“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.” Ephesians 2:1-2
I’m quite sure those who have not yet received Christ into their heart and lives do not think of themselves as being dead, but the reality of it is that they are due to their lifestyle. The ruler of the kingdom of the air spoken of is Satan. Cast out of heaven with the other angels who followed him in His rebellion against God, he now wreaks havoc on this earth. The thing that many people don’t seem to realize is that although the devil is the ruler of this world, God still has ultimate control over him and everything in existence. If there were something out of His control He would cease to be God for by His very nature He is all-powerful1, all knowing2 and all places at the same time by the Spirit3.
The fact that they are living a disobedient life would come as a shock to most unbelievers. They can disassociate themselves with that fact by simply denying the existence of God. Problem solved. They never consider that life needs to have order to it. Without order there is chaos and while it may seem to be just that at times, there is without question a certain order to everything that transpires in life. God has set the standard and the bar hasn’t been set too high for people to achieve victory. Seek, receive, surrender and obey. It’s pretty straightforward. Folks get all hung up on the issue of the unseen nature of God. It’s as if everyone lived in Missouri4; they want to be shown before they believe. It doesn’t work that way. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:7). Faith can blossom from hearing the word spoken by someone on the street or at work, not just in church. But without faith people will never come to know God.
Disassociate yourself from this world, for it is dying. Live a life worthy of the price paid for your salvation. Don’t make God’s grace5 into a cheap thing by living as you choose. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
4 Missouri is known as the “Show Me” state.
5 Simply defined as God’s “unmerited or undeserved favor”.