Spiritual Warfare (Warfare for Warriors)
WARFARE FOR WARRIORS
Poem, Broken Chains, by Alex Grigg
CHAPTER 1. THE ORIGIN OF SATAN and HIS FALL
CHAPTER 2: SATAN’S MILITARY STRUCTURE CHAPTER 3: PERSONAL ATTACKS
CHAPTER 4: PRAYER WARFARE
CHAPTER 5: OUR SPIRITUAL ARMOUR,
WEAPONS & STRATEGIES
CHAPTER 6: JOSHUA & DAVID
CHAPTER 7: BREAKING FREE
CHAPTER 8: DELIVERANCE
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
REFERENCES & BIBLIOGRAPHY
From the education of Genesis to Revelation
I would rather dedicate my life to Christ instead of Satan
Because Jesus was without iniquity or blemish
And he said those who believed in Him would not perish
And thanks to His death and resurrection,
And His love and affection,
He has brought me into redemption,
So I no longer live in this deception,
Or demonic oppression.
His word is my weapon, His worship is my expression
God is my correction, and his light brings me protection
from these principalities and powers,
So He brings His rain and showers,
To pull down the Devil’s strongholds and towers.
I was full of hatred, bitterness and resentment
But now I’m full of peace, love and contentment
But I did have a heart full of pain and a head full of lies,
I was laughing on the surface, and crying in disguise,
All I could see in my eyes were death, sorrow, pain and cries,
I was familiar to each one of his cunning lies.
He pointed and laughed, and said I was a disgrace,
And then I got on my knees and prayed for grace,
And tears ran down my face,
I had chains around my arms and chains around my feet
He did have me, and lead me into deceit,
But it’s Jesus now I meet, and the Devil who I defeat
And it’s His love that I greet, so I fall at His feet.
Poem by Alex Grigg
As a child I was in the middle of spiritual warfare. My mother, Doreen Irvine, author of “From Witchcraft to Christ” became a Christian when I was 3 years old. From there on, battle commenced in my mother’s life and in the lives of her children and the whole family. As a very young child, I became physically paralysed when my mother was going through deliverance, which left me paralysed with fear about demons as an adult, until I was set free from that fear. After my mother’s conversion, she eventually became free from demonic possession after 9 months of deliverance; however other spiritual battles took place daily in the household and in our lives. I have lived spiritual warfare from a child into adulthood. I have learned that those who follow Christ are a called out, chosen people who will stand out as different and opposite to that the World and those who are still in the Kingdom of darkness, represent. Because we have Christ in us, his light, and because the darkness and light are opposed to one another, we will naturally encounter a battle, a warfare between darkness and light, which is spiritual warfare. But this darkness is not just an evil force, it has an origin and a personality behind it; Satan.
The minute we hand over our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ for Him to come and live within us, to rule and reign within, we enter into a new kingdom, the Kingdom of God and the enemy, Satan and his hoards, are opposed to the light and truth of God. Satan has his own Kingdom of darkness and the two Kingdoms are opposed to one another. We will see and encounter the darkness in this world, but we are to shine as lights and be as salt and light (Matt 5:13-16).
We need to know and recognize this fact: we are at war with darkness, and we need to recognize our enemy and know how to defend ourselves and know how to fight! It is essential that every Christian knows their enemy, knows his strategies and tactics, and knows how to use the spiritual weapons of warfare that the Lord has given us so that we may be soldiers who are able to “stand”, not loose ground and not be taken down by the enemy, but rather that we become soldiers who take back the ground from the enemy and take new ground! In this Manual I discuss the existence of Satan, his strategies and tactics, and how we can defend and wage spiritual warfare as Soldiers of the Cross, using the weapons of our warfare that are not human, but mighty in God. (2 Co 10:4)
The Lord has won the victory on the cross and through his shed blood. In the end we know his power, his influence will be destroyed in the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:10). However, not all know and experience God’s love and know the message of the gospel. The enemy is still fighting to keep, and to gain as many people, souls, for himself as possible, and he still wrestles with believers to keep them in defeat. The Bible makes this clear – in Ephesians 6:12 says: “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” But give glory to the Lord who has already won the battle, and has led his enemies out in a triumphant procession! Colossian 2:15 says, “Having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public special of them, triumphing over them by the cross.” Hallelujah!
We would urge students studying this course to watch all videos and listen to audios found in our links on:
The School of Deliverance, by Michael Bacon
Know Your Enemy, by the Fuel Project
Stay Free, by the Fuel Project
And Needless Casualties of War by John Paul Jackson.
Watching and listening to these teachings in addition to this course will really enhance your understanding of the subject-matter.
If you would like to complete the Certificate for Warfare for Warriors, send in your homework to me at:
Fill in the form below with your answers. Please number the answers and make everything clear.
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CHAPTER 1: THE ORIGIN OF SATAN and HIS FALL
As Christians we believe that God created the World, mankind, all living creatures, everything in this World and Universe (Genesis Chapters 1-2). We also believe God created the heavens and the heavenly beings, the angels. Colossians 1:16 says; “For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.”
Lucifer, now called Satan or the Devil, is a created being, therefore he is NOT equal with God nor is his power. We learn several things about Lucifer from Ezekiel 28:12-19 and Isaiah 14:12-17. This gives us a clear picture of Lucifer, before sin entered his heart, and he became known as Satan. He was a beautiful created angel, anointed as a guardian cherub, perfect in beauty and full of wisdom. He was placed by God to cover His throne. He was adorned with many precious stones. He was called the morning star, son of the dawn. He was on the holy mount of God and he was in Eden, the garden of God. He once held a high position in heaven with angels under his authority.
We are told in Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 that Satan was driven out of the heavenlies, (with a third of the angels), because sin entered his heart and he became corrupt with his own beauty and wisdom and pride. We read in Isaiah 14 that Satan wanted he wanted to raise himself above the stars of God, and worse, to make himself like the Most High.
Lucifer had a five-fold plan:
1. To ascend into heaven
Lucifer was already in heaven, BUT there are three levels of heaven. The earth’s atmosphere is the first heaven, the starry universe is the second heaven (where Satan, Principalities and Powers rule, and the abode of God, which is the third heaven.
2. To raise his throne above the stars
Lucifer wanted rulership above God’s creation and he wanted divine sovereignty. The ‘host of stars’ are referred to as the stars of God and the angels (Job 38:7); and the word ‘star’ is used as a reference to Jesus and his church (Numb 24:17 and Rev 1:16-20). Satan’s intension was to have supremacy over all the celestial creation (angels) by being like God and having his own throne, and to rule over mankind.
3. To sit enthroned on the mount of the assembly
In Psalm 48:1-2 we read, “Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. It is beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth. Like the utmost heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.” Lucifer wanted to rule the universe and all creation to worship him as well as God, in the city of God, Mount Zion. His ambition was to rule and to gain universal worship; to control the world’s religion. He is very religious, NOT holy, but he is religious and longs to be worshipped.
4. To ascend above the tops of the clouds
Lucifer wanted to share God’s glory and sit where God sits. In scriptures clouds are associated with God’s glory – we see the cloud that guided the Israelites through the wilderness in Exodus 16:10, and also the cloud that filled the temple (1 Kings 8:10-11), and in Mt 24:30 Jesus tells us he will return on the clouds of the sky with great power and glory. We see in the New Testament, that Jesus had a few personal encounters with Satan, in the wilderness and in the Garden. Scriptures says Jesus was tempted but did not enter into sin. We see in Matt 4:9 that again Satan tried to get Jesus to worship him. He wants worship, and he wants to rule, but not with justice, love or holiness. Satan still seeks glory for himself today, and he seeks our worship. He will divert and pervert worship so he gets glory, that is why Jesus said he seeks those who will worship him ‘in Spirit and in truth’ (John 4:24).
5. To make himself like the Most High
Lucifer’s full intension is revealed here: to be like God, to have his power and to be like Him in every way – he was not content with the honour already bestowed on him, he was jealous and wanted more. Sin had truly entered his heart. He was self-deceived and the originator of sin; he is a liar murderer (Jn 8:44); he traps and ensnares (Ps 91:3) he appears as an angel of light (2 Co 11:4) and he is a thief and destroyer (Jn 10:10) and the original anti-christ (2 The 2:7, Gen 3:1-6).
Lucifer had authority over a host of angels, probably a third, because we read in Revelation 12:4 that a third of the stars (angels) where flung to earth. Lucifer had influence and authority and he influenced these angels to rebel with him. We read in Revelation 12:7-9 that there was war in heaven. Lucifer and his angels battled against Michael and his angels, but Lucifer was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. Lucifer, or Satan was hurled to the earth and his angels with him.
Satanists teach that Lucifer (Satan) was wrongly ejected out of heaven. They teach that Satan was not created but that he is a god in his own right, and that he had a part in creation. They teach that Satan’s rebellion was justified because God would not share his power. They also teach that one day Satan will gain strength to regain his place in heaven by recruiting people on this earth to assist him and his angels. They have not believed the truth, but instead they believe the powerful delusion and lies because but chose wickedness (2 Th 2:11-12).
Although some of the angels that were thrown to the earth were bound in chains (2 Peter 2:4, Jude 6) not all of them were. Those who were not chained and bound became a demonic force or army working for and on behalf of Satan on the earth. These fallen angels became demons. They are referred to as deceiving spirits, principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, wicked spirits and demons and they have different levels of authority in Satan’s Kingdom. The Principalities, Powers and Rulers however, are a higher ranking demonic power who rule over the earlthy demons and who reside in the second heaven.
Jesus called Satan a thief, a liar and destroyer (Jn 10:10); so his mission now besides still trying to regain his ‘rightful place in heaven,’ is to steal, kill and destroy mankind. He is our enemy and we must recognize his strategies and tactics and know how to deal with him. But God is our Deliverer! He is our strength, our refuge, our fortress and Restorer. He will restore to us the things the enemy has stolen, and he restores us through salvation: he restores our bodies, minds, soul and spirit so we can live wholly and completely in Him: He came to give us life more abundantly!
For Journal (homework):
1. READ the chapter, write down any comments or questions, to share in the School or Church Group.
2. Read the excerpt below:
As I prayed for the church (in general ) during May 2011, I saw the big church buildings we have built, and the programs and religious systems, rising up into the sky (like the tower of Babel).... but they were black, blocking out the light.... they became a big facade, a camouflage, and like a fog, they blocked out the real Jesus. I saw these things acting as a barrier, they reflected the glory away from the Lord when people find Him.
I started praying and repenting for the church.... In the spirit I saw that the church in general, had become a tool in the enemy's hand.... and like Satan, who stated, "I will ascend into the heavens.... I will set my seat above the thrones of the stars... I will sit on mount Zion, I will be like the most high God...." and I saw how the church was doing the same thing.... the churches (leaders) were setting up their own kingdoms, their own thrones, trying to be the best, trying to show themselves to be like God, but in fact they had become like Satan, desiring the things he desires.... and I saw how the church had played into the enemy's hand, how we thought we building God's kingdom, whereas we were in fact assisting the enemy in building something counterfeit... we were building churches that do not represent God, nor reflect His image, but in fact, it reflected the image of the enemy in many ways. What the Lord requires is people who will build with Him, build His Kingdom, not their own kingdoms and empires.
Look at Satan’s five-fold plan to make himself equal to God, and even worse, usurp his position. Let the Lord examine your heart…. have you, in any way (past or present) desired for yourself and your ministry to ascend into a high place of authority or recognition, through public activities, church activities, or inter-church relationships? Allow the Holy Spirit to shine his light into your heart, and bring you to a place where you need to be with him.
Journal / record what the Lord reveals to you, for your own benefit.
3. Research: How did angels minister to mankind in the Bible? How do they minister to us today? Find out what you can about angels.
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CHAPTER 2: SATAN’S MILITARY STRUCTURE
Satan has an Army of demons with various levels of authority and levels of influence and wickedness (Matt 12:45). Some have little power and others a lot more, and some demons are named, such as the unclean spirits, or deaf and dumb spirits. Demons have the least power but there is an abundance of them – without them Satan cannot do his work. Demons are like the ‘Privates’ in an army. Demons don't actually have a shape or form because they are spirits, but can appear to us in different forms. In the spirit, or by discernment, these demons can look like little imps or little apes.
In Ephesians 6:12 Paul says: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against principalities, against authorities (Powers); against the rulers of darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
According to Ephesians 6:12, there are different levels of authority in Satan's kingdom:
The word ‘Principalities’ means beginning, government, or rule. This class of demons rule over Powers and other demons. Principalities can influence countries, regions, cities and churches. They are a governmental spirit and are the spiritual counterpart of archangels in heaven. Principalities can issue assignments and direct local spiritual warfare against a church, region, people etc. They are the origin and administrators of evil throughout any given area. Christians cannot cast out Principalities because they do not reside in a person or place, but dwell in heavenly places: however they can be ‘displaced’ by intercession and warfare, and by the power of Christ.
or Territorial Spirits
Satan has set up his chain of command - many people call them territorial spirits, which means that they are demon Powers that are located in specific areas, a warfare in the heavenlies. These demons operate on various levels which depend also on the area that they control; they also found in some of the smallest communities. Territorial spirits or Powers control cities, suburbs, states, countries and go all the way up to the Council of Wickedness at the top.
Powers work with Principalities but are in subjection to them. A Power is a major demonic spirit whose job it is to blanket a given area with its particular evil: they are called Powers because they are powers of darkness. Churches may have certain virtues such as love, joy or faith that positively influence and affect their area: Powers do the opposite, they affect or blanket an area or region or even a country in a negative way, such as with fear or depression or poverty. Christians can bind the Power over the area affected and cover people spiritually in the blood of Jesus. Again, Powers are not cast out, but rather displaced in the spirit realm through intercessory warfare.
World Rulers of Darkness
These are the higher level of demons who rule over Principalities and Powers and other demons. These demons are World Rulers or Princes of Darkness: their influence is world-wide.
In the book of Daniel, when he was praying, an angel came to see Him. Daniel 10: 12, 13: “Then he said to me, fear not, Daniel: for from the first day that you set your heart to understand and to chasten yourself before your God, your words were heard and I have come because of your words. But the Prince of the Kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty one days: but look, Michael, one of the archangels, came to help me and I remained there with the kings of Persia.” We can again overcome these rulers through intercessory prayer. Daniel’s answer came because he interceded and the Lord sent Michael the Archangel to fight against the Ruler.
Wickedness in High Places
There are different degrees of wickedness in demons and different degrees of influence and authority in where and how they operate. Some demons at a higher level will dwell in the high places and cause wickedness upon the earth.
