Evil Spiritual Forces – An Expose

Unseen evil lurks all around us. Both on earth and in the very heavens above, dark spiritual forces seek to wreak havoc. Few fully grasp the reality of demonic powers occupying heavenly places and influencing worldly affairs.

Yet Scripture warns clearly of rulers, authorities, and cosmic powers of darkness in the spiritual realm (Ephesians 6:12). As beings created for God’s glory, understanding these evil forces is essential for defending ourselves against their schemes.

What are Spiritual Forces of Evil?

Spiritual forces of evil or demons are fallen angels who rebelled against God and reign in the heavenly places, having been cast down from their former glory (Revelation 12:7-9). Led by Satan, these demonic forces oppose the plans of God and seek to establish Satan’s authority over the earth (Matthew 12:24-29).

Originating from pride, demons tempt and influence people towards further rebellion against God. They promote spiritual blindness and keep unbelievers ensnared by false worldviews (2 Corinthians 4:4). These evil spirits wage war against God’s kingdom, attacking believers spiritually to hinder their effectiveness (Ephesians 6:12).

Where Do These Dark Forces Originate From?

Before their fall, evil spiritual forces consisted of holy angels created by God, just like the devoted angels now serving Him (Colossians 1:16). But pride and ambition corrupted some angels including Satan, God’s adversary, who deemed himself higher than God (Isaiah 14:12-15; Ezekiel 28:12-19).

Satan rallied other angels in open rebellion, resulting in warfare in heaven and their eventual defeat and banishment from God’s presence (Revelation 12:7-9). These fallen angels, numbering a third of the heavenly host, now occupy the heavenly places as evil spiritual forces opposed to God’s work (Revelation 12:4).

Biblical and Theological Perspectives

Demonic activity originating in heavenly realms is a clear biblical theme. Satan accuses believers before God (Revelation 12:10), the prince of the power of the air promotes disobedience (Ephesians 2:2), and opposed spiritual forces inhabit heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).

Theologically, evil spirits are created yet corrupted beings, neither omnipresent nor omniscient yet possessing immense power. As forces of darkness, they tempt, accuse, possess, inflict suffering, and wage spiritual attacks against people (Mark 5:1-20). A key goal involves establishing strongholds of false ideologies that keep people captive (2 Corinthians 10:3-6).

Evil Spirits in the Heavenly Realms

Scripture points to heavenly places where spiritual forces of evil reside and influence the earth. As supernatural beings, they can transport between the spiritual and physical realms (Mark 1:23), operating out of heavenly spheres to execute Satan’s plans.

Heavenly Places Described in Scripture

Several passages describe these unseen heavenly places. Paul notes spiritual blessings among believers in the heavenlies in Christ (Ephesians 1:3). Our struggle exists against demonic powers in the heavenlies (Ephesians 6:12). Satan’s authority includes power over all the kingdoms of the world (Luke 4:5-8).

The book of Revelation depicts warfare in heaven (Revelation 12:7-9) and the eventual defeat of the accuser Satan (Revelation 12:10-12). These passages reveal unseen dimensions where cosmic spiritual battles rage over human souls and life on earth.

Evidence of Demonic Activity in the Heavens

Satan and evil forces utilize the heavenly places as their dwelling and base of operations to influence humanity towards evil. Specific examples include:

  • False ideologies, religions, and idols have demonic origins (Deuteronomy 32:16-17; Psalm 96:5; 1 Corinthians 10:20).
  • Satan blinds minds to the gospel (2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 12:9).
  • Demons transmit false visions and revelations (1 Timothy 4:1-3).
  • Territorial spirits rule over nations and regions (Daniel 10:13,20).

Demonic activity in heavenly realms clearly impacts life on earth, requiring spiritual discernment (1 John 4:1-3).

Powers, Principalities and Rulers of Darkness

Various rankings exist within these evil spiritual forces inhabiting heavenly places. Classifications include thrones, powers, rulers, authorities, spiritual forces of evil, and cosmic powers (Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 6:12).

