THE DEVIL’S SURVEILLANCE
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
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“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:10-11

The rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms are defined in Ephesians 6:12 as being forces of evil with who we are in combat and warfare. This may surprise or even shock many of us, but in addition to fighting against us these forces of evil are also watching us.

What is going on in the cosmos is far bigger than we think. As Christians, we have become “Exhibit A” to these principalities and powers, revealing the wisdom and power of the working God. The church of Jesus Christ is on display. We are being watched by unseen eyes, and what the devil and his cohorts know is what we, as the body of Christ, display through Christ’s working. What they see from us is the only access they have to what God is doing in this world.

Satan, of course, is the active enemy of the work of Jesus Christ. He and his authorities in the heavenly realms stand back, taking note of where they can inflict damage. As Christians, we are even more prone to satanic attack. The closer we come to God, the greater the stumbling block Satan will put in our path, and it is always attractive in its appeal. He is extremely seductive and cunning, boggling the flesh with temptation and creating doubt and misconceptions.

Human society is, by nature, fragmented, but in Christ it becomes united. In our failures and weaknesses, we live in the grace of God where He imparts to us His strength and His righteousness, enabling many good works around the globe. All of this, says Paul, is being watched by authorities and rulers in the heavenly realms.

Satan is not omniscient as God is. He does not know all there is to know. In fact, he must have thought the winds were with him the day Jesus hung on the cross, but ironically that is where he was defeated. Christ not only conquered Satan, but He conquered death and sin. What Satan and his demons see is the wisdom of God and the unity of both Jew and Gentile. Instead of weakness, failure and sin, they see in the resurrected life of Christ there is strength and victory.

James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that – and shudder.” Satan knows his time on earth is short, and in his surveillance over the earth, what he and his demons see is that humanity can be drawn into Christ and made one in Him.

PRAYER: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the unity You have given us in our battle against Satan. Keep us firmly rooted in Christ and prepared to face satanic attack. Thank You, Lord.


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