The Council of Wickedness
Satan's kingdom is structured in a way that is similar to the Kingdom of God. He has set up the counterfeit of the trinity within the Council of Wickedness.
The Council of Wickedness is the highest level of authority in Satan’s kingdom. The Council of wickedness sits at the top rank, and is next in line below Satan. When Satan wants to plan an attack it goes through the Counsel first and this is Satan's government. From this Council comes all the orders to the demons and it goes down through the chain of command – from the Principalities and Powers and Rulers in the second heaven, to the demonic forces on the earth. Satan is not omnipresent, so he needs the demons at all levels to work on his behalf. Satan is the chief ruler of all the demonic forces and he rules them with a rod of iron. The demons must be controlled and dominated by Satan’s authority, and by fear and terror.
Satan has lots of weapons, tactics and strategies he will use to steal, kill and destroy our life (Jn 10:10). If we know and understand what these are we are in a better position to defend ourselves and fight back.
The World System
Satan has set up a world system and it is set up under these Princes of darkness. He uses the Rulers of darkness of this world, the Power demons and the Principality demons to do his work. Satan set up the political systems of the world. He has put people in power that he wants in to be in power and they will do his bidding.
Organisations like the Illuminate, Free-masonary, and other political powers and religious systems, are controlled by Satan and his hordes. Many are being manipulated and forced to tow the line with the “system” that Satan has set up in the world. However, God rises up Godly men and women to go into politics and we need be praying and interceding for them. Whilst we are to be subject and obedient to earthly rulers and authorities, we can also pray for the ungodly rulers and praying for wisdom and strength for those who are Godly and have been put in place by Him (Titus 3:1 & 1 Pt 2:13).
God’s prophets have the authority to pluck down and to build up; they have the authority in prayer to remove people (not Principalities) from power that are causing harm or evil and to put people in power through prayer - with the Prophetic key, they have authority to bring changes in government. Ephesians 1:21 says that Christ has been seated and the right hand in the heavenly realms and that He (Jesus) has been given a place far above all rule and authority, power and dominion in this age and the age to come. We can work together with Him in by praying for our governments and authorities and making prophetic decrees and declarations over the earth… these need to be in line with God’s will, purpose and plans for mankind – Jesus prayed, “Your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven,” (Matt 6:10).
Control through Religion
Remember that Satan is religious and loves to be worshipped. Satan has set up many diversions that deceive and confuse many. He has blinded the eyes of the non-believers. Satan controls through religions of the world, e.g. radical /extreme Muslims, or other dangerous religious and powerful churches, groups or sects. Satan also loves to control churches from the inside (often through Pastors/leaders), through religious spirits, controlling and manipulating spirits, greed and power spirits. Satan is the master of deception; many believers are being taught error, and many are not worshiping the true God but are going after false gods, or worshipping in a way that is not holy and true, in spirit or in truth.
In summary, Satan has an organised demonic army, that is highly structured, and is a counterfeit of God’s order. He seeks to gain control over our lives through the Principalites, Rulers of Darkness, Powers and Territorial spirits, the Council of Wickedness, and through the demons on the earth, through the world’s systems, through religions, and of course, through sin, sickness, poverty, political oppression, persecution, war and death. He however, is a defeated foe, and will one day be overthrown by the King of Kings.
For Journal (homework):
1. Write down any comments or questions concerning this chapter, to share in the School or Church Group.
2. Read and journal some of Jesus’ encounters with demons in the Gospels, New Testament, and how he dealt with them. Notice how Jesus used his authority, and notice how he treats people with respect. Is it right to accuse or blame others, or resort to abusive practices, (especially where children are concerned) such as hitting, shaking, shouting to try to exorcise a demon? Look at how Jesus did it. How does this differ to what you have known and experienced?
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CHAPTER 3: PERSONAL ATTACKS
The enemy also brings personal attacks in the form of fear, guilt, condemnation and self doubt, in our minds; he brings temptation and exposes our weakness, our flesh, and twists the Word of God, bringing people into spiritual and personal deception.
Fear is Satan’s greatest weapon and his number one attack on Christians. When he strikes fear your heart, it keeps you in submission to him, rather than to the Father. When fear gets in, it will immediately interfere with the flow of the anointing that comes out of you. We lose our power immediately when we succumb to fear. Fear is the force of the kingdom of darkness, just as love is the force of the kingdom of light. Fear will neutralise our love. Satan will try and attack our physical body with fear. What happens if we feel a pain in your chest? We get fearful! We think we might be having a heart attack. It is fear! Fear opens the door and Satan comes right on in. Fear in the key that fits in the lock and opens the door. He then gets his license to drive and torment you and bring curses and demons – to launch an all out attack upon you.
Satan is good at his job. He has been doing it for ages upon ages! Since the beginning of Time he has been on the job and he is trying to destroy the Word of God that is in you. However, when we are submitted to the Father, Satan has to flee. Through fear, Satan gets his license to torment us, but love is the force that drives out fear. When we receive God’s love and trust Him in our situation, He will drive out the fear. When we sense fear in ourselves, first we need to discern and acknowledge the source - who or where the thought is coming from? Then we need to confess and renounce fear and fearful thoughts, and tell the spirit of fear to leave. We can pray and ask God to bring me his peace and his love; this then enables us to face whatever it is we have to. We give Satan license (or a right) to come in and steal, kill, destroy, and cause havoc in my life when we sin and when we let fear into our lives. Sin is the door that he comes through when we give into temptation, and to remove his license we need to submit to God first, then repent of the sin (usually fear!) and renounce it, then Satan has to flee. When we submit, repent and renounce, we remove his license to destroy us or steal from us.
Guilt, Condemnation and Self-doubt
Satan's has strong weapons in his arsenal. If he can make you feel lower than a worm, and that you are a poor excuse for a Christian, he will: this is what Satan is best at - telling you lies to get you off the path the Lord is leading you. Satan knows that he can render you useless to the Kingdom of God if he gets you into guilt and condemnation.
Satan will put thoughts of self-doubt into your head also – thoughts like: “I cannot do this! I will never be good enough…. No one will believe me…. etc Satan will get us to doubt ourselves and God so that it paralyses us and stops us in our tracks, stops us moving forward and stops us stepping out in the first place.
The greatest challenges you will ever face in spiritual warfare is the battle that goes on in your own mind. If you can win the war that continues in your mind, then you can overcome anything! Although our thoughts are being renewed daily, our thoughts, feelings, attitudes and opinions need constant renewal, so that we do not allow him entry by agreeing with the thoughts he puts into our minds. If we yield our thoughts to the enemy, allow him entry, he will keep building on the ground we give him until we has build a stronghold. It is important to recognize the lies and twists of truth he tells us about God, ourselves or others, so that we do not give him a foothold, then he can come right in and take over. Proverbs 23:7 says “as a man thinks, so he is:” meaning we become how we think; our thoughts make up our personality and control how we respond.
There is a very powerful scripture that has become a tool against the enemy:
2 Corinthians 10:5 says: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ.”
We can take our thoughts captive! We can turn the weapon against Satan and overcome those thoughts - and this applies to thoughts of worry, fear, guilt and doubt. The Word says we overcome by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony! (Rev 12:11). If we want to overcome the attacks on our mind, then we need to voice those thoughts and come against them in the name of Jesus! When we do this, we will break free. So we do not need to struggle and feel condemned or a failure because we cannot control the thoughts of our mind. Romans 8:6 says, “The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace.”
We do not need to feel like we are failing God or that we are sinning; we can simply identify your attacker and turn the tables on him! We can overcome him and use the weapons God has given us: next time we are assailed with thoughts of anxiety and fear; we can speak out the Word and stand against them! If we feel a failure we can speak out the Word: “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Phil 4:13). If we are feeling condemned, we can speak out the Word: “Therefore, there is NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Rom 8:1). We therefore need to bring ourselves, our minds to the Lord and let Him renew our thinking, as it says in Rom 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Temptations and our weaknesses
Satan puts thoughts in the mind. Satan cannot read your mind, but he can put his thoughts there. He will tell what we are thinking by what we do. The Greek word for temptation is ‘testing’. Satan will put pressure on you. He will put us through test and trials and he will lie to us and tell us that it is God doing the testing! It is not God!!
Satan knows just how to find your weakness. If we have a weakness with lust, then we shouldn’t put it past him to send someone our way to tempt us. If we remain true and don't respond, then it will abort his plan but woe to us if we respond positively to the temptation because Satan now knows our weakness; every opportunity that he gets he will bring a temptation right to our door. Satan will zero in on our weakness - it might be anger or lying or it could be your family or your husband. The moment we fall for the temptation and give in we have let him in and Satan will use this against us until we rise up and overcome him.
Although Satan can not read our mind, he does work through your flesh. He knows all our weaknesses; the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life is where he begins to focus on. He can bring you to a place where he controls through your own sin.
There are two kinds of warfare when you are fighting the enemy or Satan: defensive and offensive. In defensive warfare, we never win the war or new ground, we just continuously hold the enemy off, and we keep what we already have. There is nothing wrong with keeping what we have because the Word says that Jesus has already won. He has already sunk the flag down and he says that all you need to do is keep it. We keep the ground by using our armour, described in Ephesians 6 : 13 & 14: “Therefore put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day and having done all, to stand…..Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth.”
Twists the Word
Satan will use the Word of God against us! He knows it from Genesis to Revelation in every translation, and he can quote verse for verse to us at the appropriate time. He will pull them out of context and say, “Hath not God said,” as he did it to Eve and he will do it to us. Satan even used the Word to tempt Jesus in the wilderness! He quoted Psalm 91:11-12 to tempt Jesus to throw himself down from the temple. He takes the Word, twists it to suit himself and to make temptation sound, feel and look good, then presents it to us. We need to be aware of this and counter-act it like Jesus did. Jesus recognised it as a test and quoted scripture back to him. If we are being tempted and we think there is justification for it, especially from the Word, we need to check it again! We need to check the Word hasn’t been twisted, taken out of context and the real meaning taken out.
Spiritual Deception and Personal Deceit
One of Satan’s schemes is to cause division, duplication and diversion and deception. When there is division in the body of Christ there is a gap in the wall, and Satan can get in! We are left defenseless. There are divisions among Christians, churches and denominations that cause us much harm as an effective witness in the world which holds us back in our walk with God. There are many diversions away from the truth both in doctrinal truth, in church life, in our personal lives. If we receive any form of new revelation, the Word of God does tell us to test the spirit or revelation or prophecy, to see if it truly comes from His Spirit. It is easy it is to fall into deception and we need to be discerning and realize where the thoughts, voice or revelations come from. We need discernment and wisdom, and we need to check things out with the Word of God.
Satan is a deceiver, coming as a roaring lion, often with fear, and coming as an angel of light bringing counterfeit revelation and deception. This not only applies to non-Christians being deceived into believing false teachings, or through false religions and cults and occult, it is far more subtle than that – Satan’s deceives and brings counterfeit revelations to believers, not just non-Christians.
Satan also brings counterfeit revelations through counterfeit religions that do not proclaim Jesus as the Christ, the Messiah, as the Lord and coming King and do not preach the free gift of salvation; there are many forms of cults and all forms of occult, Satanism, Witchcraft, Spiritualism, Islam, Freemasons and New Age religions, and other outward forms of ‘christian’ religion such as Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons, who are a diversion from the true and living God; away from Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life. They are false revelations of the true God, taking a false path, and teaching a false way to achieve eternal life.
But we also need to know and understand the difference between counterfeit revelation to Christians and the true Spirit of God. We may be seeking the Lord and suddenly we could have what you think is a marvelous revelation. A particular passage can come into our mind and into our heart and we will believe the whole thing. It can grab our attention and we think we have to do it right now - we just have to reveal it because God is telling us to do it. The revelation usually involves sorting the Church out or the Pastor or someone else in the church. We may feel that God has revealed this to us so you can get them sorted out. This is one of the tactics of Satan and how he uses people for his evil scheme. He even uses prophets of God, if they are not wise to his devices. Even a correct word given in the wrong spirit is deception, or a correct word given at the wrong time is deception. Often people bring a portion of truth in their revelation, but they have not seen the ‘whole picture’ in regards to what the balanced (not isolated) Word of God says, and in regards to what the Spirit is saying to the whole Body of Christ.
Not everyone who is a prophet or minister of God, ministers from a pure stream and it is so easy to fall into deception and believe what people say because of who they are. This is a big mistake! Everything needs to be weighed and tested. We will know if people and their ministry are genuine and of God, by the fruits of the Spirit they produce in their lives (especially love), not just their works or their words. We need to keep a pure stream
and that sometimes means going through the purifying fire – this is often painful, but is necessary in order to bring pure words and pure ministry.
Satan comes as a roaring lion (it is easier to stop and deal with this) but he comes as an angel of light – but this is the deception. He may bring counterfeit revelations, or half-truths, or twists of truths, and we can easily believe it because it looks and feels good, or right, so we would rather believe the lies than the truth – but this is far more dangerous, harder to recognize, and harder to admit that something could be wrong and needs examining and changing.
Although Satan cannot read your mind, he can often slip thoughts into your mind, often alongside, when the Holy Spirit is speaking, so discerning deception is necessary and we need to test the spirits, to see where they are coming from. If the revelation is pushy and emotionally charged, and things need to be done now, it is not God, because He is the gentle shepherd and he leads, not pushes. If the revelation or word brings fear or judgement, or condemnation, it is not God. His spirit is a spirit of love and He wants us to minister faith, hope and love. We need so much wisdom in how we minister and what we say, and most of all, to only minister faith, hope and love; all prophecy and revelation need to build up the Body of Christ, not destroy it.
All ministry needs to be done in the love. If the revelation causes us to exalt ourselves and our ministry rather than God and His kingdom, it is not God, because we are to be servants with servant heart’s first and foremost, we are to die to self, and exalt him only. If the revelation asks us to contradict something in the Word of God, but we excuse ourselves for good reasons, it is not God; Satan will twist the Word to make it suit himself or
suite me, but it will be a lie, not the full truth of the Word. Satan is the father of lies and cannot tell the truth, so whatever he says is lie. Ask and trust the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of truth, to lead you into truth.
Deception in the Church
Deception is deeply embedded in the church, so deeply that we cannot see it – but that is the nature of deception isn’t it? Satan can bring deception into the church by bringing false revelations into the church, or revelations that are only half-true; these revelations can bring people into bondage to the leaders, these revelations are harmful and misleading, causing believers to stumble and fall, which may include compliance and obedience to laws and rules and regulations, structures and systems, or to the preaching and teaching, or to direct or indirect instructions. Often this happens through leaders who spiritually abuse the flock, bringing fear, control, and unnatural reliance on themselves, that God never intended to exist or be in operation in his church. Jesus came to break us free from bondage, not to put another heavy yoke upon our shoulders.
