By Dan Luehrs
“To the intent that now the manifold
wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and
powers in the heavenly places” (Ephesians
I wrote an article sometime back entitled, Your Destiny the Throne from Revelation 3:21. In this small article I provided evidence from the Scriptures how God wants to place His people on the throne with Jesus to rule and reign throughout eternity. As grandiose as this may seem for some believers it will not be a picnic for us to overcome all the powers of hell and the flesh that would try to stop us along the way. There is the daily fight of faith that we all must engage in to defeat the enemy of our souls, namely the flesh. One day I ask the Lord what He wanted me to do, He said, “Overcome the flesh!” Sometimes it seems impossible to overcome our fears, lusts, covetousness, and doubts that plague our minds continually. Yet the word of God gives us no excuses, it says we must conquer them to be an overcomer!
it is our desire to sit in the throne with Jesus we can if we love and served
Him with our whole heart. Not for the reason to have power over mankind, but to
serve them. We must have the mindset that will overcome anything that the devil
tries to put in our path through the power of the Holy Spirit. It may take
weeks, months, and years of personally battling the enemy, but we will prevail
as we become stronger in Him, for the great Overcomer abides in us. It is God’s
will for us that we overcome all the powers of the enemy. God’s original intent
for man was to rule and reign over the earth from the very beginning in the
book of Genesis, His plans have not changed! “Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our
likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the
birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every
creeping thing that creeps on the earth” (Genesis 1:26
Right now God’s intention is for us to rule over all the powers of the enemy in our life. Jesus Christ has given us authority to rule over all the powers of the enemy, so why are so many Christians not taking their rightful place in Him? “Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall injure you” (Luke 10:19 NAS). We have God’s final authority on the matter to overcome in all the areas of our life.
GOD’S ETERNAL PURPOSE FOR YOU
“To the intent that now the
manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities
and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose
which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Ephesians 3:10-11
understand that God is all knowing and His wisdom is beyond our comprehension,
but what is the eternal purpose? God
has a ruling body of authority in heaven and earth; Jesus called us the Ekklesia
(or the church) which will reign with Him as He originally designed it before
the beginning of time. This is God’s eternal purpose! One interpretation of the
word church is, “the called out ones,” but this is not the whole meaning of the
word. The original Ekklesia is the governing body of the country of
“Then the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
If you are a person that has given your heart to Jesus Christ your calling is to be a part of the Ekklesia, you are in training for reigning! Now, if this causes you to become prideful you are obviously not ready to reign with Him because only those who have His humility and likeness will rule and reign. Or if the thought of you reigning with Jesus causes you to think that you are unworthy, that is pride because it is false humility when you are looking at yourself rather than what Jesus has done for you. It’s not about you and me or about how great we are in comparison to others; it’s how great He is in us!
His eternal purpose will be accomplished through His people, the question is, will you and I be a part of it? “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14). Only those who overcome will take part in the ruling body in heaven and on earth; that is not to say if we do not overcome all things in our life that we will not get into heaven. We still will get into the pearly gates, but we will not sit in the throne with Jesus, which is the highest calling there is for mankind because we have His likeness. All power and authority flows through Jesus Christ, which means that the Father’s life will flow from Jesus and His bride into all of creation. I don’t know about you but my desire is to be as close to the Father’s heart as He will allow me to be.
cannot wait until we get to heaven to be close to God, now is the time to seek
the Lord, now is that time to get as close to the Father’s heart as possible!
Jesus said in
you know why God chose Joshua to replace Moses? Because he stayed in the
presence of the Lord long after Moses left the tabernacle of meeting. “So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face,
as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his
servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle”
David was prepared in the presence of the God as he was singing unto the Lord in the desert and was overcoming lions and bears (trials). In fact before he became a warrior in the natural he was overcoming demonic spirits in the wilderness and he too was given power over giants. It all started in his own personal life, and then he was given authority over the enemy in the lives of others. Then one day demons were troubling King Saul and David was summoned to play music for him so that the demons would be driven away. David knew spiritual warfare by getting into the presence of God and so must we if we are going to be the overcomers that He has called us to.
