Read 1 Corinthians 2:12 from your Bible
So there is a spirit of the world. What does that spirit command?
Read 1 John 2:15-17 from your Bible
We see here that the spirit of the world commands the activities of the lust of the flesh. It monitors, supervises, coordinates, and organises the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life.
Let’s look at Peter’s case: Read Matthew 16:22 from your Bible
Jesus was talking about the death He would die, and Peter, influenced by one of these negative spirits, began to rebuke Jesus!
Friends, the rulers of this wicked world, and the wicked spirits in high places, are the forces we are contending with!
These forces influence people to do things against God, so that they can fall under His judgement.
See Peter, who had just proclaimed Jesus as the Christ by revelation (“neither flesh nor blood has revealed this to you”, Jesus told him). The devil then decided to also reveal something to him. So Peter took Jesus and began to rebuke Him!
He was under a strange influence; strange influence from the pit of hell!
Anything that makes for spiritual arrogance and rebellion, is the work of the spirit of the world.
Read Matthew 16: 23 from your Bible
When the things of God don’t matter to you, you are under the influence of one of the rulers of this wicked world.
I see Peter’s rebuke of Jesus as blasphemous, seditious and rebellious!
What happened? Peter simply went wild under a satanic influence!
Every time you see your spirit not embracing the truth of life, know that there is a strange influence trying to tear down your destiny. So be smart to say, like Jesus, “Get thee behind me Satan!”
Read Luke 22:3 from your Bible
Judas was also a victim.
Every rebellion is perpetrated by demonic influences. Rebellion is a demonic activity perpetrated by evil influences.
Satan entered Judas, and he went his way to betray the Master.
These are not natural forces. They are essentially spiritual, demonic, satanic forces, aiming at men’s destinies, to destroy them. You will not be destroyed in Jesus name!
The spirit of the world has destroyed many families.
The woman wants everything money can buy, until she wears the man out! That is the lust of the eyes!
For a man or woman to be wearing clothes on credit, he or she is under the captivity of the spirit of the world – the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes.
To look at a wristwatch that is worth thousands of dollars and go for it, while other pressing issues are left unattended to, is sickening!
Friend, these things work so subtly. You don’t hear the “footsteps” of a serpent, do you?
Now tell me, what is a man doing with two cars, when he’s only just starting a business? Meanwhile, he’s all over the place looking for capital. He is committing a capital sin!
Remote control! It controls from the realm of the unseen!
The spirit of the world puts people in bondage by the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
Some people are looking for what business to do, meanwhile the jewelleries they have on adds up to more than the capital they need!
The spirit of the world is what is tormenting your mind, that won’t let you be contented or be grateful to God, it keeps your mind panting after things!
Haven’t you heard that godliness with contentment is great gain? (1 Timothy 6:6)
Friend, you don’t have a problem, so don’t create one for yourself.
Whatever makes you tired of the truth is the devil!
Look at Ephesians 2:1-3 from your Bible,
It says, “the prince of the power of the air”. So wherever air is, that’s where he operates.
The prince of the power of the air is what moves a man into the lust of the flesh and all that follows it.
Now, look into the atmosphere and say:
“Christ has given me power against unclean spirits. Prince of the power of the air, hear my voice: I am not subject to your authority. Your influence will no longer find access to my life, nor my flesh, nor my mind. No! No more!”
When you look at what is in the world – the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, and the pride of life – they are all machinations of the spirit of the world. And when you are captured by it, you become an enemy of God.
Read James 4:4 from your Bible.
No enemy of God has a future. Remember Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Herod and others. It is the love of God that guarantees glorious living!