High-ranking demons rule over lower-ranking demons. Daniel 10 depicts territorial spirit princes over Israel and Persia. Revelation 12:7-9 possibly describes Satan as an archangel ruling over other fallen angels.

These beings exercise delegated authority in the heavenlies to dominate nations, institutions, regions, and individuals. But Christ’s victory on the cross triumphed over them (Colossians 2:15).

Battling Invisible Evil

Recognizing demonic influence is vital for victory against spiritual forces of evil. As these powers of darkness and deception wage warfare unseen, believers must utilize spiritual weapons revealed in Scripture (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).

Recognizing Attacks from Heavenly Spiritual Forces

Demons attack through temptations to sin, condemnation, false religions, destructive habits, fear, oppression, and afflictions (1 Peter 5:8-9). They infect souls with pride, anger, and bitterness.

Other symptoms of demonic influence include mental confusion, compulsive sin, voices speaking lies, and physical ailments without natural causes. Personality changes, emotional disturbances, and nightmares may also indicate spiritual attack.

Defensive Spiritual Warfare Strategies

Believers can utilize defensive spiritual warfare to guard themselves against demonic powers. Key strategies include:

  • Put on the full armor of God through Christ (Ephesians 6:10-18).
  • Submit and draw near to God (James 4:7-8).
  • Renew our minds with Scripture to resist deception (Romans 12:2).
  • Ask God’s angels to minister and protect us (Psalm 91:11-12).

Implementing these defensive measures safeguards us from demonic influence and accusation.

Offensive Weapons Against Evil Spirits

While defensive tactics are essential, God calls us to wield offensive weapons for demolishing spiritual strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). Our mighty weapons include:

  • The word of God – the supreme sword to combat deception (Hebrews 4:12).
  • Prayer and commands in Jesus’ name – invoking Christ’s authority over demonic spirits (Mark 16:17).
  • Praise and worship – God’s presence carries warfare impact (Acts 16:25-26).
  • Our testimony – sharing Christ’s redemptive power (Revelation 12:11).

Offensive actions pierce the kingdom of darkness, plundering the enemy’s camp through God’s delegated power (Matthew 16:19).

Overcoming Evil’s Influence

While battling invisible evil can seem futile at times, Christ promises we will share in His definitive victory (John 16:33). We overcome evil forces through His redemption and their eventual judgement (Revelation 20:10).

Removing Footholds of Demonic Oppression

Demonic spirits gain footholds in our lives through unconfessed sin, ignorance of Satan’s devices, and areas of bondage. We eliminate these footholds by:

  • Confessing and repenting of all known sins (1 John 1:9).
  • Renouncing areas of demonic access from past sins or curses (Galatians 5:1).
  • Forgiving others to destroy legal ground (Matthew 18:21-35).

Removing footholds through repentance, renunciation, and forgiveness restricts the enemy’s legal rights to oppress us.

Walking in the Full Armor of God

Powerful protection comes when we walk daily in the full armor of God, enabling us to stand firm and resist demonic schemes (Ephesians 6:10-18). Key elements include:

  • Belt of truth – unwavering in full surrender to Christ who is Truth (John 14:6).
  • Breastplate of righteousness – personal holiness and purity (Romans 13:12).
  • Shield of faith – trusting God’s promises and power to deliver (Psalm 91:2).
  • Helmet of salvation – renewing our minds in our identity in Christ (Romans 12:2).
  • Sword of the Spirit – God’s word as our offensive weapon (Hebrews 4:12-13).
  • Prayers and perpetual communion with God – our lifeline.

Jesus’ death and resurrection achieved absolute victory over demonic hosts from heavenly realms (Colossians 2:15). We enforce His triumph in daily spiritual warfare through faith in the mighty name of Jesus, bringing His light to demolish strongholds of darkness.

United with God’s heavenly armies, we march forward armed with divine weapons and Christ’s authority over every power of darkness. His Kingdom advances as we tear down enemy territory, undoing the works of evil spiritual forces through the Spirit’s imparted power.