When we study the life of Jesus we see that He would spend all night in prayer with His Father or He would arise early before dawn to seek His face to get direction for that day’s outreaches. If Jesus, Joshua, and David had to get into the presence of the Lord daily does it not make sense that we must also spend time with Him? Not out of obligation, but as a love affair that we cannot wait to be with Him because we love Him and love to spend time in His presence. Then we will have the power to go out and destroy the enemy’s strongholds in God’s power.
WHAT ARE WE TO RULE OVER ANYWAY?
now while we are alive in this earth we should be ruling and overcoming the
spirit of the world, the flesh, and the devil in our own personal lives. Once
we have gained the victory over our enemies we will have qualified to have the
authority and likeness of Jesus Christ and then to help others defeat the enemy
in their own lives. Authority is not granted any other way than to fight to the
victory, the enemy knows this, so he tries to discourage us with the seemingly
impossibility of winning. Jesus said in
God’s wisdom is about to be revealed from heaven through the church to the principalities and powers over the earth and will out smart them in their own game of deception. God is going to turn the tide; in fact all that the enemy has done will be reversed by the wisdom of God through His church. Even as God used the cross to defeat satan in which he thought he had defeated the Son of God on, God’s wisdom triumphed over him in death. Death is the answer to what is ailing us! The sooner we learn to die to self and sin, the quicker we will win the battle. Ask God to help you die to your sin and self right now, so that you too will be free to reign with Him.
God has enlightened many on fire Christians to go to strategic places in the earth and are overthrowing the demonic powers in the heavenlies through the wisdom of God. These demon spirits have ruled long enough, their time is up because God is beginning to reign through His saints who know who they are in Christ and have authority in the spirit realm. “… Because Thou hast taken Thy great power and hast begun to reign…” (Rev 11:17 NAS). Jesus knew who He was as the Son of God when the devil tempted Him in the wilderness and when Jesus won the victory; He came forth with power and authority to cast the enemy out of other people’s life and so will we!
“Then the seventh angel sounded: And
there were loud voices in heaven, saying, "The kingdoms of this world
have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign
forever and ever” (Rev 11:15
I truly believe that this verse is now coming to pass as satan is being cast to the earth having great wrath because he knows that his time is short. There are just too many Christians alive today who know who they are in Christ and who He is in them to overcome the enemy. They are ruling over satanic strongholds and breaking their power in Jesus name; they do not fear demons because the power of Christ is supreme in and upon them. The devil does not want us to know who we are in Christ; he wants to keep us ignorant of God’s abiding power and presence in us by keeping us bound up in our own trails and tribulations that we lose sight of our freedom in Christ.
The devils scheme from the very beginning of the church age has been to keep the word of God out of the hands of the common people. Only the hierarchy in the Roman Catholic Church could read it until some renegade Christian’s started to print it in their own language and then the real warfare begun in the Protestant Reformation. Much blood was spilled by the reformers to get the word of God into our hands and we should hold it, read it, and obey it with great thoughtfulness and thankfulness to God and those who paid the ultimate price with their blood.
is the tool of the devil to enslave the masses of people through their
ignorance of God’s word. The Lord said in
God wants to have an ongoing close relationship with you which is not a programmed religious ceremony of boredom. God wants to have a vibrant ongoing love affair with you daily and wants you to be as excited as He meets with you everyday in the garden of your heart. This too is God’s intention for you!
WHERE DID DEMON’S COME FROM?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and
blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the
darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly
places” (Eph 6:12-13
know that God created all things along with all the principalities and powers
as it says in
"Your heart was lifted up because
of your beauty; you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast
you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. You
defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity
of your trading; therefore I brought fire from your midst; it devoured you,
and I turned you to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you” (Ezekiel
Somehow the devil fell from power and his evil ways were allowed to enter into the Garden of Eden to test God’s new creation made after His own image. There may have been a preadamic world that satan was ruler over until pride and rebellion was found in his heart and he was then cast down and the light that was in him went out. That could be the reason why the earth was formless and void in the day of creation. Nevertheless satan learned his craft of deception somehow and I can guarantee you that God did not teach him how to kill, steel, and destroy the very lives that He created!
