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Under the Sway of this Present Age

To move or cause slow movement, often rhythmically backward and forward or from side to side is to sway. From a spiritual perspective, if your eye isn’t on the prize, Hebrews 12:1-2, the temptations of this present age may cause you to oscillate. Thus, if you aren’t secure by being deeply rooted in Christ, Colossians 2:7-8, you become vulnerable prey to the Devil. According to one of Jesus’ own disciples, behind the scenes there is a spiritual enemy who is constantly on the prowl, 1 Peter 5:8. This invisible roaring lion is the force of darkness behind this present age.

In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God], Ephesians 2:2.

While God is omnipresent, the ruler of the air is flying from place to place, searching for an open door. For those of you currently undergoing a fierce spiritual attack, God isn’t the one to blame. Rather, the sway of this present age feeds on enticement and lust, James 1:13-15, dragging curious souls further and further away from God. Like being under the influence of a spiritual spell, addiction, poor choices and unusual behavior make people do the opposite of what they want, Romans 7:15-17. According to the apostle Paul, this is when full blown sin takes over your body.

Put on God’s whole armor [the armor of a heavy-armed soldier which God supplies], that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For we are not wrestling with flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the despotisms, against the powers, against [the master spirits who are] the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spirit forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) sphere, Ephesians 6:11-12.

Four chapters after introducing the concept of a ruler of the air, the apostle Paul provides a blueprint on how to survive the sway of this present age, Ephesians 6:11-18. Another way of conceptualizing the armor of God, if you don’t put on this spiritual armor via prayer, it’s like fighting naked. Meanwhile, you can’t overlook the apostle Paul’s advice in 2 Corinthians 10:4-6, as your mindset makes a different. If you take your thoughts captive, you won’t be swayed. However, as soon as you let your guard down, a spirit of disobedience will poison your soul and pull you away from the Lord.

by Jay Mankus

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