Overpowering the evil Prince
Sermon shared by Adeolu Akin-abraham
Summary: God is not immediately and directly in charge of our lives! Surprised? Well, that’s the truth! There are constituted authorities in heavenly places assigned by God with the responsibility of overseeing our affairs. Unfortunately, these authorities and pow
Audience: General adults
“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven”.
The "host of heaven" here is said to have been "allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven." The word allotted means "apportioned" or "assigned." It is also defined in this way in Hebrew. There is a similar statement in Deuteronomy 32:8, where the scripture also told us that God has assigned "the host of heaven" to the peoples on earth.
We should not confuse the host of heaven with the sun, moon and stars, as the above scripture says. The Bible states we are not to worship these elements or the host of heaven that God has appointed as rulers over the earth. Even though they rule the earth, we on earth are not supposed to worship them.
The book of Hebrews 2:5 confirms the authorities of the present world to be these spirit beings, however, the world to come will not be subject to their rule. “For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak”
Let us explore a little into this mystery. I said earlier that these hosts of heaven attend scheduled meetings with God. They are required to give accounts of their activities before the Supreme Overseer.
Now study these two scriptures from the book of Job:
“Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in It”.
“Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.
And the LORD said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in It”.
Satan also attends meetings! Could he be a member of the council and does he bring petitions before the council? During the temptation of our Lord Jesus Christ after His forty days and forty nights “dry fast”, Satan made a claim before Jesus that “the kingdoms of the world belonged to him” which makes him a high-ranking member of the divine council! Let us examine at this claim:
“And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.
And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.
If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine”.
We are now getting closer to the root. Further, Psalm 82 gives us a vivid description of a meeting of the heavenly divine council to which was given rulership over the seventy nations of the earth:
“God standeth in the congregation of the mighty; he judgeth among the gods.
How long will ye judge unjustly, and accept the persons of the wicked? Selah.
Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.
Deliver the poor and needy: rid them
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