The Ruler of The Kingdom of The Air

On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered. The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if He would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse Him. But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored. But they [the pharisees] were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus. Luke 6:6-11

Before I continue, let me preface what I am about to write by saying that I am in no way intending to draw a comparison through this post of person to person. Rather, I am in every way drawing a comparison of entity to entity — the Ruler of the Kingdom of the Air.

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In the above passage, did you notice anything that seemed familiar? Anything feel… modern? Front page news-ish? Current state of affairs-ish? As I read this passage, I am struck by the similarity between the Pharisees of old, and those today who would dismiss the good deeds of a person simply because they hate that person with, well, a mindless rage.

Rage has become our modern world’s defining characteristic

I suppose there really is no reason for astonishment over this, as it only confirms that the very same spirit, who was the driving force behind the blinding hatred toward Jesus, is alive and well today in those who do not know Christ. Don’t misunderstand me, I am not speaking of anger. Anger is a normal, God-given emotion that even Jesus experienced (many times, I’m sure). We can be angry and not sin. But rage is altogether different and does not find its origin in God.

The Bible explicitly tells us that it is Satan who is working in those who are disobedient to God:

And although you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you formerly lived according to this world’s present path, according to the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience, among whom all of us also formerly lived out our lives in the cravings of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath even as the rest. Ephesians 2:1-3

What I find astonishing, is the frequency with which we see this same spirit at work in many professing Christians today. Whether toward the world or other Christians, the implications of this, in terms of spiritual condition, is sobering. Especially considering Paul’s statement above, “the ruler of the spirit that is now energizing the sons of disobedience.”

This is not my own point of view. God’s Word itself, unequivocally addresses this issue head on:

We know that we have crossed over from death to life because we love our fellow Christians. The one who does not love remains in death. Everyone who hates his fellow Christian is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him.  1 John 3:14-15

If anyone says “I love God” and yet hates his fellow Christian, he is a liar, because the one who does not love his fellow Christian whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And the commandment we have from him is this: that the one who loves God should love his fellow Christian too. 1 John 4:20-21

You must let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but only what is beneficial for the building up of the one in need, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. You must put away all bitterness, anger, wrath, quarreling, and slanderous talk—indeed all malice. Ephesians 4:29-31

Not only is this type of behavior grievous to God, it publicly dishonors the name of Jesus. When backed into a corner, many try to justify their indignant outbursts by claiming, “I don’t hate my fellow Christian. I don’t hate others in the world. I just strongly disagree with them, and sometimes that can come across as anger”. But, that doesn’t get anyone off the hook.

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters! Let every person be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger. For human anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness. James 1:19-20

You have heard that it was said to an older generation, ‘Do not murder,’ and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults a brother will be brought before the council, and whoever says ‘Fool’ will be sent to fiery hell. Matthew 5:21-22

This mindless rage that has gripped our world today finds its source in the Evil One. Don’t be deceived, it is not righteous anger that makes us hate our neighbor, or brother, or sister in Christ. It is satanic rage. And it has settled upon our world like a thick fog; seeping even into the Church.

If you are a Christian and you struggle with rage, I strongly encourage you to repent and turn to God to be set free. Rage is a powerful tool in the hand of the enemy, don’t underestimate its ability to enslave you. It will steal your witness and consume your life, if you let it.


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26 thoughts on “The Ruler of The Kingdom of The Air

  1. Very convicting message, Dee. One of those messages that I wish were about “those people over there,” but really applies to all of us. Jesus was pretty firm about His message, wasn’t He?

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  2. I just read your February 2019 post, Dee, and was encouraged to leave a comment to your question…”Did you notice anything that seemed familiar in the above passage? Anything feel… modern?” Is not all scripture written for the benefit of every generation? So, for me, it is true that this season of time in our history is extremely perplexed, complicated and revealing. Sometimes I believe that this nation’s past sins and hidden trespasses are catching up with it. We all need a fresh anointing. Thank you for stirring the pot of righteousness. Your insight was refreshing. Love you.

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    • Hi Sister Fowler! So good to hear from you. I was beginning to wonder if you had forgotten about me. 🙂

      I couldn’t agree with you more that our nation’s “past sins and hidden trespasses” are catching up with us. The older I get, the more acutely attuned I am to what I do and say and how those things might ‘catch up with me’ at some point in my life. When you’re young and green you don’t think about these things until you see the consequences later on in life. I have no doubt that our world is entering a time of reckoning very soon, and its beginnings are already visible. Funny, I just got this picture of a roller coast moving slowly up the rail to the top of a very steep and vertical drop. A vision perhaps, of where our nation/world finds itself today. Maybe I’ll blog about that. 🙂 Love and hugs to you, my Sister in Christ!

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  3. How can I forget you, Dee. You were one of my very first readers and encouragers. I so enjoy your posts. I’m not up on ‘end times’ that your guest bloggers write and therefore do not feel qualified to comment. I’ll stick to your personal blogs.

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    • I’m so glad you enjoy my posts, and that would never forget me! I haven’t been writing much lately, though. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things in the new year. But we’ll see what God has in store for me.

      God bless, my friend. I pray you and your family have a wonderful Christmas and a very blessed 2020!

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  4. Dee, as you predicted, we are now in 2020 seeing what God has in store for us. God is opening doors to nations that do not know him. We are to walk through them and spread the Gospel. Covid-19 just might be the key. Your thoughts.

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    • Sister Fowler, I believe you are right. I believe God has many purposes for allowing this terrible disease worldwide. And of course, spreading the gospel is always his primary goal. Blessings to you and yours. I pray that God keeps you safe in these terrible times. And that he uses you mightily to further His Kingdom here on earth. You are a soul warrior!

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    • Amen. These are much needed proclamations right now. I continually remind myself that God is in control and has a purpose even for this. Thank you for this additional reminder and encouragement today. God bless you.

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  5. Amen. The issue of rage and anger is one of the most misinterpreted and distorted idea in both the world and church. I believe what you have pointed out is the Word of God which is both Alive and Active. Thank you for the eye opening message. May the Lord open the our eyes to such mysteries so that we are not enslaved to the lie of the enemy but we are set free by the truth(Christ Jesus)

    God bless you all.

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