Ephesians 2:1-2 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience. ~ Before we are born again, all men are born under the law and government of the kingdom of darkness. This kingdom is ruled and influenced by the prince of the power of the air that influences the hearts and minds of the ungodly and disobedient. In this kingdom, men live after what they feel is right. Their decisions, beliefs, and convictions are not defined or governed by the absolutes of the Word of God but are based on experience gained through the five senses and the lust of the flesh, the lust of the mind, and the pride of life. While in this kingdom, people live after the flesh and live for the moment. They do what feels good and what will benefit them. This way of living leads to death and eternal separation from God.
When we are born again, we are translated out of the kingdom of darkness and brought into the Kingdom of God. This kingdom is governed by the absolute truth of God’s word. In this kingdom, man does not live after the flesh but through grace and the spirit, they mortify the deeds of the flesh so that the life of Christ might come forth in their lives. In this kingdom, man doesn’t walk by their own wisdom, their own experiences, or the lust of the flesh. In this kingdom, man is governed and led by the spirit of God. For us to thrive and experience the fullness of God’s plans and intentions for our lives, we have to learn how to live in the kingdom of God successfully. We have to retrain our flesh and our minds. We have to come to the understanding that we are no longer our own but have been bought with a price. We are to no longer lean to our own understanding but acknowledge him in all things and trust his spirit to lead us and guide us. We must refuse to live out of the old nature and how we lived under the influence of the kingdom of darkness but must choose to live according to the word of God and the direction of his spirit.