Deception is buried, well hidden in our culture, traditions and practices and structures of the church. We have many churches that have become ‘professional’ like the churches at Sardis and Laodicea, found in Revelation chapter 3. Some churches have become a business organisation, filled with programmes for everything. These may have big improved buildings that that all the money goes to, to maintain the church and staff. They may sell many books, CD’s, DVD’s and hold many conferences they charge for. Their priority is to become affluent, influential and powerful and successful, under the guise of
Some churches have become one big programme; all the ministries are programmed, but somewhere amongst this, the heart of God is lost and the simple message of the cross is lost amongst many of the new and latest revelations. Beware of churches that are rich, over programmed and have lost the art of preaching the gospel, winning the lost, and reaching out the world. Beware of the church that has lost it’s vision and original commission. Without vision, the people perish. Without vision, we are spiritually blind. The enemy often blinds the eyes of the church, or narrows it down, so she can only see her own ministry, and not the big picture, the church worldwide and the lost.
There are many other deceptions in the church, in the way it operates, having great influence and prominence, but leaving behind the necessary and simple things Jesus taught us in the gospels. We need to also beware of the church that preach another gospel, rather than the pure, unadulterated gospel that Jesus and the Apostles taught. Many like to hear new revelations but some of these new revelations may not be from the Spirit of Jesus – some of what we hear is mixed with paganism, Hinduism, new ageism, extreme emphasis on holiness and purification or brokenness and separation, or extremism in any other form. We need to test the spirits to see if they are of God or not. We need watchmen on the walls of the church to alert us to enemy infiltration and to sound the alarm. Watch out for deception via new revelations. Test the spirits and weigh everything in balance with the Word of God.
We need to be aware of faulty leadership patterns within the church. When we have faulty leadership patterns, we have shaky foundations and shaky foundations leads to a shaky church. Our churches become weak when the leadership is all powerful. The aim of the five-fold ministry is to serve the church from the BOTTOM, not the top. Apostles and Prophets and Teachers are the foundations of the church and they are there to SERVE the church. The church is not here to serve the ministers or leaders – the ministers are to serve the church, to bring equip her and bring her to maturity and prepare her as the Bride, ready for Bridegroom. So when there is ‘top heavy’ leadership which is controlling rather than releasing, the pattern is wrong. Leaders serve, they shepherd, they guide, they teach, they mentor and train and equip, they raise spiritual children, they lay down their life for the sheep. There is the difference. If the leaders lead with servant hearts and lay down their life for the sheep then they are following the pattern Jesus laid out for us in John 10. If leaders and ministers are there to serve themselves, to control or force their standards, laws, regulations or anything else, then beware, it is a faulty foundation and the building will collapse.
Another area of deception in our churches is secret sin. We often find sin hidden in churches; they often involve feelings of shame, guilt and fear of being found out, then fear of being exposed and rejected. Most often secret sins involve financial affairs, such as debt and gambling, fraud or theft and lying, drink or drug addictions, sexual discretions such as unwed couples living together, addiction to pornography, homosexuality, love affairs, even prostitution. Sexual or physical abuse, emotional and spiritual abuse is often hidden in families, and also domestic violence.
Very often these things are not just in the congregation, but in the leadership – then we have a big problem. We have been instructed in the Word about holy living, and should no longer be conformed to the patterns, morals or behaviour of this world, but living a holy lifestyle in accordance with His Word. It is twice as difficult to deal with these problems when they are amongst the leaders as they are more accountable and they held as models to others.
If there is sin the Church, especially amongst the leaders or well-known public figures in ministry, then the Holy Spirit will be speaking to individuals about this, and if we do not repent, then we are getting even deeper into deception. Do not be deceived: He is a holy God and He will not overlook sin. However, He will discipline us by gently and lovingly calling us back to holiness again and again. If we acknowledge our sin and repent, we will be forgiven and restored. However, if we do not yield, He will expose the sin and He will need to deal with it publically, not with the intention of hurting us, but with the intention of sifting out sin, and to bring us back into alignment, agreement and submission to the Lord.
Another big issue that persists in the church is unforgiveness and bitterness in relationships, caused by hurt, both inside the church and outside of it. Many times the Gospels and Epistles speak to us about sorting out our relationships…. many times they speak about the need to forgive, love and honour others. It is hard one for us to grasp: forgiveness sets us free from the hurt, bitterness, hatred, anger and sting of the past.
Many broken and hurting marriages and broken children are hidden in churches also. We often overlook the problems, because we don’t want to see them or address these problems. It is absolutely necessary to address the brokenness in our families and attempt to bring peace and reconciliation to marriages and to hurting children, where possible. Broken and hurting marriages are often found at leadership level and the balance between ministry and home needs to be restored. Partners need each other. Children need their parents. We were created to live and be in families and not to destroy them. Where there is brokenness in homes, marriages and in our children and young people, let’s not pretend they are not there. Let’s not live in the deception that everything is OK or that it will all work itself out in the end. By then it could be too late: let’s work to heal the brokenness.
By now you will have understood that deception is not just something that happens in the world out there because they don’t know Jesus; we should have understood it happens right under our nose, in our own lives and amongst our own church family. Let’s work with the Holy Spirit and choose not to be blinkered when He convicts us or shows us something we don’t want to see. Let’s work with the Holy Spirit and let him bring those areas up to the surface, so he can cleanse, heal and restore us.
Witchcraft & Occult
Believe it or not, sometimes witchcraft or a form of it, operates in the church, and sometimes leaders are involved in some form of witchcraft. The spiritual witchcraft that Christians operate in, include: mind-control and power control over people’s lives, manipulation of people, power and money, spoken curses, jealousy, divisions and gossiping, rebellion and causing others to join in the rebellion – often causing discord, confusion, spreading lies and rumours against the leadership or others. Witchcraft can involve soulish prayers against others, secret meetings, secret motives, hidden agendas, or smooth words and lying prophecies, used to seduce others. All of this is the work of the enemy and is very harmful to the Body of Christ, causing many to fall away from the Church, because of the damage it does. These things need to be addressed with wisdom and love, but they need to be repented of and not be allowed to continue in the church, and as far as possible, we need bring peace and reconciliation between people, or leaders and people, or among the leadership – otherwise we are doing the work of the enemy, we become tools in his hands to damage and divide the Body of Christ.
Some people in our churches may have become involved in occult practices, including New Age practices, séances, palm reading, any form of divination, white or black witchcraft, voodoo, mediums and spiritists, paganism, Satanism, religious rituals that are occultish, spells or incantations or other forms of occult; however, these are all strictly forbidden by God for our own protection. See Leviticus 19:31, and Leviticus 20:6.
If we become involved in these things, we open doors into our own lives for evil spirits to attack or oppress and depress us, or make us ill, and leads to demonic influence and occupation in our lives. Many involved in these practices are deceived and believe they are channelling good spirits, or doing good for others, and that they have control over what they are doing – the fact is there are no good spirits, except the Holy Spirit, and these other spirits seek to control, manipulate and destroy. Traditional witchcraft also involves spells, incantations, curses, poisons, assignments, and it is rooted in fear, control and manipulation. Spells and powers other than from God are counterfeit of the true power and work of the Holy Spirit. If you, or anyone you know, has been involved in anything like this yourself, I strongly suggest you go through the 4 steps outlined in Chapter 8 , because you will need some form of deliverance. Please treat any individual who has been involved with great respect, consideration, kindness and love, BUT counsel them and warn them in love of their spiritual condition.
For Journal (homework):
1. Write down any comments or questions, to share in the School or Church Group.
2. Explain Satan’s disguise.
3. It is sometimes easier to know when others are in deception, than when we are ourselves. True or False?
4. Why is it sometimes hard to identify deception in oneself? Can you explain a time when you were under any deception and did not realize it.
5. Explain how guilt and condemnation are used by Satan, and tell how you would deal with this attack on yourself, and then how you would help someone else to overcome this attack from Satan.
6. Explain what a counterfeit revelation is? Give an example
7. What are the guidelines for testing the spirits?
8. What is the spiritual check you feel within you, and can you give an example of a personal experience?
9. This week, ask the Lord to reveal any deception in you, that could be going on in any aspect of your own life, or those that you have any dealings with, and journal it.
10. Explain witchcraft and occultism and why it is wrong. How should you handle someone who has been involved in these practices? REMEMBER, JESUS NEVER ABUSED ANYONE WHO HAD DEMONIC PROBLEMS.
CHAPTER 4: PRAYER WARFARE
In 2 Corinthians 2: 11, it says: “That Satan should take advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of what he has in mind.”
We have an unseen enemy and therefore we must understand a little of his warfare tactics to become successful and rise up as the Warriors that the Lord has called us to be. You see our enemy does not fight fair. Not only did he come to steal, kill and destroy us but he will often times come in the back door and we don't even know what hit us before we have fallen prey to his unfair tactics.
We are in spiritual warfare on this earth, and will be until He comes, or we go to be with Him. We signed up as a solider in the army when we gave our lives to Christ. A soldier’s job is to STAND and DEFEND what is rightfully his; but also to ATTACK and TAKE BACK the land that the enemy has stolen. John 10:10 says “the thief comes to steel, kill and destroy” and that is what is seeks to do in our lives, in our families, our communities, our churches, our world. We need to remain firm and stationary, endure, and to fight. A soldier is part of an army and is under the authority/command of his superiors because they know the enemies moves, and they have a battle-plan. We need to know our place in the army and to function in it to our fullest capacity, and we need to know our line of authority, because we are under their protection, and they guide us, protect us, direct us in this battle.
We must not only defend ourselves by using our spiritual armour (found in Eph 6:10-18) but in prayer, let the Lord show you his plan on how we will ATTACK (or take back what is rightfully ours). 1 Timothy 1:18 says, “Wage the good warfare”. The word WARFARE comes from the root word PAGA with means to: strike up against; to collide with; to be violent against. We can do this through warfare prayer and intercession, and in outreach ministries. Remember we do not fight with man’s weapons but with spiritual weapons and with the Armour of God.
So how can we wage war, and what against? As Christians we are called to, and instructed to pray. Prayer is firstly a relationship with God where we grow and mature in our walk with God, our faith, our understanding of the Word and in our daily living. Secondly, prayer is ministry and warfare. Prayer or intercession is often a hidden, but a very important ministry. God wants us to pray in faith and we need to be mature and be trained in prayer. Prayer changes people, situations, history, and moves the hand of God to heal, save and release His will and purpose.
Prayer has several elements: Firstly, it brings you into contact with the Father, and with the Holy Spirit, and with Jesus. You are praying TO the FATHER. You are praying IN the name of JESUS and you are praying THROUGH the power of the Holy Spirit. All three members of the Godhead are bought together in prayer.
Secondly, God is looking for prayer warriors (intercessors) as He Himself is a warrior. Exodus 15:3 says “The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is His name.” This is part of the nature of God we are not too familiar with – God’s people were in the Old Testament, e.g. Elijah challenged the prophets of Baal; David challenged Goliath, and we will become more familiar with the Warrior God during our century, as the time draws closer for Jesus to return. He is looking for a spotless bride and a mighty army that will carry the banner of his holiness and truth throughout the land (see Rev 19:11-14).
We need to be trained in using the weapons of our warfare: what are these weapons? The helmet of salvation, the breastplate of righteousness, the belt of truth, our feet shod with the gospel of peace, the sword of the spirit and the Shield of Faith, and EVERYTHING held together IN PRAYER (Ephesians 6:10-18).
As the Lord’s coming is drawing closer, the powers of the Prince of the Air (Satan) the spiritual wickedness, all kinds of demons are being pushed further and further down to this earth and we often recognize them.
We can pull down the
stronghold (in the human mind & body, not in the heavenlies) in
prayer and intercession. 2 Co 10:3-5 says: “For though we live
in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we
fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they
have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and
every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and
we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
Strongholds are walls, barriers that surround people, pulling them
back and stopping them being powerful in their walk and in their work
within the Kingdom. Strongholds RESTRICT movements. These walls can
be broken down in prayer. This is like having your hands tied behind
your back and being held in chains or held down within prison walls.
These walls are held together by VAIN IMAGINATIONS, which are lies and fears that we believe about ourselves or others and situations – so we need to take these thoughts CAPTIVE in prayer, by praying and proclaiming the truth from Scriptures, because fears and lies are the opposite of faith. We can ask God for a scripture and speak it into reality, pray it in reality, call things that are not forth, as though they are; and use the Word of God to release others and ourselves. Heb 4:12 says, God’s Word is sharper than a two edged sword - it cuts through, exposing the truth.
Luke 10:19 says: “I have given YOU authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome ALL the power of the enemy…” We therefore have authority over ALL the works of the enemy in our life, our family, our church, our city, and the world – everything present on the earth, ( but not everything in the heavens). Authority means: the right to command; to enforce rules; to give orders; holder of power; official permission to act on behalf of someone else. Mark 16:17 says “and these signs shall accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons……” and also John 14:12-14: “You shall ask anything in my name and I will do it.” We are empowered and commissioned to do the acts of Jesus –to carry out the great commission and we can damage Satan’s kingdom by breaking his power over people’s lives, communities and nations.
Warfare with Principalties, Powers, Rulers and Dominions
This is a WARNING: all spiritual intercession and prayer and spiritual warfare, concerning Principalities and Powers needs to be approached with great caution. Christians should not ‘come against’ them, bind them, or attempt to pull them down, because Christians have not been given authority to do bind or rule over these higher celestial beings that reside in the second heaven – we only have authority over the demons that reside on the earth and in people – these we can bind or cast out. Mankind was given authority over the earth, not the heavens. If Christians procede in binding or trying to cast down higher ranking demons - the Principalities, Powers, or Rulers, they open themselves up to severe back-lash and spiritual attack (because they have not operated in the right protocol and have overstepped their authority). Spiritual counter attack can include miscarriages, sickness, divisions in the family home and divisions in the church, and much more.
To address Principalities, Powers, Rulers over areas – firstly Christians need to be instructed by God that they need to do this. Secondly, they need to approach this in the correct manner. Only an army of believers/churches can displace a Ruling or higher ranking spirits; and not by casting them out or down, but by REPENTANCE from sin. Whatever the ruling spirit is, e.g. Immorality, drugs etc, then the Christians need to repent on behalf of the people for immorality and drugs, and ASK GOD to remove the curse, to displace the principality and to replace it with his holiness, and with his ruling angel. (John Paul Jackson, 2005).
