SPIRITUAL WARFARE FOR ALL CHRISTIANS
WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS IN CHRIST JESUS
The topic of Spiritual Warfare is avoided and not taught on much maybe because it is not one that we don’t feel comfortable with. However, for us as believers in Christ we are constantly faced by the enemy of our God who is also our enemy, satan and his demons who use the works of the flesh to get to us. (Hosea 4:6). The battle in the realm of the spirit is real and affects all of us whether we know it or not.
We must talk about Spiritual Warfare because it is important for us if are to be victorious in every battle. There is so much to uncover on the subject because it covers topics also on the gifts and ministries of the Holy Spirit and lot more. However, I have done my best to condense the subject and hopefully teach you and equip you in spiritual warfare as you walk each day with God.
1 John 4:1-7 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. 2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: 3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that [spirit] of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. 4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. 5 They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world, and the world heareth them. 6 We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.
I am led by the Spirit to share this with you as God is commanding us to pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5:17). And to pray fervently, prevailing prayers that move heaven and accomplish God’s divine purposes on earth (James 5:17/Mark 9:23-29). God is about to glorify the house of His glory (Isaiah 60:7/Isaiah 66:1-2) and visit the Body of Christ with a mighty move of His Spirit. For the King of Glory to enter into our midst we must first prepare the place of His habitation which is our hearts by fervent prayer, and with true worship (Ezekiel 11:19-20/Acts 2:1-3,16-18).
For us to be more than conquerors in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37-39) we must first understand our Authority in Christ. We must understand also that the battle is fought in the realm of the spirit but triggered by the things we do in the natural. By this I mean what you do and say in the natural affects the supernatural atmosphere over you. What you surround yourself with in the natural may leave open doors to the enemy to attack you. You must also understand the principles of the spirit and natural realm. What is created and executed in the spirit realm flows into the natural realm and is made manifest. If the enemy takes charge of the atmosphere over your life, you will soon realise so much struggle, distress and destruction is set on you in the attempt to destroy you.
HOW TO OVERCOME THE ENEMY!
Revelation 12:11 And they (the saints) overcame him (satan the accuser) by the Blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their Testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Hebrew 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
In The Blood of Jesus is our Victory. So we must meditate on the victory Christ won through His sacrifice and try to understand why He came and did what He did and what is our inheritance and authority in Him. This is a huge revelation and one which Christ wants us to know. It’s about us discovering our true identity in God and the purposes God has laid out for us through the infinite glories fulfilled in His Son Jesus Christ our Saviour and LORD. Declare the Blood of Jesus against the enemy in your prayer (warfare) as the Spirit leads you and also know that the enemy is rendered powerless at the declaration of the Name of Jesus (John 14:13-14) on our Lips and by the Blood of Jesus. The enemy will not stand to fight us but flee from the Blood Jesus that protects us, because the Blood of Christ testifies the Finished work of our Redemption and Newness in Christ. The enemy will also flee when the Name of Jesus is mentioned!
The Name of Jesus is above every other name and in His Name we have authority over all things:
Philippians 2:9-10 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth;
So, one key weapon for us to affect the realm of the spirit and to overcome the enemy is our words. Not just any words but the words of our TESTIMONY in CHRIST. Which means meditating upon what Christ has done for us is important in our growth towards victory and glory in Christ. Meditating upon God’s word is important to equip us against the enemy and to give success (Joshua 1:8-9). You see, if we do not know how to wield a sword or shoot our weapon against the enemy then we are ineffective in battle and thus our attempts to win the battle are in vain.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare [are] not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
For every soldier or warrior to go into battle he must first put on his battle armour. For us as believers in Christ we also have a spiritual armour which is more powerful than any-THE ARMOUR GOD!
Ephesians 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
God also sends His warring angels to help us in all that we face, and help bring us our victory over the enemy. The angels obey God’s Word, even the Word of God which we put on our lips in prayer, that we use boldly against our enemy. That is why the Word of God is mighty sword in our hands to defeat the enemy.
Psalms 103:19 The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. 20 Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. 21 Bless ye the LORD, all [ye] his hosts; [ye] ministers of his, that do his pleasure.
So what am I really pointing out to you? To be more than a conqueror in Christ and a mighty vessel for God you must understand what kind of weaponry you are equipped with and who’s on your side (GOD) and how big is the Army (angels) that supports you, and what assets (angels) it has to support you with. You must also study and learn and apply so that you may know how you can use your weaponry in any battle. And one key thing that every soldier knows that is crucial for victory is to KNOW YOUR ENEMY. If you can know how your enemy operates and where his preferred battle ground is (ie, the realm of the spirit) then you can defeat him. The devil doesn’t want you to know his tactics because if you did, you would expose him and stop him in his tracks and destroy the establishment of his kingdom and his plans.
Matthew 16:17-19 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed [it] unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
• “Keys” of the Kingdom of Heaven is the Word of God. Christ Jesus is the WORD
• You BIND with you WORDS, what kind of words? Words of the Kingdom, the word of God
• Likewise you loose with the WORD of God. To Curses the enemy is to bind him and to Loose is to bless others and yourself with your own confession. The word heaven in this context is the realm of the spirit.
• It was the CONFESSION (THE ROCK) that Peter made that Jesus was establishing His Church upon; the confession that Jesus is the Christ, the Anointed One of God.
• And the gates of hell shall not prevail against us because Christ is our confession. Hence, the WORD in our hearts and on our lips is key to how we defeat the enemy and put them to flight.
