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Anthony Gomez from Brooklyn, New York, shared with me his awesome experience in spiritual warfare. I was with the Latin Kings [a well-known gang] on the mean streets of New York for sev- eral years.
I have been very wicked and evil. I took pleasure in hurting people. Once I was kid- napped. The last time I tried to run, I felt a hand picking me up and throwing me on the highway.
Fortunately, a car stopped and the people called the police. I have read two of your books, and they scared me to death before I turned to God. I get a lot of dreams and visions. Once I saw little small demons put chains on me. Then two beings held me and forced me to look at a scene I did not want to see.
I cried for hours. I was so angry that they held me like that. I wound up in prison in Pennsylvania. At Greensburg, I got one of your books, and it really put me straight. I thank God for Dr. Lowery and Mary K.
Baxter, and for the work you are doing. Believers may be tempted, deceived, and accused by Satan. When a believer does not resist Satan, he may become entangled so deeply in wrong behavior that he cannot escape it without special prayer and counsel from other believers.
It sometimes even alters his personality. A person can be dominated by a demon in the same way some wives are dominated by abusive husbands. It comes to the point where they lose their sense of per- sonal worth and control.
His works are sin, not righteousness. The fruit of his actions produce poverty and lack, not fulfillment and peace. He deals in disease, affliction, and suffering, not healing, health, and wholeness. Do it specifically. Declare what you are renouncing. Reject anything that has to do with zodiac signs, clairvoyance, horoscopes, reincarnation, fortune-telling, hypnosis, yoga, tran- scendental meditation, mind-control, ouija boards, or any other occult practices or superstitions.
Reject false beliefs and doctrine that do not line up with the Word of God and do not recognize the deity and humanity of Christ. Reject any thought of saving or sustaining yourself through your own abilities or of taking credit for what God has done in your life. Reject mental and emotional bondage, addictions, compulsions, and sexual perversions. God will help you break the bonds of pornography, adultery, or homosex- uality. Renounce the spirits of lying and confu- sion.
Rebuke all fear, worry, anxiety, and timidity, including the paralyzing fear of death. Memorize and repeat often to yourself this verse: Renounce the spirits of depression, despair, and suicide. It does not mat- ter how long you have been suffering with these things. Remember the woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years but was delivered. They are self- destructive habits that will wreck your life. You can rebuke a spirit of listlessness. You can overcome apathy.
Before you can do battle against the enemy, you must release all these works of Satan. We will discuss this point in more detail in a coming chap- ter. We must be continually on the alert, for our enemy is persistent. The devil tempted Jesus, but our Lord defeated him with the Word of God. When Satan real- ized he had lost that round, he went away, but only to regroup and plot his next move: Yet remember that, when- ever the devil returned to tempt Jesus, the Lord over- came Him.
Jesus is the only One who is fully willing and able to deliver us from sin and Satan, and to give us peace. We can rely completely on our Savior. Let us cheer- fully and devotedly obey Him from the heart. Let us willingly submit to all His commands and promises. He alone can demolish every stronghold Satan plots to bring against us. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. There is a portion of Scripture that has been a special blessing in my life in regard to understanding and practicing spiritual warfare.
First Samuel 30 gives an account of David taking back what his enemy had stolen from him and the people who were under his leadership. These enemies had also kidnapped their families and were holding them captive. Now it happened, when David and his men came to Ziklag, on the third day, that the Amalekites had invaded the South and…attacked Ziklag and burned it with fire, and had taken captive the women and those who were there, from small to great; they did not kill anyone, but carried them away and went their way.
So David and his men came to the city, and there it was, burned with fire; and their wives, their sons, and their daughters had been taken captive. Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voices and wept, until they had no more power to weep. First, he strengthened and encouraged himself in the Lord. Then he prayed and asked God whether he should fight back. See verse 8. We all have wilder- ness experiences in which we encounter difficulties and trials.