Remember …. “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-15)
There are FOUR TYPES OF PRAYER to use in warfare: Praise, Penitence, Petition, and Proclamation.
Prayer of penitence
When we fail and commit sin, we simply need to ask for forgiveness. We need to keep a short account in our own personal lives, so that there is no spiritual barriers between ourselves and God, that can potentially block us hearing and receiving God’s grace, wisdom and counsel.
Penitence or Repentance is necessary in warfare, as discussed earlier. We need to repent of our own personal sin, any involvement in witchcraft or the occult. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 Jn 1:9)
Alongside this, we need to repent on behalf of our nation, our leaders, our cities and towns, so that God may hear us, forgive us and heal our land. True and humble repentance brings change in our hearts, our minds, our attitudes and actions, which moves the heart of God and changes atmosheres, situations and people’s lives. (2 Chronicles 7:13-15).
Prayer of Petition
Many times Jesus tells us to make our requests known to the Father, who will not give us a stone if we ask for bread, or a serpant if we ask for fish…. he gives us good gifts, and he knowns exactly what we need before we even ask him. He said, “ask that you will receive that your joy may be full” (Mark 11:24, John 16:24).
One imporant thing to note is this: we need to ask according to his will and purpose – we can do this by simply asking Him first what he wants to give us, what he wants to do? Then we pray in accordance with his plan and purpose, we come into agreement with him, and he will give us what we ask for. He will also supply our daily needs – our daily bread when we ask Him too. Petition prayers also includes: prayer in the Spirit or tongues, intercession and fasting. Our prayer life can go deeper and get stronger, depending on our desire and sacrifice. Jesus lives to make intercession for us, and the Holy Spirit wants to teach us how to pray; let us move on then, from soulish or selfish prayers to fervant prayer that can change people’s lives, and change nations.
When we come with our petition to the Father and say: “Father you promised in your word ……… and I stand in faith believing for the answer.” Satan may come along and say: “you are not healed, and you will die, or you are going to lose your job, etc.” When he does this we can turn the word of God back on him and say: “Father, I know I can stand on 1 Peter 2:24 which says: 'By your stripes I am healed’ – so I stand on it and I take it, because it is mine. In Jesus Name.” Satan's power is broken and he has to leave us alone!
Proclamation is when we take the Word of God in our mouth, and use the authority that God has placed in us, to declare the Kingdom come... “Let your Kingdom Come Lord, in earth as it is in heaven. Let your Kingdom come upon this lack in my life… of that person's lack; let your Kingdom come upon this situation in my life; let your Kingdom come upon my marriage.” When we speak it forth to the earth we proclaim it and decree it and it is a powerful word which will not return void.
Prayer in Tongues
In Acts 2 we see that the disciples were filled with the Spirit and began to speak in tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. We are encouraged in Eph 6:18 to “pray in the Spirit, with all kinds of prayers.” Tongues are an often misunderstood gift of the Holy Spirit. Many believe we do not need it, or it is not as important as prophecy or the others gifts mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12 and 14. Many are embarrassed about it. Many dismiss it and do not use this gift or allow it to operate within their church or fellowship
Tongues have a two-fold purpose: Firstly, tongues build up the believer (1 Co 14:4) and secondly, tongues have a prophetic element when interpreted. To be able to access this gift, like the other gifts, we need to be baptised in the Holy Spirit and power. This ‘baptism’ is for empowering our lives and is prevalent throughout the book of Acts and the New Testament. It empowered the Apostles to preach and do miracles. This power is still available to us TODAY. Once we have been baptised in the Holy Spirit, this gift of tongues is also available – for every believer who desires it and is not subject to the bible era only, nor age nor culture nor gender nor church nor religious background. Anyone who believes and wants it can receive it.
Tongues have positive impact and power: it makes you stronger in your inner man. It releases inner strength and develops your prayer life and builds up the believer. We need to exercise this gift, to develop it, so the gift becomes mature and more powerful in our lives and the lives of others. Prayer in the Spirit or tongues, releases the thoughts and feelings of your mind and soul, in a language beyond our own, at a level deeper than our minds; it by-passes our minds, so that our minds do not stop us praying in the Spirit, or becomes a barrier. Prayer in the Spirit releases the Holy Spirit to pray through us, as our intercessor. We do not understand (usually) what we are praying, but the Holy Spirit may impresses on our hearts and minds who to pray for and what. When we pray in this way, we release God’s power into action – on our behalf, and on behalf of the people or situations we are praying for.
Tongues and Interpretation has a prophetic element. In a public meeting Tongues can be spoken out, but it needs to interpret. It can be a message to individuals or to the whole body, and the message may be may be directional or exhortation and encouragement (1 Co 14:13, 27-28). The interpretation may not be a literal word for word interpretation, but rather a ‘meaning’ or general interpretation of the tongue. We can pray for an interpretation to a tongue we ourselves have brought and we can pray for an interpretation to tongues when we pray privately.
Prayer in the Spirit and tongues also becomes WARFARE PRAYER. When we unite against the works of the evil one in prayer, and pray into situations in intercession, we RELEASE those situations. Tongues IS for the church today, and our lives and churches need it MORE than ever, if we are to be powerful and effective in the Kingdom.
We pray and intercede when God puts a burden on our hearts, and because we are called to intercede on behalf of others. It is like a cycle. The needs, the things God wants us to pray for, starts in the heart of God the Father; he gives it to Jesus (our intercessor), Jesus gives it to the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit gives it to us, puts it on our hearts, then we give it back to the Father. That way we are participating in accomplishing the will of the Father, by praying in his will; and He answers our prayers because the burden came from God the Father in the first place.
During intercession we use the principle of binding and loosing, found in Matthew 18:18 to pull down strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4), and every kind of adversity or sickness or evil activity or anything that sets itself up against the kingdom of God. During intercession we pull down these strongholds.
When we intercede, we do this by working WITH the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is not looking for people to pray their prayer ‘lists’ and pray what we think they need, but to pray according to his leading for a person or situation. When we pray we need to release His Kingdom and His will into the situation. Mat 6:9-14 says: “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” – this is about letting the Kingdom rule and reign and
increase in our own life, and releasing God’s Kingdom rule and reign into the lives of others in prayer. It is praying ‘not my will but yours, I submit my will to yours’….
When we intercede we need to wait before the throne and hear what the Spirit is saying. Intercession brings REVELATION – you can hear the heart of God, and can be shown the deep rooted problems and ways to tackle them in prayer. You receive wisdom, compassion and revelation. You touch God’s throne on someone else’s behalf.
He will show you how to pray when you wait and listen. Listen - Does he want us to pray in tongues? Does he simply want us to ask and believe? Does he want us to break curses or bondages over and in someone’s life or situation? Does he want us loose and to release things into people’s live or situation? Does he want us to cancel any assignments and commissions sent against us or others? Does he want us to proclaim his Word and his truth over our lives and situations? Does he want to us make a prophetic decree? Proclaiming God’s word and truth and making decrees and proclamations is a powerful thing to do; when we release his word, it does not return void, (Isa 55:10-11). What we release on earth in prayer IS released in heaven (Matt 18:18).
The thing is we need to LISTEN and ONLY PRAY what he shows us to pray; then we will accomplish what the Spirit wants to do when we work co-operatively with Him. We will be entering spiritual warfare and releasing God’s will to the earth for people and situations.
In Rom 8:26-27 & 34, it says that the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us (Heb 7:25) with groanings – heart felt prayers from the pit of our stomach, which could also include praying in tongues, because this surpasses our minds, therefore we pray ‘in the Spirit’. He knows the mind and will of God, so He is able to make intercession for us and with us. So there is a cycle of prayer: firstly the burden is in the heart of God, he passes it Jesus
who intercedes on our behalf; He passes it to the Holy Spirit, who passes it to us – and when we intercede, we give it all back to Him. So when we intercede we are bearing one another’s burdens, and making supplication for others (1 Tim 2:1), but we are also praying according to His will and purpose, “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10) thus we are releasing God’s will on the earth.
When we intercede, we enter warfare against sin, sickness, circumstances, satanic activity etc on behalf of other people – remember not to try to enter warfare against Principalities, Rulers and Powers, they are only moved by God, through prayer and repentance. In Isaiash 58:6, 7 it says that God’s chosen fast is to loose the bonds of wickedness, undo heavy burdens, let the oppressed go free and break every yoke. To share bread with the hungry and poor, clothe the naked. When we intercede in warfare prayer (directly to God), we break the yoke of bondage, undo heavy burdens, loose the bonds of wickedness over people’s lives, and let the oppressed go free.
Intercession is a deeper level of prayer and is more powerful with more impact in your own life and the lives of others; and to intercede you need PASSION for those situations or people you are praying for. Intercession involves SACRIFICE: it COSTS – you may feel other people’s hurt and may cry, and it takes up your time. Intercession hurts; you may weep to battle through on behalf of others. Intercession is prayer warfare, when you are claiming back the lives of others for God. Watch for counter spiritual attacks - pray for one another and guard one another.
Before you intercede
Make sure your heart is clean, that there is no unconfessed sin, resentment, anger or unforgiveness in your heart – otherwise this will block the power of the spirit at work in your life and limit his ability to answer you whilst sin is blocking the way. Before you begin your session of intercession, pray and ask the Holy Spirit to direct your prayers – don’t just come with a list – but be willing to pray HOW he wants you to pray and for whom he wants you to pray and for as long as he wants you to pray. Then wait before God silently listening for his direction.
Whilst in intercession, in obedience and faith, pray for the things, or people, God brings to your mind – keep asking for direction – pray in the Spirit and in tongues & own language – make sure that what you are praying for is thoroughly covered in prayer, every aspect, before you move on to a new area, person or situation. During intercession, let God lead and speak – often the Holy Spirit will give you revelation about the situation and how to pray, or what will take place, when he does, deal aggressively with the enemy in warfare prayer - come against him in the name of Jesus and with the Sword of the Spirit – God’s Word. When God ceases to bring things or people to your mind in prayer, thank him for what He has done and IS DOING.
We need to keep humble - especially if you have received revelation. Pride comes before a fall! We also need to be wise and careful about what you share with whom – timing etc, IF YOU NEED TO SHARE IT AT ALL! We also need to keep prayerful and close to God – you may experience spiritual counter attack! You may feel depressed, anxious or circumstances may work against you. Ask for prayer covering and remember you are soldiers in a spiritual battle. Remember to resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).
FASTING means to with-hold food and/or drink from your body (intentionally) in order to be more sensitive to God – you deny your flesh – there is less concentration on the body and more concentration on the spirit.
There are at least 3 types of fast:
1. Absolute – meaning no food (solid or liquid) and no water. This is the “Esther” fast for three days only. The Apostle Paul also fasted for three days with no food or drink, after his conversion (Acts 9:8, 9)
2. Normal – abstaining from all food (solid and liquid) but NOT water. (You cannot survive more than 3 days without water, but can go on for 40 days or more, with water). Jesus ate nothing in the wilderness, during his temptation for 40 days (Luke 4:2)
3. Partial – Abstaining from selected foods and drinks, but not complete abstinence from all foods and drinks (e.g. juice diet). Daniel refused to eat the king’s delicacies and wine (Daniel 1:8).
Motives: What should our motives be to fast? We need a sincere desire to communicate with God, and we see in Matthew 6:17,18 & Matt 17:21 that we should fast privately, not for public reward or honour, and we can intercession for a specific need for yourself or others. Godly motives are spoken about in *Isaiah 58:6,7 : fasting and prayer against injustice,
oppression, poverty and for the needy. Prayer and action go together. We are called to fast for spiritual purposes in secret.
In Joel 1:14 & Joel 2:12 we also see the disciples had been fasting, and this was connected to God’s commission to Saul & Barnabus, to serve, they were asked to ‘set aside for ministry’ after fasting – was this an answer to prayer?
If our desire is to hear from God when fasting, then we need to know how and when he has spoken to us: through scripture, sermons and teaching, quite times, and other people. We can look for a theme – look for what God is saying in answer to your prayers and questions during fasting.
Finishing the fast
We will know when to finish the fast because we will sense the burden has been lifted, or circumstances have changed that you were praying for, or there is an answer to your prayers. Fasting is also of warfare. You show your sincerity by fasting and you don’t give in. You battle against the flesh and the devil. You press in to receive your answers either for yourself or for others.
PRAYER, all types prayer and fasting, is warfare. Our warfare is spiritual and our weapons are not human. Prayer is warfare because we are not using human weapons but spiritual ones. When we pray we go to him to gain wisdom and strategies against our enemy and to help us to stand; and he guides us and delivers us when we call on him and seek His face.
For Journal (homework):
1. Read the chapter and note any comments or questions, to take to class or church group.
2. Has your authority in Christ ever been tested? Have you ever been faced with a demonic opponent that seemed bigger than you?
3. How did you overcome this, and how has this event strengthened you?
4. Give a brief summary of the 4 P’s of prayer and how we pray in this way.
5. If you have not received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, or the gift of tongues, pray, simply ask and believe, and start speaking out in tongues regularly as part of your prayer life. Tongues are a powerful tool in prayer.
6. Intercede for your nation and for the Church in the nation, using the Principals of the 4 P’s, and principals of intercession. Journal what happens this week and the things the Lord reveals to you. Share them in School.
7. Give a summary of all you learned in this lesson. Mention in particular your view of your authority in Christ after this chapter.
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CHAPTER 5: OUR SPIRITUAL ARMOUR, WEAPONS & STRATEGIES
In 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 it says: “For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
We must know our opponent - and we need to use defense and attack. Ephesians 6: 14-18: “Stand therefore, having your loins girded about with truth, and having on the breast plate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all taking the shield of faith with which you shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the (Rhema) word of God: Praying at all times with all kinds of prayer and supplication in the Spirit and remaining alert in it with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.”
Know your position
We need to come to the place where we know our position in Christ. We need to let the Word of God fill your hearts and so saturate us that we know what we know, because we know. He is the word! Jesus is the Word. If we are fearful and stand trembling before the enemy we must let the truth of God's Word set us free. We have been given weapons of warfare for a reason.
We are in position because Christ earned it for us, and in Christ that is where we stand. Yes, the enemy will attack us. We are wrestling against principalities and powers and rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places. We have been given the FULL ARMOUR OF GOD (Eph 6:10-18) as our protection, to help us to STAND against the enemy (our defensive position) and to help us to fight back using the Sword of the Spirit (our offensive position) against personal attack.
