by Jerry Vines

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Dark Helpers (33 of 36)
Series: Ephesians - Defeating The Dark Side
Jerry Vines
Ephesians 6:12

If you do not understand as a Christian that there is a war going on and that the war involves you as a believer, then you have some problems along the way and you won't understand what goes on and what happens. This is a most interesting verse. Verse 12 says this: ''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.''

The Bible does teach that there is a dark side in the universe. I think most all people in the world are aware of the fact that there's evil in the world, but they are not sure just exactly why evil is in the world and how evil operates. Those of us who read the Bible understand that the Bible teaches there is a dark world. Also, the Bible teaches there is a ruler of that dark world.

We took this into consideration last week when we looked at verses 10 and 11. Especially the latter part of verse 11 where it says, ''Ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.'' The word, devil, means the accuser. He is referred to in many other ways. Sometimes he is referred to as Satan, the adversary. He is referred to as the prince of the demons. He is referred to in many different ways. But we do know that in the universe there is a dark side and the Bible says there is a dark ruler in the dark side. The Bible says that his name is the devil.

We know many things about the devil, but one of the things we do know is though the devil goes to and fro, the devil is not everywhere at the same time. I Peter 1:5 says, ''Your adversary, the devil as a roaring lion walketh about seeking who he may devour.'' So, he goes to and fro, but the devil is not everywhere all the time. He is not omnipresent.

We know also that the devil has a great deal of power. But he does not have all power. He is not omnipotent. We know that t ...

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