These are times that test our faithfulness to God, but they can also be times of spiritual education, if we will allow God to teach us. In addition, they can be times that strengthen the nature of our relationships with God, just as David turned to the Lord for strength and encouragement in his difficulties.
Was David successful in getting back what the enemy had stolen? Not only did he defeat his enemy, but he also got back everything that had been stolen. Likewise, our spiritual enemy is out to steal from us and ruin us.
The devil does everything he can to rob whatever he can from us—spiritual blessings, physical health, financial resources, effectiveness for the kingdom, peace, and even mental soundness. We do not need to let this thief come into our lives and the lives of our family members.
We must keep the enemy from stealing the resources of our churches, our ministries, and our jobs. It is time for us to show righ- teous anger and decide we are going to take back what this thief has stolen from us! Yet the gospel era seems to have been a unique time when spiritual warfare took a decided turn in intensity.
Demonic manifestations became more pronounced when Jesus began His min- istry. When the Son of God came to the earth, Satan finally realized his ultimate defeat was a certainty. He knew his time to do his evil works was limited. There- fore, demons openly displayed their presence within people and often challenged the authority of the Lord, as well as that of His disciples.
God allowed these things to happen so that, as the Messiah of Israel, Jesus could demonstrate His power and authority over the devil and his demons. Through His mighty works, including subduing and casting out evil spirits, Jesus was declar- ing that the King had come. For example, we read, When evening had come, they brought to [Jesus] many who were demon-possessed.
And He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
And these signs will follow those who believe: Mark Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. We must remember that all created beings—whether they are holy or fallen— were created through and for Christ.
Therefore, they are naturally under His authority: For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.
One way he gets away with stealing from us is that he lies and deceives in order to convince us that he has more power than he actually possesses. He does not want us to understand that Jesus Christ has stripped him of his power over us—and we believe him rather than God!
Unfortunately, Satan has taken control of many individuals, groups, cities, and even countries. But as a Christian, you can exercise the authority of the believer over the devil and his works. Some people think that demons are running around wildly, wreak- ing havoc wherever they go, with nothing to stop them. In the revelations God has graciously permitted me to have, I have often seen that old serpent, the devil, forced to retreat.
I have seen an angel with an open book, brandishing the Word of God like a sword and making the devil bow down and stop whatever evil he was doing. Many times, I have seen him slink away in defeat from certain people and places.
Certain battles are not worth fighting, and the Holy Spirit has the ability to guide us to those confrontations that are most strategic. God will give His people great boldness, courage, and supernatural strength in fighting the good fight of faith. We can take back everything Satan has stolen from us and our households. He is a thief, and we demand that he give it all back now! Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will 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 word of God. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 1: It is the beginning of a strug- gle with Satan and his forces. The kingdom of heaven within us begins to war against the kingdom of hell. Yet numerous Christians do not know how to spe- cifically engage in spiritual warfare.
For this reason, many try to fight the enemy with inadequate weapons. Bible teacher Diane Dew had a dream or vision about the weapons Christians are meant to use in spiritual warfare: It was just a dream, I kept telling myself. But I awoke from my sleep alarmed and concerned for the condition of the church. Seldom do I remember a dream so vividly. The impression it made upon me remains to this day.
I stood in the entrance of a very old and musty fortress. It could have been an ancient castle. To the right, a staircase wound around the wall, leading downstairs. No one was in sight, so I proceeded about halfway down the steps. The wall was cold, clammy. In the lower level was a huge pile of swords of all shapes and sizes. All were rusty from the dampness.
None had been used in some time.
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Where is everyone? I wondered, aloud.
My heart skipped a beat. They left without their weapons! It is disastrous for us to go into spiritual battle without our spiritual weapons. We see an illustration of this truth from human warfare during World War II. As Hitler gained total control over Germany, his thirst for power and conquest grew. His army began to march across Europe, taking over more and more territory. As he conquered nation after nation, in some cases, the fight could hardly be called a battle.