The Helmet of Salvation (Eph 6:17)
The Helmet of Salvation is our protection from the onslaught of lies, deceit, and temptation that Satan will send our way to steer us off course and lead us away from the Father and from the truth. The mind is a battlefield, the place where Satan places his thoughts into ours, a place where he seeks to pull us down and defeat us and to build strongholds in our mind and life. We are admonished to guard our thoughts, to renew our mind (Rom 12:1), to take our thoughts captive and bring them into obedience to Christ (2 Co 10:5), to let the peace of God dwell in our mind and thoughts (Phil 4:6-7) and to think on the things that are holy, pure, lovely and right (Phil 4:8). Our helmet of Salvation is our protection. Not only does it guard us from harmful thoughts, but we are to actively participate in renewing our minds and putting the right information and thoughts into our minds. To do this we need to screen out the ‘old’ the ways of the world, and to have the mind of Christ (1 Co 2:14-16 ). We will only obtain the mind of Christ by spending time with him and by reading his Word and letting it renew our thinking and our spirits, which is an ongoing process, life-changing experience and not a one-off experience on the day we receive our Salvation. We need to put the helmet on and keep it on – always!
Breastplate of Righteousness (Eph 6:14)
Jesus Christ is our breastplate of righteousness. We can never be righteous on our own, no matter how hard we try, we never reach the mark of his righteousness, his holiness. That’s why Jesus came – to destroy the works of the evil one (1 Jn 3:7-8), to take our sin, to become our sacrifice so we may know Him and eternal life. He became the sacrificial lamb, the only one without sin who took our place on the cross. He became our righteousness. Now, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour we take on his righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:21 says: “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” It is His Righteousness. We put on his robe of righteousness. So when Satan the accuser comes and to us and accuses us of sin, that we did this or that, we don't need to argue with him or agree with him; we can tell him to look to Calvary and see Jesus’ blood, because that is the price for our sin. We now stand righteous before God - we can't earn it, but because of the shed blood of the Lamb we now stand righteous. That is our breastplate. We stand righteous because of Him and for no other reason.
He is a holy God and he comes to live within us, and he changes us from the inside out. He wants us to be holy as he is holy (1 Pt 1:15-16). He calls us to live a holy and righteous life, and we can do this when we put off our old life, and submit our lives and our will to Him and choose to live and walk the way he walked. It is a lifestyle and walk that we choose and take up and follow from the day we commit our lives to Him until the day we go to be with Him.
The Belt of Truth (Eph 6:14)
Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life ( Jn 14:6), and the Holy Spirit leads us into ALL truth (Jn 14:17 & Jn 16:13). God cannot Lie! Satan however, is a liar and the father of lies (Jn 8:44). Satan may lie to us and tell us that we have cancer and we are going to die. He may tell us that we are going to lose our job or our position at church, etc. He has many lies to tell us to try and produce fear in us.
When we listen to him and believe him we become full of fear, and fear produces a crop of death. When we believe his lies we place ourselves in a very vulnerable position. The good news is that we can refuse to accept his lies. When Satan sends his thoughts, we can then choose to resist him; we can tell him to go, and that we are not going to believe his lies. When we resist him and believe the Word of God, Satan will flee, and faith will be produced (Jm 4:7).
We need to know the truth that sets us free (Jn 8:32), and to walk and live in the truth daily. We need to keep our eyes focused on Him and His Word and NOT be deceived by the enemy’s lies, or by subtle deceit in our own beliefs, or in our lifestyle thus becoming self-deceived. Because the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth, we need to be sensitive, and choose to listen to Him, not ignoring His word to our spirits and mind. He can and will speak the truth into our situations, it is then our decision to walk in the truth and to obey Him. It is important that we do not surrender to lies or deceit, this will give the devil a foothold, and our lives and minds can be double-minded and live in tension and contradiction with the holiness and truth He requires us to live in. Truth is so much more than telling the truth. We find the truth in the Word of God, the Holy Bible. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. Truth is the essence of God's being. What is truth? God's Word and what God's has to say!
The Shield of Faith (Eph 6:16)
God requires us to have faith. Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Faith is trust in the living God and faith is an action. We need to exercise our faith in order for it to grow and in order for us to see God break through our difficult situations.
This shield of Faith is given to us as a defensive weapon which will quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. All of the things that Satan blasts at us, we can quench with faith: we can protect ourselves and render all his flaming arrows of fear, doubt, and unbelief harmless and useless. Satan will shake our faith in any way he can. Faith says, “I believe what God says.” Satan may tell you that you are going to die, but you can fire back at him and blast him with “By His stripes I am Healed; even if I die I'm going straight to heaven.”
Our shield of faith is also trust – trust in a faithful God who will not let us down; He is our shield and our defender. He will be faithful to us and hear our prayers and He will help us through every situation if we call on Him and trust Him. Hebrews 11:6 says, “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” With God nothing is impossible. Faith in God is a mighty weapon against the enemy.
Sword of the Spirit
The Word is the Sword of the Lord and helps us in Warfare: We need God’s Word to help us FIGHT it is our offensive and defensive weapon. In Ephesians 6:17 it says: “Take the helmet of Salvation AND THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT which is the Word of God”; and Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to diving soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”’ We use the Sword of the Spirit to fight attacks on our minds, spirit and body, and to release others who are bound by spirits. The Sword of the Spirit is God’s rhema word; what God is saying and doing at this particular time and in this situation – used with God’s written or Logos Word, we have a double-edged sword.
In 1 Samuel 17 we read the story of David and Goliath. Besides a stone and a sling, David took and used spiritual weapons; he used the sword of the Spirit to fight Goliath, not Saul’s sword; the Sword of the Spirit is God’s Word, and in this case it was a rhema word. God’s Spirit was upon David and he was not afraid to confront the enemy. As Goliath made his verbal threats, but David proclaimed a word of God in faith – he used the Sword in his mouth. He said, “You come against me with the sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel” (1 Sam 17:45). The sword of God in his mouth proclaimed the name of the Lord God almighty – He is mighty in battle. In verse 47 David says, “it is not by sword (of man) or spear that the Lord saves, for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.” David said it: it is not human weapons, swords that win the battle, but the sword of the Lord, or the Sword of the Spirit spoken forth.
God has put a weapon in our hands, the Sword of the Spirit, to FIGHT and DEFEND ourselves when Satan comes against us to attacks – Jesus used the Word to combat Satan when he was being tempted by the devil, he said, “IF you are the son of God, tell these stones to become bread” …. Jesus replied with the Word as his Sword: “man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mat 4:3-4) … he used the word as a weapon.
When Satan tells you are “NOT WORTHY”, or that you are “NO GOOD, NO-ONE WILL LOVE YOU or WANT YOU” don’t believe him and don’t agree with him, instead, speak the Word of truth: “I am new creation”, “I am made worthy in God’s eyes”, “I am loved and accepted by God”…. If Satan tells you that you are going to be a big failure and you’ll never make it, use your sword and say “I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me”. Remember, “the weapons of your warfare ARE NOT HUMAN, but mighty in God to pulling down strongholds…” Strongholds of Satan’s lies to your mind, strongholds of fear and unbelief he plants in your spirit – you can defend yourself and pull them down, and you can FIGHT TOGETHER – ask others to stand with you and pray with you when the battle gets hot.
You can also use the SWORD of the Word of God to GO ON THE ATTACK, to take back the things Satan has stolen from you, and from others. God’s Word can SET PEOPLE FREE from sin, fear, chains that bind. Jn 8:32 says: “You shall know the truth and the truth WILL set you free,” and verse 36 says: “So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed”. We can set people free from demons that bind people by a word of Command and by the Word of God. Jesus said, “but if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the Kingdom of God has come to you” (Luke 11:20) God’s word is powerful – demons don’t like it because they know that God’s Word holds power and they know the person behind the Word; they know he will accomplish and fulfil every word He has spoken; if they know this, then
surely we should too? We need to believe Him. He says he wants to set us free by His Word… we just need to be willing to LET HIM! We can use the Word when we tell others about God (wisely), when we pray for others, and in intercessory prayer. His Word is powerful and will accomplish its purpose and plan.
Feet Shod with the Gospel of Peace (Eph 6:15)
In Paul’s day, soldiers marched everywhere, and marched into battle. The enemy used to put obstacles in the way, on the road to hurt their enemy’s feet, such as traps and sharp sticks which were hidden in the ground, to impede the armies approaching. The soldiers needed to have their feet properly shod, covered, so their feet were not injured and they were not prevented from marching forwards.
The enemy will seek to do this to us today; he will put obstacles in our way to hurt our feet, so that we do not march forward, taking the gospel of peace. We need to be aware of obstacles, be prepared for them, but not let them stop us moving forwards. We need to be prepared for the march, for the journey, prepared in heart and mind to bring the good news of the gospel to the lost. We need to be prepared to go where he tells us to go, and do what he wants us to do, and take the pure message and truth of the gospel with us. When we take the message of the gospel, we can expect to see signs and wonders; we can expect to see the sick healed, and demons cast out. Jesus said, “As you go, preach this message: The Kingdom of heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give” (Matt 10:7-8). We can march forward with our feet shod with the gospel of peace, knowing that the message we have sets people free, and that the Holy Spirit will work with us, with signs following.
Prayer, Praise and Worship: Offensive Warfare
Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for the all the saints.”
Prayer is an essential tool and weapon in warfare. It is not mentioned as being part of the Armour of God, but prayer is mentioned directly and in conjunction with the armour, and is an integral part of keeping on the Armour of God and walking in faith.
Not only is prayer (petition, proclamation etc) and tongues and intercession, and fasting a very effective tool in warfare, but so is praise and worship. It is one of our weapons of warfare. Satan hates it when we praise God, because he wants praise and worship himself. Prayer, praise and worship are a powerful weapon in our hands because it ushers in the presence of the Lord and brings unity to the Body of Christ.
The Most powerful thing about intercession, praise and worship is that it is spiritual warfare. We become open to the moving of the Holy Spirit, we sense things by the Spirit, such as the presence of angels and/or demons; we may be see them or feel them, and we will know that it is warfare. God’s Spirit gives us discernment and revelation about situations and people, and we can know how to target the difficulties and situations we are facing because God reveals to us how we should pray, or that we should praise and proclaim the victory in this situation. In prayer, worship, praise and intercession we need to be listening to the voice of God, letting him speak to us through the Gifts of the Spirit and in our inner spirit – through this the Holy Spirit gives us strategies in prayer and worship for warfare, e.g. he may tell us to bind spirits operating in people, or to loose something, to claim back ground by consecration, to proclaim or to decree – whatever He tell us we need to listen and follow his direction, we are doing spiritual warfare and we are working with the Holy Spirit rather than trying to do battle on our own. We need to listen the Holy Spirit and follow his plan, that way we know the battles will be won.
Name of Jesus
The name of Jesus is not mentioned in Ephesians 6 as part of the Armour of God, however, it is a Sword in our hand, an offensive weapon, liken to the Sword of the Spirit.
We carry the authority and have the privilege of using the name of Jesus. We have this because we are in the name, and the name is in us. We bear that name. Spiritually our name is ‘Jesus’ because He is in us and we are in him. We have the right to act in His name. When we go forth in His authority and in His power, the devil sees Jesus. We need to honour the name of Jesus and use it honourably; not for our own personal gain, but for His honour.
The name of Jesus is actually our greatest weapon. As Philippians 2: 9-10 says, “At the Name of Jesus every knee shall bow.” This is the first weapon we can learn to use. Let this truth begin to set us free. There is power in the name of Jesus. His name is one of those keys of authority and a weapon in our hands. Phil 2:9-11 says, “Wherefore God has highly exalted Him and given Him a NAME which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in the earth, and things under the earth, and that EVERY tongue confess that Jesus is Lord, to the glory of the Father.”
A NAME HAS AUTHORITY. The Queen has authority. The President has authority. The Queen is the figurehead of the British government. On her behalf and the law, many are brought to trial and justice. Her head is printed on our coins and notes. She has the final say on laws passing through our government. Her name is her STAMP OF AUTHORITY. So it is with Jesus’ name. At HIS NAME every knee must bow, in heaven, on earth and under the earth – kings, governments, nations, angels, spiritual forces and Satan himself. HIS NAME REPRESENTS HIS AUTHORITY and his GODHEAD. His name represents WHO HE IS and what he has done at Calvary. HE HAS NOW GIVEN US THE KEY OF HIS NAME.
He said: “ask ANYTHING in my name, and I will do it.” Jesus said, in His name we can heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, perform miracles, and set captives free… because of His power and his life within us. We carry and use the name of Jesus. This does not mean we can use his name as a magical formula to get what we want – no we use his name when we are praying according to his will, according to what the Holy Spirit is showing you, according to the Word, then we WILL BE granted out requests. We only use the name of Jesus in prayer to FURTHER THE KINGDOM OF GOD, or for our needs.
Let me give some examples: Peter (the Apostle) said to the lame man, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST of Nazareth, walk.” (Acts 3:6) In his name a man was healed. Healed has been purchased for us at Calvary and we have been empowered to heal in HIS name.
In 1 Sam 17:45 we read that David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with the sword, spear and javelin, but I come against you IN THE NAME OF THE LORD ALMIGHTY.” David triumphed over Goliath with a sling, a stone, without a human sword, but the Sword of the Lord/Sword of the Spirit and WITH THE AUTHORITY OF THE NAME OF THE LORD. God had given us authority to use the NAME OF JESUS to accomplish in prayer, the things that the Spirit is showing us, to SLAY GIANTS of fear, temptation, evil, rebellion, AND to drive out the enemy. David faced the giant in the name of the Lord – so can we!
The Blood of the Lamb
The blood of the Lamb is not mentioned in Ephesians 6 as part of the armour, however, we also have the blood of the lamb as a defensive weapon. Revelation 12:11 says: “And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and by means of the word of their testimony; and they did not love their lives even if it led to death.”
We are covered by the blood. The Blood of the Lamb purchased our redemption. The Blood has cleansed us from sins that are past, present and future. Satan cannot cross the bloodline it is illegal for him to do so. Remember how the Israelites painted the blood on the lintels of the doors? When the death angel passed over they were safe because of the blood. The death angel had no authority to enter in that door, because of the blood. That is how we overcome by the blood of the Lamb. Satan hates the blood. The blood of the Lamb defeated him.
The Holy Spirit our Helper
The Holy Spirit has more power than every demon force: His power is so much greater and more powerful than the highest level of evil in the kingdom of darkness. He is greater than all the demons in hell. Satan may come as a roaring lion – but he isn't the Lion – only Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and He reigns forevermore. The Holy Spirit is our counsellor and helper and He will teach us ALL things (Jn 14:17, 26). He can teach us how to do warfare, and He will lead the battle if we ask Him too, allow Him too, and do the things he shows us.
