For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12).
My wife walked out of the airport restroom. She looked as if she was going to throw up. We were about to go through the airport checkpoint when we paused. “I feel awful. It came on suddenly. I don’t know if I should go”, she said. We were going on an overnight trip to meet with a marketplace ministry about a possible joint venture project. It was important for me to have her there. But she was feeling so bad she could be miserable traveling in this state. “You may be right. Perhaps you should not go.” We were both disappointed. We began to transfer my clothing into my bag. We prayed together and I proceeded to the gate. I was disappointed, perplexed and a bit angry. “Lord, I don’t know about this. If this is not of your hand I pray against it in Jesus’ name. I pray for Angie’s healing right now and I bind this spirit of infirmity.” I got to the gate about ten minutes later. As I was waiting to check in I looked up and there was Angie. “I’m going. I kept asking if should go and a voice said, ‘No. I changed my mind three times. But I finally decided that I am not dead and I should be going on this trip.”
We got on the plane and within a few minutes the symptoms of illness were completely gone. The symptoms were a counterfeit. She was fine the rest of the trip. It was critical for her to participate with me because it became a major turning point in my own spiritual pilgrimage. She needed to experience what I was going to experience.
There is the spiritual and there is the physical. The spiritual involves two forces. One is good. One is evil. We must realize the spiritual is more real than the physical. Satan does have his agents in the world to thwart the purposes of God. We need to recognize when these are at work. Pray that you might have spiritual eyes and ears to discern these forces today in your work.