In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. 2 Corinthians 4:4
We need to be alert to the deceptive power of Satan which imitates the power of God.
We must be aware of spiritual wickedness in high places. When Apostle Paul speaks of "spiritual wickedness in high places", he is referring to wicked spirits who have infiltrated the power and religious systems of the world. Satan has organized his evil forces to imitate the organization of the true Church of God and has set himself up among the powers of this world. He has set up a form of worship in the spiritual "high places" of organized religion.
For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: (Colossians 1:16)
For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. (Jude 4).
Satan has imitators right in the Church who demonstrate power, but it is not God's power. The structure Satan has established in the high places of religion is based on imitation and deception.
We are told to present ourselves to God as a living sacrifice. This means we are to surrender in total allegiance to God.
Satan, being a false imitator, demands sacrifices also:
And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; (Ephesians 4:11)
Satan also has false prophets:
- Astrology and horoscope: Which use stars to predict events and give guidance.
- Readings of tea leaves, pictures, bumps on the head, palm of the hand and crystal balls. The formation of the tea leaves, lines in the human hand, crystal balls, and pictures are claimed to give guidance.
- Witchcraft: Using spells, potions, charms, rituals, seances, divinations, methods of chance, visions, drawings, and similar unscriptural methods to receive guidance.
But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. (Acts 1:8).
Satan also gives supernatural power and authority
The only authentic power comes from God!
God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God. (Psalm 62:11)