For Journal (homework):
1. Note any comments or questions, to take to School or Church Group.
2. Explain briefly how each part of the armour of God works, and how YOU can use the armour effectively in your life.
3. Explain how praise and worship is your offensive weapon.
4. Explain the authority you have in the name of Jesus.
5. Document the results of the following project, mentioning in particular:
a. How much time you spent memorizing the scriptures.
b. The change you felt in your authority.
c. How you got to use these scriptures practically in facing the enemy this week on behalf of yourself or on the behalf of others.
Take the following scriptures this week and mediate on them. Get them deep into your spirit. Learn what your position is in Christ and build your faith, so that the next time you come to intercession you will have more authority and power to speak forth liberty on the lives of others.
Memorize at least 5 of these scriptures which will build your faith concerning your authority in Christ. Then journal your experiences and any struggles you had with this project.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give to you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the [dynamic] power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
1 John 3:8 He that commits sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Isaiah 59:19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD [Yahweh] from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy attacks like a flood, he will be put to flight by the Spirit of the LORD [Yahweh].
Mark 16:17 And these signs shall follow those that believe; In my name they shall cast out demons; they shall speak with new tongues; 18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and by means of the word of their testimony; and they did not love their [psuche] lives even if it led to death.
1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.
Colossians 2:15 [And] having spoiled principalities and authorities, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of [things] in heaven, and [things] in earth, and [things] under the earth; 11 And [that] every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ [is] Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
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CHAPTER 6: JOSHUA & DAVID
(God’s Blueprints and Battle Plans)
THE STORY OF JOSHUA
In Joshua 1, we see that Joshua was Moses assistant-apprentice. He was mentored by Moses! And it took many years of serving under him and besides him before he took on the role of leader. Joshua was appointed by God .... he was chosen beforehand... in Duet 31:7-8 the Lord chose Joshua to succeed Moses; and Duet 34:9: “Now Joshua, son of Nun, was filled with the spirit of wisdom because Moses had laid his hands on him.” He was already chosen and appointed – but Moses had to pass on his anointing and authority by laying on of hands.
Joshua is commissioned by God, after Moses death to carry out the task of leading his people into Canna. The Lord was carrying out his promises and plans through a man – Joshua, so he made sure he succeeded! In chapter 1:3 it says, “I will give you every place you put your foot, as I promised to Moses.” And in verse 5, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.” And verses 6 & 7, “Be strong and courageous......”
Joshua needed courage to carry out this task – he might have compared himself to Moses and felt inadequate – but God promises to fulfil everything through Joshua and be with him, like Moses. See verse 9.... “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Joshua must have been terrified for the Lord to repeat this 3 times! In chapter 1 verses 7-8 God warns Joshua to follow his blue prints, the law of Moses, then he would be prosperous and successful. Joshua then (from verse 10) started to give commands and the people obeyed and respected his authority.
God’s strategies and battle plans
In Joshua chapter 2 we see that he sent 2 spies to look over the land, especially Jericho. Rehab protected the 2 spies and she became part of God’s plan to deliver Jericho into the Israelites hands. God used a woman who was a prostitute. God chooses and uses people with willing hearts, despite their background! He will choose and use people who are ready, available and listening! This may seem very strange to us, but His ways are higher than our ways.... his thoughts are higher than our thoughts.... God knows what He is doing and when we follow his plans, it always works.
In chapters 3 & 4 we see the Israelites preparing to cross the river Jordan, before they can take the land. To cross the river, they had to put their faith and knowledge of God into action. The river was in flood at that time of year – harvest (v15). They had to go and stand in the river first (v8) then the Israelites crossed over on dry ground! 40,000 men!
The Ark of the Covenant went before them. The Ark contained the 10 commandments given by Moses and represented the presence of God among the Israelites. The Ark went ahead of the Israelites (v11). He MUST be leading the way, not us. We need to follow the cloud, fire, ark, voice, and not our own ways – then we are favoured, blessed and prosper. We can do NOTHING without his presence!!! Don’t even try it – you can drown in the river!!! (Duet 4:10-13).
The Ark went in FIRST (that’s the presence of God) and stood in the middle of the river with the PRIESTS and remained there until ALL had crossed over. We need to make sure we remain in his presence! We need to welcome His presence and allow Him freedom. The power, the miracle of the River was in the presence of God. God did this to show the nations/people his power and might (v24).
We see in Joshua 5, that this plan worked! The other nations and kings hearts sank when they heard what happened, how God had helped the Israelites, and they had crossed the River Jordan, and they did not have the courage to face them!
After this, Joshua commanded that all the men be circumcised. This is a painful process for a man! Circumcision, cutting away of the flesh, is a painful process. We need to make our flesh and our Will obey the Lord, and we need to be master over it. Physically and spiritually cutting away the flesh is painful. We want our needs met NOW! This is the flesh. We are asked to lay down our flesh, to die to it, so Christ can live in us and through us without the flesh being in the way. The Lord circumcises our hearts, making it holy and ready for use. Without his holiness working in us, we do things in the flesh and it does not bring glory to the Lord. When this process had been completed, the Angel of the Lord came to Joshua and he was asked to take off his shoes, for the ground he was standing on was holy ground. Shoes carry dirt on the soles – sometimes we carry dirt on us by walking in the world, and this needs cleansing on a daily basis. We need to acknowledge ourselves, our state, and His holiness when we are in His presence, and worship Him in spirit and truth.
Blueprints for the battle
In Joshua chapter 6, we see that the Lord gives Joshua some battle plans and blueprints/strategies to win the battle of Jericho (verses 3-5). He instructed Joshua to march around the city, blow trumpets, and give a loud shout! The plans seem very strange! These are not man’s plans, but God’s! His ways are above our ways! Joshua laid aside his flesh, his way of doing things, and did them God’s way (that took courage). The Ark (of God’s Presence) went around the walls of Jericho! They carried out God’s instructions as he said, and they did not change them or add to them, or take away from them, but obeyed as instructed. Then when the walls fell, they went in and took the whole city.
Joshua was deceived by his neighbouring country, the Gibeonites! They went out to make a treaty with the Israelites so that their cities/country would not be destroyed. But as you read the story you see that Joshua was deceived into believing they were from a far off country. But Joshua and the leaders did not enquire of the Lord...(Josh 9:14) so they were deceived and made a treaty with them. Three days afterwards Joshua and the Israelites heard that they were neighbours.... but because of the treaty and oath taken, Joshua did not destroy them, but rather made them servants, wood cutters and water carriers for the Israelites. Doesn’t this teach us a lesson? How many times do we think we have it right? In this case, they did not follow the Lord’s blueprint and could not fully inhabit that part of the land because the Gibeonites lived there. They did not ENQUIRE and LISTEN. To follow God’s blueprints we MUST ENQUIRE and LISTEN, and FOLLOW THROUGH whatever the Lord says.... or we loose out!
In chapter 10, we see Joshua in full battle with the five kings who joined forces against him. In the natural, they didn’t have a chance against 5 other kingdoms.... in the supernatural, or with God all things are possible! The Lord said to Joshua (v8) “Do not be afraid of them; I have given them into your hand. Not one of them will be able to withstand you.” Again, we see the Lord gave Joshua battle plans.... this time he was to march all night from Gilgal and take them by surprise. The Lord did the work... he threw his enemies into confusion... Israel pursued them and killed them as they fled away, and hail stones killed those who got away! The sun stood still until all the armies were defeated! Because they followed His blueprints, The Lord’s instructions, the Lord fought for them – “If God be for us, who can be against us?” (Rom 8:31)
We see from this chapter that to be a leader in God’s army and in his Kingdom, we have to be prepared to be WARRIORS and we have to do SPIRITUAL WARFARE whenever we are thrown into battle or whenever the Holy Spirit shows us – no matter how tough it gets we need to keep going and He will defend us and defeat the enemy.
We have to PREPARE for battle, and prepare for the fight, prepare to be strong and courageous and also be prepared for some casualties, and lovingly restore them. Jesus came to destroy the works of the evil one. They were destroyed on the cross, but we need to work with Him to fight the daily battles we face and on behalf of those who are bound, lost and broken and need you to fight for them. Remember that the weapons of our warfare are NOT HUMAN, but MIGHTY IN GOD to the pulling down of strongholds (2 Cor 10:4)
In chapter 11, we see that Joshua was totally obedient to the Lord – all He said, Joshua did, and so he gained God’s favour. This is what the Lord requires of us – radical obedience! How can the Lord entrust us with a task, a responsibility or a commission, if we are not prepared to carry it out as he asked us? Will He give us more if we are not willing to do what he says?
It’s like the parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25... if we invest wisely and do things the way He tells us to, all will go well and our Talents will increase, we will be given more and have an abundance (Matt 25:29)... if we do not, and we hide away from them or bury them... they will be taken away.... and we will not be entrusted with more (unless we repent). Because Joshua listened and obeyed God and Moses (his mentor/trainer), he took the whole land.
In John 14:15 it says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command.” The Lord wants us to obey Him from a heart of love, rather than forced obedience. If we obey because we love him, even if we don’t understand, this pleases God; and when we obey him he calls us His friends. Obedience leads to friendship, and friendship leads to a greater revelation of God (Jn 15:14-15).
In Joshua 18:3 Joshua said to the Israelites; “how long will you wait before you begin to take possession of the land the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you?” The Israelites had defeated their enemies but not taken possession! Joshua instructed them to make a survey of the land, go and see it, map it out, describe it, so it could be allotted according to the inheritance of each tribe.
What does this teach us? Firstly, once we have won the battle, have we taken possession of the land the Lord has given us? Or are we too timid? Why do we wait when the Lord says, ‘it’s yours!’ The mapping comes after the spiritual battle has been won. We need to go and survey the land.... see what is out there, see what’s needed, go and pray over the land - map the land. You can divide up areas so all areas are covered and there is a full inheritance. Cities and towns were allocated to the Israelites in Chapters 20-21. So in the Spirit we can claim God’s Word for towns and cities, we can consecreate them to the Lord, and we can proclaim the Kingdom of God over them. In chapter 21:43-45 we read that the Israelites took possession of all the land – not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord handed all their enemies over to them! Not one of all God’s promises to the house of Israel failed; everyone was fulfilled. So the Lord says to us... “what kind of God am I, that I will not fulfil my word to you?” Go and Consecrate the ground! “... Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name...” Claim John 14:16 for yourself!
THE STORY OF DAVID
Appointed and Anointed
In 1 Samuel 16:1-13 we read the story of the Prophet Samuel anointing David, the shepherd boy, to be King. He was not chosen by looks but by heart attitude. He was appointed and anointed to be King, but David was also a prophet. Before David was appointed he was trained directly by the Lord. His time tending sheep was his training ground!
Prophets are watchmen, worshippers, intercessors and often musical/psalmists, leading others in worship, into the very presence of God, and prophets are also warriors in spiritual warfare. In chapter 16:18 we see that David was all of these. He was a warrior and an armour bearer. He also proclaimed/spoke forth God’s Word in the face of the enemy (1 Sam 17:45-47).
In Chapter 17 we read the story of David and Goliath and how David killed the giant. Goliath is a picture of Satan. Goliath was tall, powerful, boastful and an intimidator. He threatened the Israelites, putting fear in their hearts, like Satan does. But David saw Goliath as he really was. He saw and knew who God was. He saw this situation through God’s eyes and he was not afraid to confront the enemy nor intimidated by his threats. He had God’s Spirit on him and was bold. It says in 1 Samuel 16:13 after Samuel anointed David, from that day on, the Spirit of the Lord came upon David in power. So David offered to go and fight with Goliath.
David was not put off by those who didn’t believe in him (his brother Eliab), who were jealous and angry because David was anointed by Samuel, not Eliab. David did not listen to the voice of accusation, doubt and unbelief (which is Satan’s job) but instead he listened to the Spirit of the Lord stirring within him.
Don’t listen to Satan’s lies and accusations – he will do ANYTHING to discourage you and stop you. Listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit – he will lead and guide you into all truth. King Saul also tried (initially) to discourage David, because he was only a boy. But he was not just a boy (Paul told Timothy not to let anyone despise his youth) but a boy trained by God’s hand out in the field – he was trained in his own home ground to be the warrior God called him to be. He trained him to do battle with the lion and the bear and David won those victories.
God will train us where we are, especially Prophets and Apostles, in the situation we are in, often without others knowing, in obscurity. He didn’t train David on the battlefield with his brothers – he trained him on the field, out of sight and knowledge of others.
In Psalm 144:1 it says; “Praise be to the Lord my Rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle.” Our training is sometimes hidden – God doesn’t always train us in the traditional ways! For example, when we intercede and worship we are engaged in spiritual battle, warrior battling.... it is hidden from the sight of others. Let God train your heart and your hands so you are prepared for the battle. Train to use the armour of God effectively (Ephesians 6).
Armour and Weapons
Saul tried to dress David in his own armour, but it didn’t fit and didn’t work for David. What armour are we dressed in? Are we dressed in our own works? or in someone else’s works or ministry? or in our own ministry? Do we hide behind the armour, but the armour doesn’t fit and doesn’t work for us because it is the wrong armour? We need to put on HIS armour! The armour of God that fits us, that is useable, workable, applicable. His armour is not visible – like David’s. David took off Saul’s armour, but he clothed himself in the power of God. We need to be anointed by God and to clothe ourselves in his power and learn to use the armour and the weapons he has put in our hands – weapons of prayer, weapons of the Sword of the Lord – the Word of God. Faith is our weapon and shield. Truth is our weapon. Salvation is our helmet and our feet are the gospel of truth. Our feet tread on Holy Ground and also on the serpent’s head, crushing the enemy under our feet as we proclaim the gospel of truth. These are the weapons he puts in our hands and we must learn to use them. These are the weapons of our warfare, that are not human but mighty in God to the pulling down of strongholds! (2 Cor 10:4-5) Our weapons pull down giants, demolish strongholds, arguments, and pretensions.
David put down Saul’s sword, even his weapons, but he took up new weapons that look foolish to man. He took 5 stones and a sling, and put them in his shepherd’s bag. David used what he knew worked. How can some stones and a sling kill a giant you ask? David used the weapons and training the Lord had given him out on the fields as a shepherd boy. Gideon took only 300 men, jars and torches to defeat the Midianites. Joshua took priests with trumpets, The Ark of Covenant and the Israelites and marched around the walls of Jericho. How foolish in the world’s eyes! God doesn’t need our human weapons and strategies, he has His own, and they work!
