“I struggle with depression.”
“My thought loops with negative self-talk.”
“I can’t seem to shake these feelings of inadequacy.”
I hear comments like these all the time. Although our lives are among the most prosperous on the planet, our thoughts swirl with famine and dryness. Why is this?
I believe the kingdom of fear is alive and well in our world today. I first began to be aware of this realm of fear when we flew into Asian airspace for the first time. As we neared Taiwan, I was overcome with feelings of fear and despair. At that time, I chalked it up to my moving to a new culture and leaving my familiar. Even after flying to Asia became commonplace, I found dread and fear an expected part of the return overseas.
I readily accept God as the Supreme Ruler of both heaven and earth (Psalm 103:19). I believe that He bids hosts of angels to carry out His plans (Psalm 103:20-21; Zechariah 1:10; Matthew 25:31). The Bible makes it plain that there are some angels, like Gabriel and Micheal, who seem to have a higher position in the Kingdom of God (see Luke 1:9 and Jude 1:9). Considering the organization and numbers of these ministering angels, it is no wonder we are at a loss to understand the complexity of their administration (Revelation 5:11).
Despite this well-established system, the Bible testifies that there are two opposing systems in the cosmos. It is battle between forces of good and forces of evil, between a kingdom of darkness and a kingdom of light (2 Corinthians 10:3; 1 Peter 2:9). This world has a “prince of the power of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). We have the King of kings.
As Christians we war, not against flesh and blood, but against these dark rulers, against these evil powers, against these world forces of this darkness, against these spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).
Yes, man was created to rule as governor over the earth (Genesis 1:26), but the first couple gave away their right to reign (Genesis 3:1-7). The devil realized this and even admitted it aloud to Jesus (Luke 4:6). Jesus Himself attests that the dominion of this world is no longer held by His Kingdom (John 18:36).
In this war, satan also has scullions of service. Some commentators point to these being on God’s left hand side, using scriptures like 1 Kings 22:19 and Matthew 25:31-33 as proof texts. I’m not sure about this. What I can agree is that the evil one has organized a territorial hierarchy with rulers, powers, world forces of darkness and spiritual forces of wickedness (Colossians 2:15). Dominant spirits like fear, anger, hatred and death not only work together, but also have subjugate spirits working toward their purpose. The spirit of fear, for instance has lackeys like despair, doubt, anxiety, worry, and dread employed for his service.
Fear has always held a place in our society, but the expansion of media in the horror genre as well as world beliefs into our education has welcomed spirits that whisper uneasiness, apprehension, phobias, and even suicide. Although counseling is often needed to begin the process of truth building, counseling should always be coupled with warfare praying.
If you or someone you know is struggling with feelings of fear and inadequacy, consider printing out a warfare prayer to pray daily until deliverance is achieved. Christ is “far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come” (Ephesians 1:21). He is now seated at the right Hand of God, where angels and authorities and powers have been subjected to Him (1 Peter 3:22). Yes, you are in a battle, but you are on the winning side. I am fighting alongside you on your behalf.