THOUGHT: There is an unseen source behind the struggles we see.
BIBLE: For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens. Ephesians 6:12
TRANSCRIPT: Hey, everybody! Welcome back to Morning Thrive. We're talking about the unseen world, the spiritual activity around us. Did you know that there's a whole city underneath the Magic Kingdom in Disney World? You're probably like me years ago when I took our daughters to Disney World. You go in and of course you see the castle, but you don't really notice that you're kind of walking up in elevation. The reason is because underneath all the shops, and all the things that you see, the fireworks, the displays, and the characters, underneath all this is a whole different world. It's a little city underground that's filled with lockers, rooms, and restaurants. It's where all the workers go when they're behind the scenes preparing to come up into the physical world that the patron sees.
Well in many ways, that's how the Bible describes what is happening around us. We see the physical world around us, but behind that is a spiritual reality. When you're dealing with temptation or depression or anxiety, many of these have an unseen force behind them, and the Bible really warns us about this. In Ephesians 6:12, it says “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens,” or some versions say, “in the heavenly realm.”
What that means is that when you see evil around you, there is a spiritual source of this evil that comes from the devil our spiritual enemy and our adversary. So, when we see this around us, we need to understand that there's a source behind it. We're going to be talking later this week about how to deal with that, but right now, it would be good for you to stop and ask the question whenever you see something going on, what's really behind that. What spiritual force is behind what I'm seeing in my life right now. We'll talk more about this tomorrow.
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