I have often thought, “Why do we have to wrestle these demonic powers anyway, why doesn’t God just wipe them all out so that I do not have to deal with them?” Whether we understand it or not these demonic powers are doing us a great favor by opposing us and causing resistance to come against us. These powers are being utilized by God to test us as He did Adam and Eve and are making us into the image of Jesus Christ even as Joseph’s brother’s were used in making him fit for the throne. Demon’s opposed Jesus and He came forth a conqueror spoiling them of all their powers and authority. The wisdom of God outsmarted them in the cross through the weakness and suffering of the flesh. This is how God will overthrow all the powers of the enemy if we will just trust Him in our times of suffering and not to become confused or discouraged by them. God’s wisdom will overthrow these demonic powers in the heavenlies through the church, so get ready for the spirit of wisdom to anoint you for victory in every area of life! This too is God’s intention for you!
POSSESSING THE SEVEN SPIRITS OF GOD
“The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding,
The Spirit of counsel and might, the
Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord” (Isaiah 11:2
Jesus overcame the devil in His lifetime on earth through the seven spirits of God which come from the throne of God (See Revelation 4:5). He was totally reliant upon the Holy Spirit’s leading and power to manifest the perfect wisdom of the triune God and could not been out witted or deceived by the devil’s cunning ways. Jesus had His spiritual eyes opened (having spiritual wisdom) to see how the Spirit of God would lead Him and was able to see the workings of the devil. Even though Jesus was and is God in the form a human being He still was dependent upon the Holy Spirit’s power to manifest through Him. This is how He overcame the devil and the entire evil horde which would attack Him on a daily basis, I am sure of it.
church today is in great need of the Holy Spirit’s wisdom to fill us as He did
Jesus so that we do not succumb to this present evil age, but prevail over it.
We must live in the likeness of the four faces of the living creatures that are
before the throne if we are to win in this fight of faith. “… And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four
living creatures full of eyes in front and in the back. The first living
creature was like a lion, the second living creature like a calf,
the third living creature had a face like a man, and the fourth living
creature was like a flying eagle.
The four living creatures, each having six wings, were full of eyes
around and within…” (Revelation 4:6-8
The first face was like a lion representing the spirit of the fear of God. Why is that? Because that is what a lion causes his prey to do when he roars, fear! I don’t know about you but if I saw a lion coming at me the first thing I would do is freeze in total fear.
second face was like a calf representing the
spirit of might or strength to see our final victory completed over the
power of the flesh.
The third face was that of a man, which represents the spirit of knowledge. Man was made in the image of God and is much more knowledgeable than any other thing made of dust.
The fourth face was that of an eagle representing the spirit of the Lord because the very name of the eagle means “to fly like the wind.” We know that the Spirit of God is likened to the wind as He came on the day of Pentecost in a mighty wind.
The living creatures were and are around the throne which Jesus sits on; this also represents the spirit of counsel working in and through them to rule justly and righteously. Very clearly we can see the seven spirits of God working through the living creatures who are a type of what we are called to be; we also are called to sit on the throne with Jesus throughout eternity because of their impartation in us.
read Paul’s prayer below carefully and see how he intercedes for us to have the
seven spirits of God. The spirit of wisdom, the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your
understanding being enlightened (understanding), that you may know what is the
hope of His calling (counsel), the exceeding greatness of His power (might). I
am adding the Spirit of the Lord here because we cannot have any of these
without Him, nor can we have the spirit of wisdom without the fear of God. “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of
wisdom…” (Prov 9:10
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation
in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being
enlightened (understanding); that you may know what is the hope of
His calling (knowledge), what
are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the
exceeding greatness of His power (might) toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power
which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at
His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and
might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also
in that which is to come” (Eph 1:17-21
put, the living creatures are the manifestation of the seven spirits of God on
the throne. They are called “living creatures” because they are the embodiment
of God’s life and Spirit in mankind upon the throne in human form. How do I
know this? Because they sing the song of the redeemed and by the blood of the
Lamb they are upon the throne (see Revelation 5:8-10). As we are seated in the
heavenlies with Jesus we are far above all principalities and powers as the
seven spirits of God manifest through us. No longer must we cave into the lies
of the enemy telling us that we are nothing in this world and in the