Daily Devotions

Daily Devotions

You were dead through the trespasses and sins in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.” vss. 1-2

Ephesians 2:1-3

We aren’t exactly sure who Paul is talking about when he spoke of the “ruler of the power of the air,” but we can make a pretty good guess. Chances are he’s referring to Satan, or the one known as the prince of demons. Jesus spoke of Satan too when referring to the testing that was a part of his wilderness experience. Evidently Paul had those same experiences, and believed that Satan was the force behind the trespasses of the disobedient. His words are instructive for this technological and scientific age where many are reluctant to include beings like demons or devils in their worldview. Even if we no longer use the dualistic language of good and evil, it’s important to remember that not every spirit is the Holy Spirit. There are contrary forces that are alive and well in our world and, unless we are alert, they can have a powerful influence in our lives. Often masquerading as good, they distort and undermine the truth by entangling millions in their lies and deceptions. Paul doesn’t dwell on such forces but instead points his readers to the life they have in Christ Jesus. Even if we’ve been deceived, we are not condemned! The forgiveness we have in the cross is for all people, and not just for the good.

Thought for the Day: How can I discern which spirit is Holy?


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