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Principalities

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Loveroftruth:
I wrote this awhile back - it is unfinished yet felt led to post this as an off-spin of the Demon thread and the possibility that we can "create a thing"

Any feedback would be great  :girlheart:

Principalities


When we hear the word "Principality" we quickly think about some dark, evil demon of sort flying around the invisible world messing with cities and countries doing its warfare against all "good". Is this really what a principality is?

In Ephesians 6:12 we find these words: 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 word principality is the Greek word (arche). We get words like architect and monarch, from this word.
Arche
•   beginning, origin
•   the person or thing that commences, the first person or thing in a series, the leader
•   that by which anything begins to be, the origin, the active cause
•   the extremity of a thing
•   of the corners of a sail
•   the first place, principality, rule, magistracy
•   of angels and demons

Most of the time it gets interpreted as demonic forces or the infiltrating force of evil. I once heard a guy named Bob Mumford speak about a different view he had been shown.

He called a principality a non-corporeal being, non-corporeal defined as a non-human, entity that exerts power and authority over an individual when they are part, or in the presence of that "corporation" or group, even though they may act in a more autonomous way when away from the group.

In other words when we set up an organization or corporation, that "thing" takes on a life of its own and is dominated by an "entity"

For example, if I and three other friends gather and God shows up, then we decide to make this thing official and make it a weekly church gathering and give it a name, we have in essence, created a "principality" or a "thing". We must then "serve" this thing to keep it alive. No longer are we serving and focusing on God, but we now must focus on this thing to keep it going.

It's like a corporation, which comes from the root word "corp" (corpse). A corporation is actually a "living thing" that has been created. It requires everyone in that corporation to serve that thing to keep it alive and thriving. If one doesn't have allegance to that "thing" and work very hard to keep that thing growing, one will be let go.

We can see that we have principalities all around us, the education system, government, the Vatican, sports, industries, etc…

I believe one of the greatest is our churches, you will clearly see that it is a principality of our own creation. It starts out as an idea to serve the Lord and quickly becomes a situation where we are no longer serving the Lord but we are serving "IT". We must focus on the church too keep it going, we need money, people to serve, people to show up and need to keep the people coming. It's not uncommon to see if you do not "serve it" or "obey it" you will be punished in some way, shape or form. The question is, are we serving the Lord or the "thing"? Look at denominations, each one a beast of its own, one must serve that certain beast to be part of that principality.

From time to time I will do temp jobs, I enjoy this because of the variety of people I meet. One thing I noticed recently was that each company I go into has a unique flavor and Spirit to it. People seem to become like their environment and if one has Spiritual discernment, you can really sense the Spiritual environment. I have seen this reality in Churches to.

Recently I started taking up tennis again and quickly could identify that the whole "world of tennis" had a life of its own that quickly was there to try and pull me in to "serve it".
People who are into tennis know all the "best players" and all the "terminology" of that world. They know the best rackets and accessories and know who the top pros are for lessons, they even argue amongst themselves which is better, the modern technique of tennis or traditional technique.

As I looked at it I saw exactly the same things as we Christians do, nothing different just where our focus is directed.

Everywhere you turn in this world, you will find principalities to come under and serve. For some its sports, for some its our job, for some its our church and for some its religion disguised as "the deep things of God". Yes, even those who are "out of church" serve a thing and it is still religion, just wrapped up into a different package.

I think we have the ability to "create" a thing that takes on a life of its own. Whatever we create will require us to worship it or serve it. May we have wisdom in the things we bow down to and spend our time serving? May we guard ourselves from worshiping things other then God and may we have wisdom to not create yet another "thing" that will compete for the affections of our Lord.

97531:
Good topic

Rom 1:19  Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them.
Rom 1:20  For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.


I know this is used as ET'ers 2nd way cop out for those that never heard but here I see this fits in perfectly with what you are sharing.

Is hell aka Eternal torment not a vain imagination? Have they not changed our incorruptible God into an idol of a god created in man's image?

So much scripture used to condemn others in fact points back to us with three fingers.


--- Quote from: LoverofTruth ---May we guard ourselves from worshiping things other then God and may we have wisdom to not create yet another "thing" that will compete for the affections of our Lord.
--- End quote ---

Amen

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