In this day and age, we have the most highly imaginative day and age ever, mankind is pushing his boundaries out and is going further and further out into the realms of his imagination, it is much like the days before the flood and God spoke of that generation back then saying,
“… that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually” and that “the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6: 5,11).
In a lot of ways this is happening and did happen back then because mankind didn’t wish to bridle himself, he didn’t want to be caged in by what you might call principles and so he apparently broke free from a life of having principles and unleashed himself into a life of what you might call savagery. People have this inner desire to be totally wild and free and to have plenty of adventure and excitement and to even have a frenzy of excitement, a frenzy of adventure and so they seek a frenzy of unlimited access into the realms of what you might call pleasure and through all of this they wish to be unbridled by principles until the whole thing becomes a frenzy of excess of nothing but gratification and some kind of an orgy with madness and chaos because after all, he doesn’t wish to be bridled by principles.
A lot of people talk of going to higher planes and higher realms through some kind of spiritual experience but when you really think about it, there is nothing that you can do in this life that doesn’t involve a principle and so how do we find these higher dimensions and higher planes and higher spiritual experiences and these higher ecstasies that people are looking for? Well, funny enough it is through the very thing that people wish to throw off these days and that thing is not necessarily a thing because it’s more than just a thing, it is a principle and that principle happens to be a Person. People talk about how “…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.” Well, if you go back to the first line of that verse where it talks of “wrestling not against principalities” then if you were to view this word “principalities” as meaning principles, then what you might picture would be the rulers of the darkness of this world having their so-called principles and it has to be said that they do have their so-called principles and of course, their principles are NOT principles at all because the rulers of the darkness of this world are antichrist, so in other words, their so-called principles oppose the principles of Jesus Christ and what they wish to do is oust the very principles that we should all be getting into!
If anyone wants to get into the spiritual realm, then there is absolutely only ONE SURE WAY of getting into that spiritual realm and that is through the true principles of life which can only come through and from Jesus Christ Himself. This is what completely and utterly opposes the other so-called principles of the principalities and powers of the rulers of the darkness of this world that absolutely do one hundred percent exist under the prince of the power of the air; they exist and operate under and through the so-called principles that the devil has, the same of which he actually has none at all, not one, nothing but zilch as far as principles go and so this is what we are up against! The devil and his angels who all wish to make us all unprincipled and bring us into their so-called principles of which they have none and so the whole thing falls flat right there because without Jesus there are no principles, only Jesus can give us the true principles of life and therefore only Jesus can bring us into the true realities of life and so in every situation that we find ourselves in, then we should turn this whole thing around and seek to be principled via Jesus Christ.
The fruits of the Spirit are Love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance, against such there is no law. The devil might dream up his laws that would oppose all of these fruits of the Spirit and therefore the true principles of life being more Spirit rather than flesh. It’s through the Spirit of the principle that we get into Jesus and the spiritual realm and so in every situation where the principle comes up then we see what needs to be done, we see what is the right thing to do and the loving thing to do and so we should bridle ourselves; we tune into the fruits of the Spirit; the dictates of the situation might be that you need long-suffering so you tune into the spiritual long-suffering that comes from Jesus Christ! Jesus is the most long-suffering Person you could ever wish to meet and so if you combine your long-suffering efforts with His long-suffering Spirit then you will find your long-suffering efforts to be more rewarding because they bring you into His presence and into His Spirit and they bring you into the spiritual realm of the situation and you find yourself being lifted up by the experience and so people might sense your love which is actually His love and God willing, they would feel closer to Jesus through being closer to you and so more and more they would seek Jesus in you because they love being with you because being with you means that they are closer to Him because they can feel your spiritual love which is actually coming from Him.
This is the REAL battle of the Spirit, tuning into the principles that can only come from Jesus Christ and this is what opposes the devil the most, this is what he hates the most and that is Love because Love defeats him and exposes him for the liar that he really is and the unprincipled fool that he really is and so as St Paul says, we should put on the whole armour of God; a big part of the armour of God was the breastplate of righteousness or in other words, the breastplate of principles that come from Jesus Christ; spiritual principles that bring us into the spiritual presence of God and into the spiritual realm of every situation so if we all want a “spiritual high” then enter into this realm through the spiritual principles that come from Jesus Himself and use that principle to bring another human being into His Love – this is the REAL war and that is to PUT ON CHRIST and to PUT ON LOVE and not to throw it off as the devil would have us do. Praise Jesus for His LOVE!
Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane – Love suffereth long and is kind – put on LOVE – put on Jesus!