Planet Earth is the only physical sphere in the entire universe where human or animal life forms are in existence. Astronomers and the American space agency, NASA, are spending billions endeavouring to prove otherwise while poverty and resultant famine kill off millions on our planet.
On the human side of life over 7 billion individuals now walk the earth in compliance with natural laws necessary for survival. Those natural laws were put in place by a Spiritual Being responsible for the creation of all that is in physical existence.
The spiritual realm is the first and only reality. The physical realm is but a product of that first reality. Therefore, the physical realm is in total subjection to the spiritual realm. The entire expanse of the physical universe belongs to the Spiritual Being that created it, but He has decreed that Planet Earth should be in custodianship of the human life that He created and placed on this planet.
Gen. 1:26. And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Gen. 1:27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen. 1:28. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Nothing can be clearer than that. As human creatures made in the image of and after the likeness of the Creator Spirit (that is, God) means that we were created as gods and as such have been given collective responsibility over the earth. “I have said, Ye are gods; and all of you are children of the most High.” (Ps 82:6)
Most of us know what happened in the Garden of Eden. By an act of deceit, another spiritual being, Satan, wrested the god-given authority from man over the earth and took control of the mind of man, hence his title, the god of this world.
We should also know that Jesus, God in the flesh, restored that authority to man when He died on the Cross. Not many are aware of this fact. Liberated man (those that are saved), once again has access to the throne of God and are able to thwart the wiles of the devil and his horde of fallen angels and demons going about seeing whom they can ‘devour’. “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour:” (1Pet. 5:8)
There is a spiritual battle going on in the world. The target is the human race. Nations, governments, terrorist groups and individuals carry out atrocities as a result of the influence of the spiritual forces of darkness. In effect, they are human agents acting out the ‘script’ of these forces. They do so unwittingly, but they might as well be demons themselves when considering the aftermath of their actions. Satanic forces are not permitted to directly attack members of the human race. If they had such an advantage there would not be a single human being left alive on this earth.
There’s a whole lot more to be said about this, but the point I’m trying to get across is this; our livelihood as human beings is subject to either the Spirit of God and His angels assigned to act on our behalf or to the spirit of Satan and the dark spiritual forces under his command. Human conflict, death and destruction are designed by the dark side of the spiritual realm and then incessantly presented to the mind of man for execution against his fellow man. Strife between spouses, rebellious children, greed, crime, genocide and war all emanate from spirit-inflicted blueprints into unguarded human minds for execution against each other.
It should be borne in mind that we, too, are spiritual creatures (with a covering of flesh) and that our thoughts are not always our own. Spirits, whether good or bad, can communicate with our spirits and we process those communications as thoughts of our own which we then speak out or perform either to the detriment or benefit of others.
Our correctional institutions are crammed with the ‘victims’ of dark spiritual forces while the vast majority of the human race simply cannot get along with each other, with dire consequences. Family feuds, divorce, slanderous behaviour, pride, jealousy, unforgiveness and self-centredness are all demonically-invoked traits that have been incubating within us until ready to be birthed with malicious intent.
I want to reiterate that humankind and the physical world are products of the spiritual realm (on God’s side) and that the latter holds complete sway over its product. Absolutely nothing happens in the physical world without being influenced by the spiritual realm – good or bad. All our thoughts, words and deeds are heard and recorded by the One from whom we came. This is known as our book of life. If we want our name to appear in God’s Book of Life, then we need to heed His Word and pay attention to what goes on around us so as to identify the works of the devil in our thoughts and deeds.
God-consciousness 24/7 is the only way to guard against wickedness launched from the dark side, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph 6:12)
We need to discern our thoughts and release only that which is good. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” (Ps 19:14)