Sometimes, Christians forget they have an enemy. But Satan, ever watchful for an opening, waits to attack not only you, but your family as well. You must protect yourself and your home from his destructive powers.
Instead, He gives us the necessary armor and equip- ment to protect ourselves against the attacks that are sure to come. In his book, The Weapons of Your Warfare, Larry Lea provided us with a weapons manifest, or list, of some spiritual arms available to the believer for spiritual warfare. The blood of Jesus 2. Prayer 3. The whole armor of God 4. Praise 5. Speaking the Word 6. The name of Jesus 7. Although the above list is very helpful, keep in mind that it is not an exhaus- tive one.
As you pray, read the Word of God, and rely on the Lord, He will bring to your mind other spiritual weapons. These are just some of the things Satan can- not stand against. When we see how varied the weapons are, we begin to realize that they must be used properly.
Some should be used only during hand-to-hand combat. Others can be used in sophisticated offensive maneuvers, but only when the Commander in Chief gives explicit orders to do so. Timing is everything when you are engaged in warfare. It takes a thoroughly trained, experienced, and purposefully armored soldier to see a spiritual battle all the way through to victory. I wonder how many com- bat veterans would be able to tell you stories of fallen soldiers who became complacent after they had been around the battlefield for a while, and who let down their guards.
The Christian cannot survive unless he puts on the whole armor of God.
The following are biblical instructions for spiritual warfare, using the anal- ogy of physical armor that was familiar to the first-cen- tury world. May God grant us the wisdom and ability to apply them in our spiritual battles.
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. You may think that armor is an ancient term that was relevant only for ancient people.
The uniforms of soldiers may now be different from what they were in biblical times, and the equipment they use may be dif- ferent. Spiritual armor protects and reinforces the Christian as he or she engages in spiritual warfare. The pieces of equipment are of both an offensive and defensive nature. We must pay attention to all the pieces of spiritual equipment available to us so that 1 we will be able to effectively wage an offensive campaign against the forces of evil, and 2 we will not have any weak places in our lives through which the enemy can attack us.
The first piece of armor I saw was a wide belt that glowed with a brilliant light and seemed to be as tough as steel. The belt could also be used to tuck in loose cloth- ing that might otherwise hinder or trip the soldier.
For example, with the loose clothing tied up, the enemy did not have something that would be easy to grab. Such a belt was used not only by the military of the day, but also by people who were working or getting ready for extensive travel. They would gather up their long robes and tuck them in a belt or waist sash.
This freed their legs for unhindered movement. One of the spiritual applications is that, before we can put on the full armor of God, we must bind up the things that hinder us. We must maintain a life of integrity so that we will have a basis from which we can effectively use the sword of the Spirit—the Word of God. A commitment to truth removes spiritual hin- drances from our lives and gives us the freedom of movement in the kingdom of God that we need for battle.
Other translations use this phrase or similar phrases. Jesus demonstrated that He was the truth in two ways: Read the words He spoke. No one has spoken words of truth, wisdom, and life as Jesus has—not the ancient philosophers, such as Socrates, Plato, and Virgil, and not even religious lead- ers, such as Buddha or Muhammad. Jesus spoke gracious utterances that offered human- ity full pardon, peace, and reconciliation through the sacrifice of His blood. Jesus also demonstrated the truth by what He did.
What He said was reliable and accurate. His actions were always in accordance with the nature and Word of God. He said He came to free the captives, and He invaded the realm of the satanic underworld, delivering men and women from bondage. He stalked into the lair of Satan himself and defeated death. As followers of Jesus, we also must live lives of integrity. We have been given the truth in Jesus; and when we wear it as the foundation of our armor, God will use it to cause us to make a difference in our world.
A lack of integrity will hinder your spiritual movement at every turn. They shall take some of the blood [of the sacrifi- cial lamb] and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.
Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. So you shall eat it in haste. Exodus When we come to God in faith, He applies the blood of the Lamb of God to our hearts, and His blood cleanses us from sin. He then expects us to immediately be prepared to move out of the old way of doing things and into new life in Jesus Christ. The Sword of the Spirit Although not next in order in the list of spiritual armor in Ephesians, let us now look at the sword of the Spirit, since the sword is attached to the belt in our armor analogy.
A soldier is not completely armed unless he has a weapon with which to defend himself. Yet the Lord impressed on my heart that there can be no effective defense without a good offense. The sword was not just used as a defensive weapon with which to protect oneself; it was also an offensive weapon with which to destroy an opponent or enemy. Similarly, the Word of God is the primary weapon of offense we use in spiritual warfare today.
The Roman short sword had a double-edged blade and was designed for close-quarter, one-on-one fight- ing. A soldier had to spend many years learning to use it effectively.
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The well-trained soldiers of Rome were able to conquer most of the known world using these unique weapons. If we are going to destroy the works of Satan, we must learn to use our unique sword—the Word of God. Note, too, that the Bible refers to Jesus, the Living Word, as having a double-edged sword: No good soldier would ever go into battle without having learned how to use his weapons.
As we are trained through our study of the Bible, we learn to use the power of the Word, through the Holy Spirit, to demolish the strongholds that have existed in our lives. The Word enables us to take captive every thought we have and make it obedient to His truth.
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thor- oughly equipped for every good work. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.
The specific word is drawn from the stored Word. We must study and know the written Word of God so that we will be ready when the Holy Spirit desires to give us a specific word that we are to apply to our present circumstances.
Thus, we must take the sword of the Spirit firmly in hand in both offensive and defensive warfare. Through our spiritual shoes, we prepare to do battle and are protected from the sharp attacks with which the enemy tries to make us stumble. Our preparation will determine the ability and the stability of our walk with Christ. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.
But do this with gentleness and respect. His gospel is a gospel of peace, and we know that we are involved in a war whose victory is assured, and whose peace will be won forever. This footwear also indicates that, as soldiers, we are part of the peace delegation that is being sent to those who are currently fighting on the side of Satan. See 2 Timothy 2: We can proclaim the message that we serve a gracious King who desires that they live in His kingdom and receive all the benefits and blessings of His children.
Isaiah The Roman breastplate was a sleeve- less, vest-like piece of flexible metal plate that stretched from the shoulder to the hip.
It was backed with a piece of tough cowhide. This piece of armor protected the vital organs of the chest—notably the lungs and heart. Physically, our lungs enable us to breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide so that we will have purer air to live on. Similarly, we are to protect our spiritual lungs so that we can freely take in a pure flow of the life of the Holy Spirit and live through Him.
Too many Christians are struggling to work for God in their own strength and power. The heart is the center of our physical lives, and as far as our spiritual lives are concerned, it is the core of our spiritual experience.
The heart provides the moti- vation for all we do. When we count on our own righteous- ness, we often begin to feel unworthy of God, or that we have failed in the Christian life and God will surely reject us. The enemy builds on this sense of unworthi- ness because his aim is to make us think that God has not really forgiven our sins.
Again, when we come to Jesus Christ and accept Him as Lord and Savior, our sins are forgiven, and we are granted the very righteousness of Christ Himself. When God the Father looks at us, He sees us as righteous because we are wearing the righteousness of His perfect Son.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness.
You have to come to Christ on the grounds of His imputed righ- teousness. The only righteousness worth anything in the eyes of God is the righteousness of Jesus. The only way in which God can look on us as righteous is when He sees us in Christ, clothed in the garments of His righteous- ness.