God has put some chosen powerful weapons in our hands, and the Sword of the Spirit is the most powerful. Let’s learn to use this weapon because it divides between joint and marrow... it is a powerful doubled edged sword when his Word is spoken forth, it WILL accomplish that which it was sent forth to do.
So David stood before this giant and although he insulted him and intimidated him and cursed him, he did not move. He knew the power of God. So David spoke forth, proclaimed the Word of the God. He used the unseen Sword in his mouth. He said (1 Sam 17 v45) “you come against me with the sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel.” This is our weapon, our Sword, the Word of God spoken out in proclamation. The Sword of God in David’s mouth proclaimed in His name, is mighty – He is mighty in battle. The Lord is a Warrior. In Psalm 24:8 it says, “Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. Lift up your heads, O you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty – he is the King of glory.”
In verse 1 Samuel 17 verse 47 David went on to say, “.....it not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” David said it. It is NOT human weapons or swords that win battles. The battle is the Lord’s. But David used the Sword of the Word, and the name of the Lord – he spoke it forth out of his heart and out of his mouth and so it came to pass.
We can speak forth the Word of the Lord. First it must be in our hearts. We must know His Word and what He is saying in this situation. When we know His Word and it is in our hearts, then at the right time, we release those words of proclamation and truth into the earth... into the heaven’s, as David did, and it shall come to pass.
For example: As a pastor I
may have a situation of discord and in-house fighting in my church.
So I intercede, pray in tongues and I seek the Lord first – I ask,
“What is happening Father? Show me what is happening so I may pray
and I may handle this situation with your wisdom, your power and your
authority.” So as I seek His face and His Word on the situation,
the shows me a spirit of strife and a spirit of jealousy, and he
shows me the wounds within the people concerned and how through their
wounds, their insecurities and sin, they have opened up the door to
allow strife and jealousy and discord into the house and family of
So what do I do now? I ask the Father again to lead me. Then he may show me to pray and ask God to bind up the spirits of jealousy and strife and discord in prayer and to silence all accusing spirits working in the lives of the people concerned … I may be shown to cancel assignments and commissions against the people concerned, the leadership, the church, or something else; so I ask God to cancel and break these assignments. .... then I ask the Holy Spirit to be loosed in this situation, releasing the Spirit of peace, of love, and of wisdom into this situation and I pray God’s peace into their hearts. I pray for the Spirit of revelation and repentance to speak into their hearts to show them their sin so they may put right their hearts before God and before each other. I release reconciliation and love and brotherhood between them. I pray for healing of their wounds.... etc “
I then ask the Holy Spirit, “what do you want me to do next? Do I visit them and offer to listen and pray for them? or do I wait for them to come to me? I seek wisdom. God may give me a word of wisdom for them: but I wait and listen and I do what He tells me, when he tells me.
This is spiritual warfare,
using the weapons he gives me. I use the Word of God (the Sword) to
bind up the enemy in prayer, and to loose the Spirit of God into the
situation. I use the shield of faith, believing His Word will be
accomplished. I speak the Word of truth into the situation (belt of
truth) and I speak peace into the situation (shoes of the gospel of
peace); then I wait. The battle has been fought in the heavens with
the enemy, His word has been released to the earth... and I did it
all privately, out of sight of others, and without their knowledge
(unless I ask others to pray with me).
Can you see the pattern? David used spiritual weapons with Goliath – he used the Sword of the Word of God and the name of the Lord. When we stand in a spiritual battle with the enemy we need to use these same weapons.
So David took the stone out of his bag (the weapon) and he slung it at the giant and it hit him on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead and he fell face down on the ground (v49)..... “So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him” (v50). You see, the Word of God, IF aimed correctly , it will kill the giant, it will disable him and stop him in his tracks.
David then took Goliath’s sword to cut off his head... he didn’t need to do that, Goliath was already dead! He did it to show the Philistines that the God of Israel had defeated them! They had the victory! He made a public statement.... just like it says in Colossians 2:15: “and having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.”
So Jesus has triumphed! We have something to shout about! He has won the victory! We can now go in and take back the things he has stolen from us. Just as the Israelite army went after the Philistines when David won the victory.... the Israelites wiped out their army and plundered their camp. We no longer need to be intimidated by giants. We no longer need to let the enemy hold us captive or plunder our camp.
We can be like David. We may be trained on the field, over-looked by others and by family and clans, BUT we are being trained by Him. We may be small and young before Goliath – but we have the Spirit of God within us, like David, who is mighty in battle. What weapons do you have in your hands? Let’s take up the weapons of our warfare, the weapons in Ephesians 6, and use them skilfully and prayerfully in every spiritual battle we encounter. Amen!
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CHAPTER 7: BREAKING FREE
In 1 Samuel 22:1-5 we read that David stayed in the stronghold (in the cave of Adullum) whilst hiding from Saul, who was trying to kill him. A Stronghold is a place we hide, or build around ourselves to protect ourselves from danger or harm, and to bring us comfort. A Stronghold is part of our mind and lives that we have given over; it can be any habit, our thought life e.g pornography, or behaviour that we do not have full control over in our lives, eg smoking, drinking, compulsive disorders, eating disorders, lying, fantasy, anything we cannot stop of our own accord ....it is a Stronghold; it is so strong we cannot break free from it and it has also become a comfort so we often don’t want to break free because we feel we couldn’t cope without it. This is a false comfort.
Strongholds can have advantages and disadvantages. The advantage of a stronghold is that it can be a place of refuge, hiding, safety, especially when others join you in that stronghold as they did with David. In this place it was hard for others to find him or attack David; he was hidden and protected. The Stronghold offered a temporary covering and feeling of (false) security.
However, the disadvantage was that David was a sitting target – sitting targets are easier to hit and to flush out, especially is supplies etc are cut off. Moving targets are much harder to hit, but they are more exposed and easier to surround. It is not good to lock yourself into a stronghold, because you imprison yourself. What was or is a place of safety for you becomes a snare to you. You cannot live your life in hiding, running, or blaming others – it is better for you to come out and face the problem!
You trap yourself in the Stronghold – you think you are in control, but actually, you are not, your enemy (Satan) is, and he has got you right where he wants you to be. If we have any sort of Stronghold, eg gambling etc, the Stronghold can become your security and comfort for a short while. You may even invite friends into your Stronghold, and they join you in it - like David’s friends who became an army, and they joined him in his Stronghold. But they are just as trapped as you are. You soon realize how trapped you are when you try to escape from the Stronghold, but you can’t get free. You can’t break out and you don’t know where to go if you did get out, and then you feel you are in danger of being caught by your enemy.
It’s like having your hands tied behind your back. Your legs are tied together and you have a wall built around you. You didn’t realize you were bound until you tried to break free. You thought the walls would protect you, but instead, they trapped you. So now you need to break out....
Broken Down Walls
Once I stood behind a wall, a wall of sin and shame,
The wall was high and ugly, and each brick had a name,
Bricks of hate and anger, bricks of fear and doubt,
Rebellion, pride and thousands more, that shut the sunlight out.
Each time I tried to scale it to rid me of my fears,
More bricks of disappointment, dashed hopes and bitter tears,
The wall closed in around me and quickly it became,
A prison-house, a dungeon, with ball and lock and chain.
Then into that dark dungeon this glorious message came,
That Jesus really loved me and died to bear my shame,
The cruel nails that pierced him, each thorn that made his crown,
Each stripe he bore to save me, and break the sin-walls down.
I cried “dear Lord forgive me, I give my heart to thee,
O wash me, cleanse me, heal me, set this poor prisoner free,”
A radiant light from heaven, broke through the prison wall,
He snapped the chains and whispered, “I forgive you all.”
He chased away the darkness, he cast out all my fears,
With his gentle nailed-scared hands, he dried those bitter tears,
There is no condemnation, he bought me with his blood,
My sins are gone forever, beneath that crimson flood.
Now different walls surround me, of holy fire and love,
For Jesus is my fortress, he guards me from above,
He is my sure foundation, my strong chief cornerstone,
His light and love will guide me and lead me safely home.
POEM by Doreen Irvine
Help and Hope
There is help and hope if you are stuck behind a wall, stuck in a Stronghold. There is a Rescuer, a Deliverer – Jesus. He will not only help you get out, but will lead you out and away from the Stronghold to another place – a place of freedom.
In 1 Samuel 22:5 we read that the Prophet Gad told David not to stay in the Stronghold, but to go to the land of Judah. So David, hearing the word of the Prophet left the Stronghold. The word of the Lord to you, is to come out of your Stronghold, and come under His protection. He will release you from the things that have bound you and imprisoned you and He will restore you with his Word, with his love and by his shed blood. He has given us weapons to the fight the enemy: In 2 Corinthians 10:4 it says; “the weapons we fight with are not the weapons of this world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.”
We can demolish the strongholds firstly by acknowledging and confessing the sin and issues that have bound us, even if it has become a comfort zone. Sin needs to be confessed and nailed to the cross, and the effects of the sin needs to be broken over our lives in prayer. We need to recognize how much it has it hurt us, bound us and marred us. Then you need to renounce the Stronghold (by name) and ALL its associations and effects, and break agreement with them, in prayer. Then the Lord will break us free from the Stronghold, and to reveal to us the truth of the freedom he has bought us into. He will hold our hand and guide us out..... If other Christians are available to pray with us, then all the better, they can pray and break off the power of the Stronghold in agreement with you.
We can then tell the enemy, the habit, the problem and the spirit behind the Stronghold, to leave and to loose you. “Whatever is bound on earth is bound in heaven.... whatever is LOOSED on earth is LOOSED in heaven” (Matt 18:18). Once we have confessed and renounced the Stronghold, it’s sin and it’s power and it’s effects , we need to ask the Holy Spirit to show us the effects of the action we have just taken…. to reveal the truth to us; we can be fully released by telling the enemy (Satan) to loose us from..... (name the thing that has bound us) then we can walk forwards in our freedom. But make sure we walk towards the light; walk towards Jesus, who is able to hold us and keep us safe in Him. We proclaim our freedom in Jesus and continue to loose ourselves from any of the effects this Stronghold has had on us.... just like Jesus told the disciples to loose Lazarus when he was raised from the dead – he was wrapped in grave clothes – don’t stay wrapped in grave clothes or bondages, but loose yourself by the power of Jesus. We then need to ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to us the truth of what we have just done (what has been broken over our lives) and declare the truth … we need to see it for ourselves and fully embrace it.
Where there has been a stronghold, we need to replace whatever it with the truth found in God’s Word, eg if we were bound to drink, we mediate on scriptures that encourage us not to get drunk, but to be filled with the Holy Spirit, etc, because after we have taken to the steps to loose ourselves from the stronghold, we need to be renewing our mind and our lifestyles, transforming it with Word, and this is something we need to do daily so we do not slip back into bondage. If we do not replace the bad habbits or strongholds with things that are Godly and pure, the spirit can return with 7 more demons – the situation becomes even worse, like a fortified storghold or city – even so, nothing is too hard for the Lord !
If we find yourself under a curse it is like a motor boat that is in the water. Our engine is going at full speed - we put the throttle out, but the boat is still tied to the bank and we can't go anywhere, are all tied up and going nowhere.
Sometimes things seem to go repeatedly wrong in our lives; we may experience a succession of one particular thing that keeps going wrong, eg it could be financial difficulties that keep plaguing your life, or health issues, or relationship issues etc - or it may not be just one thing, but many things going wrong, often all happening at the same time. Sometimes this can be coincidental, but if there is a repeated pattern throughout your life or throughout a particular area of life, it is possible that there is a curse that needs dealing with.
If you look at families you will see certain sins, weaknesses and even diseases that go down the generations. The experts will try to tell us that it is a genetic or social weakness passed down through our family line – but it is not in your genes, in your spirit. It is a curse. In Exodus 34: 7 says: “Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation.” This verse is talking about curses that have gone down the generational line, through our forefathers, brought on by their sin.
Breaking Generational Curses
Break these curses daily until the curse has completely lifted off your life. James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
If you say this prayer daily, or something similar, it will help you to break any curses:
“Father, I submit myself wholly to you now in spirit, soul and body. I give myself completely to you. And now Satan, in the Name of Jesus, I come against any influence and every family generational link and every power that you've tried to bring upon me through the sins of my forefathers. I renounce them and have nothing to do with them, and I cut that cord now and I separate my spirit, in Jesus Name.”
Keep your spirit free ...you will have to do this daily if you still come in contact with those in your family or friends or associates that are under a curse, and are not open to breaking curses from themselves. Do it day and night!
Curses may come through objects, and they can fall into two specific categories: objects that are made specifically to be an idol eg Buddha's, Crosses, Pentagrams, Hexagrams, etc or books, magazines, anything with horoscopes, or of an ‘occult,’ ‘new age’ or ‘spiritualist’ nature. When an object is cursed and we come into regular contact with it, it affects our spirits and areas of life may go wrong or seem to come under ‘spiritual attack.’
Breaking the curse of objects
The best thing to do is to get rid of all idols or objects that appear to have a curse on them or are contaminated in some way. If you are unsure of any object, you may hold it up and pray something like this:
"Father I cause this object to be transmuted out of darkness and into light. I take it out of the Kingdom of darkness and shine your light on it and I speak blessing on it now and your anointing on it instead, and ask that you remove that contamination from it - in Jesus Name, Amen”
We will need to continue to do this, especially if we sense that the curse has returned and things are not going so well...we need do it every day.
Curses through Associations
We can be affected with a curse by associations and by contact with others, we can become contaminated: they may be people you work with, friends or family members or anyone we have associations with that are under curse themselves; by our association with them, the curse can transfer to us, unless we protect ourselves.
Sometimes curses can come through people we minister to who are under a curse also. When we minister to someone, it is like a tube that is connected at both ends – one to your spirit and the other to the other person’s spirit. Through this tube spiritual things, good and bad can be transferred both ways. You can transfer God’s peace and blessings, but they can transfer a curse. To disable this, after we minister to someone, we need to cut ourselves free on a spiritual level from the person we ministered too.
It is impossible to avoid people that you work with, or friends and family and people you see on a daily basis. We need to break the curse and to speak blessings on them as it says in Luke 6:28: “Bless those who curse you, pray for those who ill-treat you.”
If you feel any of them are under a curse and it is affecting you, you might want to pray this prayer:
“Father, I submit myself afresh to you, I break every spiritual Link with (name the person). I renounce and let go of any curse that I may have picked up from ..... (name the person). I ask you Lord to remove this curse and I speak blessings on them. Open their eyes and their hearts. Pour your Spirit and your truth, your life and your love into their lives, I pray. Amen.”
