Ephesians 2:2 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:
Many of us imagine that Ephesians chapter two is Paul’s discussion focusing on unbelievers. I disagree.
This particular verse is in the present participle.
The verse translates as “the sons of disobedience energize the scheme of the devil on a continuous basis.”
The word for disobedience is being non-compliant, stubborn, defiant, drawing a line on the sand.
If a Christian is continually non compliant in an area of his or her life, will he or she energize the works of the devil, or is it the one who does not believe in Jesus?
I believe that there is no difference; the devil is a legalist. He will always get in wherever he is given an open door.
I also feel that the same degree of obedience or disobedience to the Lord, will result in the same degree of energizing or disengaging the works of the devil.
Eph 6:13 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.
We are encouraged here to take the armor of God and “having done all to stand, to stand therefore.”
“Having done all” is the word “katergazomai.’
Simply stated, “having done all, to stand,” is wonderfully depicted by the cartoons of the coyote and the road runner.
In one of their many scuffles, as a ball of dull is kicked up, both of these guys always got lost in their dusty fights. When the dust finally settles, the road runner usually remained standing.
This is exactly what it means to “having done all, to stand.”! We must fight by the Spirit without compromise, or without discouragement, until we remain standing victoriously; as Satan, sin and the world lay scattered at our feet in full visibility, once our ball of dust finally settles!
John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.
In John chapter fourteen we find Jesus discussing about His soon to come confrontation with Satan through the hands of Judah, and his later arrest and crucifixion. In all certainty, the words of Jesus are more emphatic in the Greek. In His own words He says, “The prince of the cosmos comes, and it is impossible for him to have even have the tiniest connection with me.”
It goes to say then, that the more that we die to self, so that the magnificent person of Christ is revealed in us, the more and more that the devil will find it impossible to have even the tiniest connection with us.
Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
The true Greek interpretation; we have overcome Satan by means of the blood of the lamb and by means of the word of our martyrdom.
The word for testimony in our New Testament is repeatedly found to be our English word, “martyrdom.”
Satan and his minions will forever grasp, cling, torment, and torture us as long as he finds unrepented of sin, and lingering bondage and hurts from our past. Only the cross of Christ, through the death of our sinful self, will free us from all of this. This in turn will cause Satan to lose his deceptive hold upon us.
The activity of the cross works in direct proportion to our obedience to the voice of God, and the Word of God.
The word of our testimony is not a simple spewing out of scriptural verses upon the enemy. It is a confession of what the cross has done and doing in our lives. Only then, will our words be backed up with the authority of a resurrected life that emerged from martyrdom. The devil cannot touch resurrection life and will back away from us.