. He good and perfect gift continues to flows ceaselessly to me in Jesus name.

Far Above; Principal Over Principalities.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:20-22.

I went to a senior secondary school where pecking order was a must. From the assembly hall to the classes, laboratory, your mates are your colleagues. A sense of meritocracy was the norm not the exception. The pass mark for every examination is 50% and your class changes after every term. There was no grading of students from first to last but the average score determines your class. The A class is for A students, B, C, D and E as your grades determine your class.

As with the physical, so also in spiritual things, the pecking order is strictly maintained

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:” Ephesians 2:4-6.

Redemption places man in the class of Christ; far above principalities and powers. The one seated above is obviously ahead of you. 

There is a pecking order in heaven, not everyone is permitted to seat. Those seated with the head of all principalities and power are ahead. Demons are the least of your problems, obedience to God is the key to riches of redemption. No demon can withhold what God has prepared for you. 

You’re too far above and in the class of Christ not to be ahead. He is the head of principalities and powers for me to be ahead.

“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:”Colossians 2:8-10.

Prayer

Thank you dear father for what your grace and mercy have procured for me. Redemption is being elevated to the class of Christ. I am seated far above and together with the principal of principalities; far ahead in Jesus name.

REIGN IN LIFE

Jesus answered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, Ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken; John 10:34-35.

One of the greatest realization is the riches of redemption. Who am I? A question that many frequently ask but clearly revealed from the pages of scriptures. I am a child of God, no longer a slave to sin.

Redemption translate sinners to sons of God in the image and likeness of God. The sons are called gods in this verse of scriptures. This is the amazing love of God to man that even angels shudder and wonder.

Redemption changes the status of man and his spiritual identity. An understanding of the new man is key to a reigning lifestyle.

“But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.”Hebrews 2:9.

Sin demotes, man lost his former estate for sin, death came into effect. Sin brings man below the status of angels; made for destruction. Christ was made lower than angels at the cross for the suffering of sin and death. The resurrection was his and our justification to be crowned head over principalities and powers. Sin is a sinker of destinies, resurrection is our elevation to reign as gods.

Until your new identity is understood, man continues to live like nonentities. Redemption grants you a seat at the table to live far above principalities and powers. A man under authority with demons and angels under him. You’re not born again to be a slave again but to reign in life.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:20-22.

Prayer: 

Dear father, thank you for the power of redemption that turn slaves to sons and subjects to kings, dogs to gods. I am delighted that the same power causes me to reign above by the same Christ Jesus.

Be in Command

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me:and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. Matthew 8:9.

Hierarchy, seniority or pecking order is an important aspect of military, paramilitary and civil society. Employment or enlistment into any organization or group is at a particular level. It’s important to know who is below and above you in the pecking order. In the military and paramilitary organizations, the wearing of ranks on the lapel make such distinction easy. The exchange of compliments in military and paramilitary organization is based on the rank. Authority is bestowed on the most senior officer in the team who becomes the team lead.

If natural things are so organized and detailed how much more spiritual things. You are far above, out of reach of principalities and powers by redemption.

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:13-14.

You’re seated at the right hand of Jesus, even the devil is not in your class. Without an understanding of the authority of the believer and your identity in Christ, you’re not in command. We are not in command by stature but by status in redemption. The angels are our ministers or literally servants of God delegated to us

Hierarchy is the law of life to give command and be commanded. By redemption we are in command of angels and demons by the word of God. Say to one go and he goes and to another come and he does come. A commander cannot be silent in the face of challenge but changes the narrative by his word.

Take charge of life by the word of God, you’re seated far above to be in command.

“Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,”Ephesians 1:20-22.

Prayer:

Thank you father for the riches of redemption that I am seated in heavenly places by Christ Jesus far above principalities and powers. I am in command, he is in control. Thank you again in Jesus name.

Angels in Charge

But unto you I say, and unto the rest in Thyatira, as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of Satan, as they speak; I will put upon you none other burden. But that which ye have already hold fast till I come. Revelation 2:24-25.

It’s interesting to know that you could hear about monitoring spirits mentioned several times but not hear of ministering spirits in some church services There are more mention of demons than angels in service these days. It was not always so, many are now more afraid of demons than even of angels.

A roach, rat, insects like bees, housefly are feared as possible “agents” of the devil. Rats, roaches and lies are emblems of dirt, not demons; the action to be taken is cleaning up the space, not binding and casting demons. There are more angels than demons in any given space and at every given time. It’s good to know that those with you are more than those against you.

“There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” Psalms 91:10-12

It may surprise some to learn that the angels are in charge. God has sent his angels as your guardian, that have full time responsibility for your care. Being afraid of wall gecko, lizards, rats and roaches is from lack of understanding about spiritual order. The guardian angels are not only in charge but have charge to keep (guard), guide and carry you on the path of life. You are too protected to be assailed by any demon spirit.

Angels are God’s special agents at your service, this year, you’ll enjoy the ministry of angels! 

I am more aware of the ministering spirits than the monitoring spirits.

“But to which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?” Hebrews 1:13-14.

Prayer:

Dear father of light, thank you for light and understanding form your word. The angels of God are always in charge, they are ministering, not monitoring spirits. They are sent to my service and I take advantage of their ministry in Jesus name.

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