Negative and critical words that are being spoken over you or against us can bring us under a curse eg a teacher may have said this to you: “you’ll never be any good at maths....” and so you find that you struggle with anything involving figures or mathematical equations of any sort in any area of your life.... or someone may say to you: “wait until you get older.... you’ll get sick like me” - then you find yourself getting the sickness someone has spoken over you. Sometimes people can put curses on us intentionally, especially if they are involved in witchcraft or the occult; however, curses can be broken by the blood of Jesus!
Sometimes we curse ourselves... we speak negative words over our own life, health, relationships etc... and these words can bind us and cause us to live according to our own words and curses, eg “I’ll never be good enough to go to college”......”I’ll never get married....”
Do not accept any negative words or curses spoken over your life, but rather, renounce the lies and curses spoken, and accept the truth spoken to you by the Lord himself, who speaks words of truth, and words of life, health and peace over your life.
Breaking Word Curses
If someone has spoken words of curse over your life, intentionally or not, you need to break that curse so that you are not affected by it all your life. You may want to pray a prayer like this:
“Father, in the Name of Jesus I am protected by the blood, and I renounce the lies and the words spoken over me: (repeat the words) and I neutralize any effect of their words any negative influence of them. I shut my spirit off from it. I only accept and receive the truth and the words that you speak over my life and into my life. In your name, Amen.”
If you have spoken words of curse over yourself, you can pray a similar prayer, but first repent for saying those over yourself and renounce them. Then pray and break those words you’ve spoken over yourself, and replace all negative words with the truth.
with Curses in General
If your life is cursed it is because you, or your forefathers, have opened a door for this curse, knowingly or unknowingly, and allowed the enemy to come in...so when you notice that things aren't going well...always remember James 4: 7 says: “submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”
Curses may come upon your from many different sources. The important thing to remember though is that we have been redeemed from the curse of the Law, and that the Lord has made a way for us to come out from under theses curses. He has become a curse for us, so that we can be free - BUT, it doesn't automatically happen: we must remove the curses for ourselves as born again Christians. When you sin in any way, you need to make sure that you confess it and repent, so the Devil does not have any sort of foothold in your life.
If you find your self under a curse or curses you will have to cut the cords. Repeat the process to set yourself free from Curses (preferably with someone else praying with you and agreeing with you).
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you if there is a curse, and what it is?
Ask the Holy Spirit what happened to cause the curse (or the wound)?
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the roots, and if it came in your lifetime or from a previous generation?
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you any lies, associated sins and spirits?
Begin to confess any sins (be it our own, or our fore-fathers) and nail then to the cross, breaking association with them, and asking God to remove the curse (and associated wounds).
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you (or the person you are praying with) the truth that replaces the curses, the wounds or the lies (through a picture/word etc) and then begin to declare that truth.
Ask the Holy Spirit again to reveal the truth of your freedom from the curse.
Holy Spirit wants you to walk in freedom and in truth. When he
reveals his truth to us, it liberates us and brings us into freedom.
For Journal (homework):
1. Note any comments or questions, to take to Class or Church Group.
2. Can you identify any strongholds in your life from the past or present? Ask the Lord to reveal to you if there are any strongholds currently in your life, allow him to shine his light in your life, and then apply the principals you have learned about breaking free of strongholds in your own life, and journal it.
3. How will you now deal with any strongholds in other people’s lives?
4. Explain how you can be contaminated by a curse.
5. Explain how curses can affect your life.
6. Name and explain different kinds of curses.
7. Explain what you need to do to break free of curses in your life.
Fill in the form below with your answers. Please number the answers and make everything clear.
You can also ask any questions related to the lessons.
CHAPTER 8: DELIVERANCE
Isaiah 61:1 says, “…… He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” Our work as Christians is to continue to fulfill the great commission, to “heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons” (Mat 10:8); AND to do the works that Jesus did. Jesus said he came to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for captives and release from darkness for the prisoners – is this not now our job to bring release and set the captives free? Is this not our commission?
Christians and non-Christians may need deliverance and release. Christians can become demonized, if they allow sin into their lives in a way that it controls them. This might be a shock but demons are not our problem - sin is our problem. As we submit to Satan's temptation through sin we have invited a demon power to come and control our lives. We give Satan license to drive and control our life when we become involved in things that God has forbidden and especially things involving occult activity. If we have been reading horoscopes or going to fortune tellers or palm readers, then we are openly playing with snakes! When we do this we invite Satan in through sin. There is a solution, James 4:7 says, “Submit yourself therefore to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Two good examples of demons in believers are found in the Book of Acts - the first one is found in Acts 5:3. Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit…?” Ananias and Sapphira had lied to the Holy Spirit about the money they received and were giving to the Church. The other instance is found in Acts 8:9-24. Simon the Sorcerer who had been full of demons before becoming a believer, but when he saw the Apostles laying on hands and people receiving the Holy Spirit, he wanted to buy this gift. Peter rebuked him and said, “For I see that you are full of bitterness and a captive to sin” (verse 23). Both instances show that Christians can be demonized and influenced by demonic spirits – BUT there is a way out! There is deliverance for all those who want to be free.
To help release someone and deliver them, we need to have revelation first. We can help the person see where their sin came in, so we can minister to the person by the Word of God and then identify their sin and show them how to get rid of it and overcome it by the power of the Spirit of God. If we want to bring deliverance to people, we need the gift of Discerning of Spirits. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit (found in 1 Corinthians 12 & 14) that brings knowledge, uneasiness, and a revelation in your own spirit, concerning the presence of influence of evil in or on someone’s life, or in or on a situation. Discerning of Spirits may also mean that you able to see into a person’s heart and see their intensions e.g. Peter and Simon the Sorcerer’s. Simon the Sorcerer wanted to buy the power of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:9-24). Peter discerned his spiritual condition; he discerned his heart condition was not right and challenged him to repent. A person with the gift will also be able to discern the presence and power of God, when and how he wants to work… because this is shown to him by the Spirit of God.
Jesus discerned the thoughts and intensions of the Pharisees concerning him (Matt 12:22-25), he discerned the presence of evil in the man who lived amongst the tombs and cast the demons out into the swine (Mark 5:1-16). Jesus also spoke about driving out demons with the finger of God (Luke 11:20). Demons DO NOT LIKE the Word of God; it is powerful and effective. I imagine when Jesus used the finger of God; he also used the Word of God.
Jesus told his disciples to heal the sick AND cast out demons. Through the gift of discernment the Holy Spirit can show us which demons are controlling people and situations, including who the chief demon is, and their names, in order to cast out these demons to hell. Demons can cause sickness, physically, spiritually and mentally, therefore the gift of the discerning of spirits is an important part of healing ministry and deliverance. This gift can aid deliverance and freedom to the captives.
The Severely demonised
Severely demonised people have some control of their life. Inhabiting demons appear periodically causing: seizures, convulsions, rigidity, screaming, foaming at mouth. They have great physical strength. They also frequently project a new personality – and demons can speak directly through a person. Demons can speak with voices and languages other than the person’s they occupy. They have the ability to convey knowledge that the person does not have.
Severely demonised are often marked by moral depravities of some form. Demons will seek bodies to inhabit. Immediate deliverance from demons is possible and is so restoration of mental health. The entry points are: occult practices such as witchcraft, spiritualism, new age practices, drugs, drink or violence or sexual immorality… sometimes, it can be passed on in a spiritual line, e.g. if occult is in the family.
Demons can have partial control and the person has control. The entry points are: unconfessed sin & serious sin (including sexual), inherited from family sin, anger, hatred and self-hatred, revenge, drug and alcohol abuse, occult involvement. TRAUMA such as rape, abandonment, serious accidents etc create FEAR and TERROR that are avenues for demons.
There are signs to look for, in demonization in Christians, these include: uncontrollable moods, fear, suicide, depression and mental illness, sexual problems, uncontrollable sins, self-destructive attitudes, chronic physical sickness passed down in the family, fits of anger, contorted physical reactions to the Holy Spirit. Demons can attach themselves to our weakest areas of pain.
We need to PRAY and ask for discernment concerning severely demonised and Christians who have we suspect are demonized. The Holy Spirit can show us the root, and how to pray and minister.
STEPS to Release the Captives
These are the STEPS to take if you or another Christian has opened the door to Satan and given him license. When ministering: work in 2’s or 3’s – NEVER on your own.
REPENT - Sin must be acknowledged
RENOUNCE (and break agreement) Sin must be renounced
REBUKE - Sin must be broken & the evil powers must be commanded to leave
RESTORE - the person needs us to minister God’s love, grace, peace and joy and to restore the things the Satan has stolen from them; AND they will need follow up, and discipleship, in order to live their lives in freedom and truth.
Step one: Repent
are ministering to someone who appears to be demonised, then we need
to share with them that they need to repent and submit and resist and
be healed before they will be restored to fellowship and communion
with the Lord. If, when we begin to pray for someone, a demon starts
to manifest, it is a sure sign that Satan has been given license, so
we need to take his license away. Always ask the person to
co-operate with you through the whole process, even if it is a slow
process. Without the person’s co-operation and agreement you
cannot proceed to help them become free. Therefore the person, in
co-operation with yourself and the Holy Spirit, needs to identify
the issues and the sin involved and be willing to confess them.
Step two: Renounce
Once the person has acknowledged their sin and confessed it and submitted to God, they need to address the enemy. The helpers can guide the person involved in what they need to say. Again, co-operation and agreement is necessary throughout the process. They need to say something like, “Satan I renounce every hold that I have given to you., and I break agreement with you and the things I have been involved with, and I nail then to the cross. I renounce my involveent in … reading my horoscope ….fortune telling … palm reading (or whatever the sin was) I I renounce those things, I break agreement with them, and will I have nothing more to do with them and Satan you must leave.
Once they have done this, you can join the person and tell Satan his license is revoked and he has to go.
If people want to be delivered of demonic forces in their life, the person concerned needs to submit, confess/repent and renounce, and then and only then, can we cast demons out or away and restore the person’s life. Deliverance needs the person’s full co-operation and involvement, not just Christians binding spirits and sending them away, because they could come back if the roots have not been pulled out. Not only do the roots need pulling out, but the space that has been left needs to be filled with the Holy Spirit and with His Word.
We need to TAKE TIME and care. We may need to take breaks (or minister over an extended time/days etc), and reconvene to refresh your strength, and out of care and concern for the person involved.
IF we are ministering to children TAKE CARE! Very rarely will children be possessed – they MAY BE demonized, usually through no fault of their own, but through TRAUMA or inherited through family line. Children need lots of care, and NO ONE should be involved in abusive practices – such as burning, scolding, shaking etc. This is NOT the way of the Holy Spirit and should NEVER happen. Children and young people need extreme care and gentleness. Take great care and prayerfully discern before you do ANYTHING! Most often the child you suspect is demonized has suffered emotional harm and neglect and needs pastoral love and care.
Step 3: Rebuke
can then TAKE AUTHORITY over every demon discerned
in the person concerned; and we DO NOT need to shout but rather
respect the dignity of the person concerned and how they may be
feeling. If we are ministering to severely demonized we need a
mature and experienced team, much prayer, and on-going pastoral care
and counsel. To REBUKE we need to BIND and BREAK it’s power and
control over the person’s life, then tell it to LOOSE the person
and LEAVE them… then we cast it out, off or away. The person
involved can also rebuke the spirits and tell them to leave – their
co-operation is essential.
If a demon is obstinate and will not respond to commands, we can step back and say: “Jesus, here is a demon of hell that is standing against you and your church. You take care of it…” They may shriek, they are all afraid of Jesus. DON’T allow demons to have a show and to degrade the person involved. Silence them.
Step 4: Restore
When the person has been released, you need to ask the Holy Spirit to fill the place it has left. We can then pray in healing to the hurt and pain and grief and loss, We pray in God’s peace, love, joy, peace, hope and life, and the opposite to all the negative the person had experienced before. In prayer we restore the things the enemy has stolen from them, and they leave you feeling and knowing they are free! We can pray and ask the Holy Spirit to show the person concerned what God has done for them today, and to declare the truth over themselves.
Take care to follow up the
person concerned with pastoral care and counsel and instruction and
discipleship. Some people may need several sessions to become
completely free, and many will be tempted, doubtful, and very
tender. They will need reassurance, pastoral care, and guidance in
the Word and in changing their lifestyle. The person who has been
released needs to be taught how to RESIST the enemy with the Word of
God when he tries to get back in, lies to them etc. They need to use
their spiritual armour and weapons we have been given. There needs
to be follow up, and His Spirit and Word needs to renew the mind so
that the person no longer thinks, acts, speaks in the way they did
before - then there is complete transformation.
For Journal (homework):
1. Explain how Satan is given a license into a person’s life. Give a personal illustration on how Satan may have had a license in your own life, and how you took way the license away.
2. Explain the difference between severely demonised non-christians, and demonised Christians.
3. Explain the way we should handle people who are going through deliverance… should we shout, shake, frighten or terrorize them? Or Should we treat them with respect and gently and gentleness, and use our spiritual authority.
4. Explain the 4 R’s steps in ministering in deliverance.
Fill in the form below with your answers. Please number the answers and make everything clear.
You can also ask any questions related to the lessons.
SUMMARY & CONCLUSION
We need to know and recognize this fact: we are at war with darkness, and we need to recognize our enemy and know how to defend ourselves and know how to fight! It is essential that every Christian knows their enemy, knows his strategies and tactics, and knows how to use the spiritual weapons of warfare that the Lord has given us so that we may be soldiers who are able to “stand”, not loose ground and not be taken down by the enemy, but rather that we become soldiers who take back the ground from the enemy and take new ground!
From scriptures I have discussed the existence of Satan and his angels, how Satan’s wages warfare - his strategies and tactics, personal attacks, and how we can stand our ground and wage warfare, using the armour of God and weapons of our warfare that the Lord has given to us, because these weapons are mighty, powerful in destroying strongholds; plus other powerful weapons He puts in our hands such prayer as warfare and the name of Jesus. I have discussed how we can release the captives from Satan’s grip and how we need to restore the broken and wounded.
I will conclude by looking at Scriptures which depicts Christ’s victory and our victory and how we have overcome the enemy.
Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me, declares the Lord.”
Rev 12:10: “Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: How have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our bothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and b the word of their testimony.”
We can be reassured that we have the greater one dwelling in us, the one who conquered death, hell and the grave has triumphed. He overcame the Prince of darkness himself on Calvary. Because of the Christ living in us, have been granted authority, power and dominion. We must know our enemy, his strategies and tactics, but also know that we have weapons and know how to do warfare and know our authority in Christ. Most of all we need to know that Christ has won the victory! Hallelujah!
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