Over the last few days God has laid a portion of scripture upon my heart and I would like to share it with you.
Ephesians 6:12-13 King James Version (KJV)
12 “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
21 But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things:
22 Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts”.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ this is such a powerful piece of scripture just the opening paragraph says enough we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
What is this darkness that is mentioned in this piece of scripture. Well the darkness is sinful behaviour so the rulers of Darkness are those who gives rise to sinful behaviour and each and every one of us.
Now what about spiritual wickedness is it always to be found in high places no it is not it is found in low places as well. It is even to be found in the house of God because those who may frequent the house of God may themselves be trapped in spiritual wickedness.
And when members of the church which are trapped in spiritual wickedness it destroys all spiritual growth in the church and the church becomes dead and moribund. Unless you take a disinfectant to the spiritual wickedness then the church will die.
Now there are those who come to church in fine clothing and appear to be so righteous but the truth of the matter is is that they have no righteousness , none of us do. But they pretend to have it but it is just a deception and it is a deception that is played on other people.
So many people in church who have not repented of their sins and if people do not repent of their sins they will find no redemption no renewal no restoration and they will no longer be sanctified by the Holy Spirit because what is given can be taken away. And for them who do not repent then the fiery furnace of Hell awaits them at the end of days.
Spiritual wickedness is all pervasive and it can spread like a contagion throughout the church congregation so that all are dragged into it.
For any church to grow in the spirit it needs to excise the spiritual wickedness that is killing the spirit within the church.
I spent many years in the police force I thought I had seen it all manner of spiritual wickedness all manner of sinful behaviour but I have to tell you you what I see in some churches frankly astounds me. Now I am no Paragon of virtue myself and I am not a good man but I am a man trying to live a good life trying to live according to scripture I wish some of my Christian brothers and sisters would do likewise because it is their souls that are at risk.
And may God bless you this evening