Now here’s another lesson you must also know. The spirit realm is the atmosphere over your life. For the spirit realm to be affected by you, you can only do this by the faith in your heart and by the words of your mouth. If the devil can stop you from knowing your authority and inheritance in Christ, and keep you blinded from the knowledge of Christ’s glory, then he has won his fight against you. Moreover, the enemy will not stop to rest until he has put an end to you (John 10:10). So we must be aggressive against him also.
THE ANOINTING IS GIVEN TO FULFILL GOD’S PURPOSES AND TO BREAK THE YOKE OF BONDAGE SET BY OUR ENEMY, THE DEVIL!
1 John 2:27 But the anointing which ye have received of him (Christ) abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him (Christ). (also John 14:26)
NEVER FIGHT ANY BATTLE ON YOUR OWN. BUT LET GOD FIGHT IT FOR YOU.
It is important that the HOLY SPIRIT LEAD YOU every step of the way.
2 Chronicles 20:14-25, Psalms 46:10-11, Psalms 24
SPIRITUAL WARFARE – PRAYING IN THE SPIRIT
The steps of battle-mode for us as Spirit-Filled children of God are stated below. These steps were taught to me by the Holy Spirit on the night that I received the Baptism of The Holy Ghost and Fire, and I have always walked in this revelation by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
Step 1. Set yourself right before the battle. Repent of your sins before the LORD and ask Him to cleanse you. Then Ask for forgiveness and also forgive those who have hurt you. Give not place to the devil. (Ephesians 4:27)
Step 2. Pray in the Spirit; Pray in tongues as the Spirit Leads you. You will need to pray in the Spirit/in tongues through the whole prayer as you prepare yourself for battle and to claim your victory.
Step 3. Plead the Blood of Jesus upon your life, your home your children, your family, your friends and anything specifically as the LORD leads you.
Step 4. Clothe yourself with the Armour of God and take up your Sword, the WORD OF GOD ready to defeat the enemy.
Step 5. Continue to pray in the Spirit. Let praise, worship and thanksgiving flow out of your mouth as you seek God’s face in your time of prayer. Praise and worship and praying in the Spirit is key to your victory in battle.
2 Chronicles 20:14-25, Psalms 24
Step 6. As you pray you will already be seeing things in the spirit realm as the Spirit leads you and your praying in tongues will sharpen you for every mighty blow to the enemy and allow the Holy Spirit to communicate fluently with you to direct you. The Holy Ghost will help you deal with anything specific by exposing them by the power of His Glorious light through the WORD OF GOD on your lips. Here, you take authority over the devils and cast them out, removing them to claim victory as you continue to pray in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit will help you through the battle every step of the way and show you what to do up to the end where your victory is complete in Christ.
1 John 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
PLACING THE WORD OF GOD ON YOUR MOUTH (Joshua 1:8-9)
Some effective words to use in your prayer would be like,
• “You spirit of _______ I command you in the name of Jesus to stop what you are doing and get out now and never return.”
• “I have victory in the Blood of Jesus and I am a child of God. You unclean spirit be gone in the name of Jesus and never return.”
• “Christ has already won the victory for me at the cross. You spirit of _____I bind you in the name of Jesus. I declare you powerless and defeated and your attempts to harm me are destroyed by the Power of Jesus. For I am more than a conqueror in Christ Jesus. So I take authority over you and command you to get out right now, out of my home and never return in the Name of Jesus.
NB: The main thing to remember is that the HOLY SPIRIT will give you every WORD to say, even in the very moment you need to say it. Only stay in the spirit by your prayer and worship, TRUST HIM and He will lead you all the way through it.
Step 7. Once the atmosphere is cleaned of all dark forces, God’s Spirit is then able to minister in this verified air of Heaven and you are then able to receive the fullness of what God is giving to you. Rejoice in the LORD for you have won the victory in Christ. Praise God with a Victory song, Raise up your banner of Victory and make your declaration of victory known in the realm of the spirit. Remember, your prayer must always flow as the Spirit of God leads you. This is where the FULNESS OF GOD”S PRESENCE IS MANIFESTED TO BLESS YOU SUPERNATURALLY!
Treat the enemy like an intruder and the Holy Spirit will give you a warrior like aggressiveness to deal with the devil and kick him out. Remember now, that we are fighting a spiritual battle so you if are going to defeat the enemy you must speak to him directly and remove him, Your SWORD to overcome him is the WORD OF GOD in YOUR MOUTH. Your victory is already won in Christ Jesus. By declaring boldly your victory in Christ you are simply putting the devil in his place and reminding him that he is defeated already.
Meditate on the scriptures and delve in a little bit more into the promises of God for you like Psalms 23, Psalms 24, Psalms 91, Romans 8:31-39 and many more that declare God’s supreme and divine protection and blessing on you and his love for you.
Nothing shall harm you, for Christ gives you authority over all evil Mark 16:16-18
The devils believe that there is ONE GOD and tremble with fear. So you have authority over them. James 2:19
All power is given unto Jesus in Heaven and in Earth Matthew 28:18
So if God be for us who can be against us Romans 8:31?
Jesus says, “I am with you always, even unto the end of the World, Amen! Matthew 28:20
KNOW YOUR IDENTITY IN CHRIST
Acts 19:13-16 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. 14 And there were seven sons of [one] Sceva, a Jew, [and] chief of the priests, which did so. 15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? 16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
Norman Sabadi written Wednesday 01 August 2012
Updated on Good Friday 29 March 2013