It didn’t take long before intense persecution arose in the early church, starting with the execution of Stephen, the first martyr. Then Saul, the terrorist from Tarsus, began ravaging the church. Phillip preached the gospel in Samaria and unclean spirits cried out. Later, Simon the magician tried to buy his way into favor with God and the apostles.


All of it was evidence that “we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places” (Ephesians 6:12).


See what’s happening in the heavenly places. The powers of darkness are as real as all that the naked eye sees. 

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“Every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good.”

Romans 8:28 MSG