We must discard any robes of self-righteousness and put on the protective breastplate of the righteous- ness of Christ. We need this protection because, again, the devil will try to cause us to become discouraged and depressed. He uses every wicked device he has in order to attack our hearts and emotions. He attacks Chris- tians with confusion, doubt, uncertainty, strife, dis- cord, and arguments. He tries to get us to doubt the love of God. One of his favorite schemes is to attack us with a spirit of indifference, cynicism, callousness, coldness, and bit- terness toward one another and God.
He approaches us through our circumstances, our feelings, and our thought life. We must be sure to guard our emotions, as they can often give the devil an entry into our lives. The fourth chapter of Ephesians gives us an example of the rela- tionship between our emotions and spiritual warfare: Then he can use it as a base of operations to launch more spiritual attacks against you.
Many Christians are suffering today because of anger that has not been resolved.
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Still, anger is just one of many human emotions. If Satan can get a grip on our feelings, he can destroy our ability to func- tion by crippling us emotionally or leading us into all manner of destructive and addictive behavior.
God has shown me many people who are wounded in soul and spirit. Jesus protects us with an impenetrable vest against anything the devil may throw at us. Knowing that we are covered by the righteousness of Christ will guard our hearts and emotions and enable us to live the Chris- tian life with security and joy regardless of the attacks of Satan.
When we get weary in the battle, we must remind ourselves that Christ is the Truth, and that He is our righteousness. The shield of a Roman soldier was several feet in height and was carried with one hand. It would protect him from an onslaught of rocks and flaming arrows.
The faith that will deflect and extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one is simply trust in God. In a similar way, there is a connection between the shield of faith and all the other pieces of armor for spiritual warfare. The truth is in Christ. See, for exam- ple, Ephesians 4: We are righteous in Christ. See, for example, Romans 3: We have peace with God in Christ. See Romans 5: We will spend eternity with God in Christ. See, for example, Ephesians 2: We apply the Word of God in Christ.
See, for example, 2 Corinthians 5: We have access to God the Father through Christ. See, for example, Ephesians 3: Again, the imagery here is of flaming arrows launched with the intention of starting a destructive fire—a fire that quickly spreads out of control. With his deception, he attempts to light fires in our minds by impressing on us an incendi- ary idea that can ignite a series of destructive thoughts.
This causes our imaginations, our impressions, and our questions to run wild. Moreover, this wildfire of the mind feeds on fear. A lion roars to intimidate its rivals and to paralyze its prey with dread. Note that there is also a strong connection between faith and recognizing our position of being righteous in Christ which enables us to wear the breastplate of righteousness.
In fact, in 1 Thessalonians 5: In 1 Thessalonians 5: Again, the enemy often calls into question the level of our loyalty and commitment to God. He tries his best to cause us to doubt our safekeeping in Christ. As a result, we can be paralyzed by fear and insecurity. Similarly, we have to accept and receive salva- tion through Christ; He bestows his salvation on us.
As Psalm The helmet of salvation protects the head, shield- ing it from deception and accusation. In addition, the head houses the brain. Our brains make decisions con- cerning how the rest of our bodies are going to oper- ate. They are in charge of what we speak and how we speak it. They control what we listen to, as well as what we think. They enable us to experience emotions. Our minds are what we use to form positive or negative per- ceptions about other people, and to decide what we will or will not be content with.
Your mind is your consciousness. In this sense, it is you, and therefore it determines your future. The Lord once brought to my mind a Scripture, which I immediately looked up. I came to realize this means that we followed the sinful desires of our bodies and of our minds. We did what we felt like doing. We responded to so-called natural stimuli. We were under the direction of Satan and were, by nature, children of wrath, just as the rest of mankind is.
But now that we have been changed by Christ, we no longer live in that way. As children of the King, we follow the Prince of our Salvation as He leads us in war- fare against the prince of darkness.
The Word accurately describes God as good, loving, kind, patient, and trustworthy. In contrast, Satan—just as he did to our first parents in the Garden of Eden— tries to convince us that God desires to withhold good from us and is not looking out for our best interests.
