For several weeks, I have been talking about the significance of apostolic ministry. In today’s blog, I want to continue with its importance to the body of Christ as it relates to spiritual understanding—and more specifically spiritual warfare. When seeking to receive the prayers of the Ephesian church, Paul talked about the “whole armor of God,” and also the need for utterance to be given to him so that he could have the sword of the Spirit, which is the “Word of God.” The Bible tells us that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against “principalities and powers in heavenly places.” A good insight into this conflict is given in the book of Daniel chapter 10. It tells the story of a time of prayer and fasting for Daniel that concluded after three weeks with a visit from an angel. The angel told him about a conflict he had with the “prince of Persia” that required him to withstand the enemy 21 days. Many people read this story and think that they will also have to deal with angels, principalities, and powers when they pray. By pulling in the scriptures about the power of binding and loosing, they commence to assume that they know what is going on and get involved with their limited understanding. This leads to a whole lot of meddling into a realm that they have no comprehension of. Take note, in the story, the angel involved Daniel after the event had hampered his mission to deliver a word to Daniel, not before.
In Ephesians, Paul charges believers to put on the whole armor of God, which is defensive armor in use; then get a word from God, our lone offensive weapon. It is imperative to understand that angels get their instructions from God, and according to Psalm 91:11, He then gives them charge over us in the earthly realm—without any mention of our desire to direct. Some might be thinking, well, what about this “prince of Persia?” It is recorded in Daniel 10 that the angel received his help from the angel Michael. Maybe you remember the story of the fight over Moses’ body? Michael the archangel said, “the Lord rebuke you Satan” because he dared not bring an accusation against the devil. Angels understand ranks and positions in the realm of which we have only limited knowledge. This is why we should leave the actual struggle to them, and keep ourselves in prayer. Presumption is a sin, and the book of Jude verse 8 warns us to be careful of this sin.
Let’s Look to the Apostle Paul, Our Example
In Romans 1:16 Paul declared, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation…” We need to have more confidence in the power of the Word and less confidence in our ability to take over in spiritual warfare. This is why one of the most important attributes of a true apostle is humility. In his letters to church of Corinth, Paul makes it very clear that he does not place his confidence in his own skills, but his confidence is in the power of God. The Corinthians were mesmerized by spiritual gifts and gifted people. They even debated about the skills of their charismatic leaders and whom they should follow. Paul saw this as a sign of their immaturity and admonished them to have their confidence in the anointed Word. Paul said, “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:3-5 This does not sound like the bio someone would release about themselves in today’s world. This is because Paul’s confidence was not in himself, but in the power of the Word. We must have this same confidence. We need to give our lives to this message, knowing we will never be put to shame if our confidence is in this message preached. We are living in times of great darkness and we need to bring the light to our world. The charismatic movement is coming to a close. We are moving into a time of great power, but it will require greater maturity to operate in this power. During this time, true apostles will demonstrate the glory that is not of man, but of God! Will you match your desire to demonstrate the power of God with a life entrenched in an understanding of the Word of God?