See 1 Timothy 4: If we believe that God is good, however, we have nothing to fear. If God is good, we can be liberated from the self-defeating hell of worry, anxiety, and panic that we have created for ourselves—with a lot of help from our enemy and his forces of evil. The power of God will sustain us. This will inevitably cause you to stumble into the deception of the enemy.
He revealed that the practice of prayer completes the whole armor of God. We will discuss this crucial spiritual weapon in a coming chapter, so that we may examine it more fully. Thus, we see that we must take up the whole armor of God and go forth to spiritual battle. Sometimes, Satan will come with a full-scale frontal assault; sometimes he will choose guerilla warfare.
This is why all the pieces of our armor must be utilized and cared for. Let us move forward, fully protected by the armor that God has provided for us. The believer must be spiritually prepared at all times.
This understanding must become a natural part of the life of a follower of Christ. Spiritual warfare requires us to be spiritually on guard because skirmishes can take place even on the inner battlefields of our own minds and hearts. We bat- tle not only the world and the devil, but also our sin- ful nature, which desires what is contrary to God. The apostle Paul reminded us of this truth: Romans Many of us are holding on to false mind-sets and even destructive attitudes that do not belong in a child of God, without realizing that they weaken us spiritu- ally.
In fact, holding on to them hinders our relation- ships with God, gives the devil a foothold in our lives, and decreases our effectiveness in spiritual warfare. In addition, Satan seeks ways to encourage and provoke the sinful nature in our lives.
He would like us to be dominated by sinful desires, such as the following: The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Galatians 5: Let us look more closely at our war with the sinful nature so that we can increase our understanding of how to deal with it effectively.
The primary characteristic of the sinful nature is that it is always trying to please itself, disregarding everyone else, including God. Living for yourself is a very easy trap to fall into.
Outwardly, a person may appear to be living for God. Inwardly, however, he may be indulging in the sinful nature. Many people, work- ing in the energy of the sinful nature, may even perform good deeds. They make themselves look good, but their inner motives are always aimed at advancing self.
In effect, they are relying on their good deeds for their sal- vation, rather than on forgiveness through Christ. This is true even of some who appear to be waging spiritual warfare. Jesus warned, By their fruits you will know them. In the following passage, he described the results of living by the sinful nature: Letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death.
But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. To do this, we must understand how human beings were originally designed, and how this design became distorted when mankind rebelled against God. See Genesis 1: As God is Spirit, He created man as a spiritual being. Man was designed to communicate with and worship God through his spirit.
The soul is made up of the mind, the emotions, and the will. Adam and Eve were the first human beings whom God created. Their spirits were the dominant aspect of their nature as they directed their souls and bodies to think and act in ways that pleased God. In this way, the three parts of their nature—spirit, soul, and body—functioned in harmony with one another.
The result was that they became spiritually dead and lost the harmony with God and themselves in which they were intended to live. Because of their rebellion against God, their nature became corrupt, or sinful, and so sin entered the world.
The same domina- tion by sin is true of all people, if they have not been forgiven through the blood of Christ, which He shed on the cross. Paul wrote about this terrible state: We all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.
Ephesians 2: So, not only did the enemy incite man to sin, but he also continues to pro- mote sin in mankind. Praise God that this is not the end of the story! The Bible says, Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.
Yet we must be aware that this evil nature still continually seeks to surface in the lives of Chris- tians. Until we go to be with Christ, or until He returns to the earth, we will need to be on guard against the sinful nature. It fights against the Spirit of God within us; it still wants to gratify its desires. However, we can have the Holy Spirit living within us, and He wants us to live in a way that pleases God. Through the bodily senses, a person sees, hears, tastes, smells, and touches the world around him.
Is it productive or nonproductive? Will it help me or hurt me in the long run? Believers have the witness of the Holy Spirit within them, as well as the Bible, to enable them to discern what is right. The will must then make a decision. It must decide whether to obey the Spirit and therefore remain united with God and His purposes—or listen to the sinful nature and yield to temptation, choosing what is hostile to God. We do this by living by the Spirit and not for our selfish desires.
For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sin- ful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.
It is our enemy; it will lead us to our deaths, spiritually, if we let it be the ruler of our lives. The Bible warns us about being sinfully minded rather than spiritually minded: The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. For everything in the world—the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does—comes not from the Father but from the world.
The natural [unregenerate] man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolish- ness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. John 7: Acts 1: God gave the law to convince and remind us of our inability to do what is right, so that we would see our need and turn to Him for help. God the Father put into effect a different plan to save us and enable us to live righteously. He sent His own Son Jesus Christ to earth in a physical, human body that was like ours, except that He was without sin.
Jesus did what no one else could do: God made those who love Him and receive His offer of forgiveness and restoration through Christ spiritually alive. Then He sent His Spirit to live within them. Living by the Spirit means living in obedience to the Father, just as Christ did. To be spiritually minded is to make pleasing God and living by His Spirit our major aim and objec- tive in life.
It means to follow the leading of the Spirit and to obey the Word of God. Being spiritually minded enables us to put on the whole armor of God that is so necessary for spiritual war- fare. It enables us to live in the fullness of our salvation, full of faith and strong in the knowledge of God and His Word.
In this way, we can deflect both the attacks of the enemy and the temptations of the sinful nature. If we are committed to Jesus, and if we are willing to continually renounce and repent of our sins so that we have a clear relationship with God, then we can have authority over Satan.
We can command the devil to leave in the name of Jesus. Our enemy can be stubborn, and at times he may seem to delay his departure. How- ever, we are assured that he must leave as we yield to God and exercise His authority over the enemy. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. They have been rendered powerless and ineffective in spiritual warfare. Please understand that it is difficult, if not impossible, to win this war against the enemy of our souls without learning to overcome the sinful nature.
For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. Galatians 2: Just when you think your spiritual life is going well, and that the war with your old nature is over, you need to watch out for a sneak attack on the perimeter of your life. In 1 Corinthians Remember that, as a devour- ing enemy, Satan will try to prey on the weakness of our sinful nature and incite it.
In physical warfare, the infantry often calls in the superior firepower of the air force with its guided mis- siles and fighter jets to demoralize the enemy for the decisive assault. This superior power enables you to prepare for decisive assaults on areas of the sinful nature that you need to conquer. As we live the lifestyle of a spiritual warrior, we can also counteract the desires of the old nature by bearing fruit for God wherever we have been planted.
How can you produce the fruit of the Spirit in your life? Recog- nize the things of the world that pull you away from God, and the things of the Spirit that draw you toward God. Learn to avoid the traps and minefields of the sin- ful nature. You can overcome them as long as you allow the Holy Spirit to guide and control your desires. It may not always feel good to do battle with the sin- ful nature. Yet when we follow Christ, our Captain, we begin to bear the fruit of righteousness, which enables us to wage spiritual warfare even more effectively.
No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but pain- ful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Hebrews Keep praying. First Thes- salonians 5: Trust God to provide what you need, when you need it, to overcome the sinful nature. Learn how other believers overcame the same struggles you are going through. It is often directly related to the content and quality of our thought life.
Inner righ- teousness produces outward peace, but sinful attitudes frequently produce sinful behavior. The enemy also seeks to nullify the blessings of a Spirit-led life by trying to keep us from being totally committed to God.
Yet one of his greatest weapons is unforgiveness: In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Bitterness and unforgiveness will eat away at you. If they are not conquered, they will destroy you. You will begin to feel the effects of unforgiveness in your physical body. I have heard countless people testify that, when they released their resentment toward someone and forgave the person who had hurt them, they began to get well physically.
Nourishing hatred toward others can destroy you—spirit, soul, and body. This is exactly what the enemy hopes to accomplish. In contrast, for- giveness releases tremendous power.
It brings healing and restores the joy of fellowship. It unbinds the ten- sions that tear you apart. Although a spiritual warrior is engaged in warfare with Satan, he is a person who is at peace with God and himself and who seeks to live in peace with other people.
This peace is already at work in our lives. These are the words of the Captain of our salvation, who wants us to take back what we, in negligence, have permitted Satan to take away from us. Our peace belongs to us. It does not belong to the devil. If we are not experiencing peace, then we must discover how we have let it slip away, or how we have allowed Satan to steal it from us.
It is constant, never chang- ing. The peace of God drives out all fears caused by the evils of the past or present: He is a master at guerilla warfare, and he comes at us with subversion, deception, and intrigue. He attacks our thoughts when we least expect it and tries to provoke our sinful nature. We must always be on guard, and we must never give up our faith and trust in God during our battle against sin: Jesus [is] the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Him- self, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striv- ing against sin. And you have forgotten the exhor- tation which speaks to you as to sons: The final outcome for a spiritual warrior is total victory over Satan and the sinful nature!
A day is com- ing when, for the people of God, all questions will be answered and all the parts of the puzzle of life will fall into place.
We will be complete in Christ, and we will be one with Him forever. When I was receiving the revelation of the man dressed in spiritual armor, the Lord gently placed His hand on me and said, When you have put on all the armor I have showed you, armor that is described in My Word, you are still not safe unless you utilize these two weapons in My arsenal—prayer and fasting. They are the most powerful resources I have given to believers. Regardless of your offensive or defensive armor, you need these in your own arsenal if you desire to effectively attack and defeat Satan and his cohorts.
I began to ask God to show me the advantages of prayer and fasting. Over the next several months, He opened up His Word and truth to me regarding the blessings of prayer and fasting. What I discovered is essentially this: See Daniel 10; Jude 9. There is no indication that believers are directly involved in this phase of war- fare, however, except through prayer.
The Spirit of God spoke to me and said that men and women must be equipped to pray for families, churches, cities, and nations.
Every believer must be encouraged to enlist in an army of intercessors. Sometimes, we have to fight on our knees in order to win. God is calling men and women to war- fare through prayer. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints. In the New Living Translation, the verse reads, Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occa- sion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.
In this significant verse, we learn that we are to… 1. Pray always 2.
A Divine Revelation of Prayer
Pray with all kinds of prayers and supplica- tions 3. Pray in the Spirit 4. Be watchful in prayer 5. Have all perseverance in prayer 6. Pray for all believers 1. Pray Always Colossians 4: In all things, we can ask for His grace, strength, and power. Jesus gives us access to the Father, confidence in coming to Him, and the assurance of help in time of need: To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the princi- palities and powers in the heavenly places, accord- ing to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.
Ephesians 3: For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4: Pray with All Kinds of Prayers and Supplications Warfare praying includes many kinds of prayers and supplications to God.
Paul wrote to Timothy, Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peace- able life in all godliness and reverence. We must also come with a humble attitude. This does not negate the boldness with which we are to come.
To be humble does not mean to be passive.
We must realize, again, that our boldness is based on the work of Christ, not our own efforts. Without Christ, we are nothing, and we can do nothing.
See John We can rely completely on God as we live and work in obedience to Him, knowing that He will take care of everything that concerns us. In this section, I want to discuss six aspects of warfare prayer: Warfare praying includes forgiveness. As we saw in the previous chapter, one of the most effective ways of releasing the power of God is by forgiving those who have offended or hurt us.
First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5: But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Matthew 6: It's good to know that even though it doesn't seem like it. The Lord listens to every prayer we send his way.
It's comforting to know that we have a Heavenly Father that takes the time to collect our prayers, our tears, and even the wrongs done to us. If you have been questioning why you should pray or need a close This book not only shows us the importance of prayer both in our relationship with God but also how praying can be used to intercede for other during critical moments of their lives.
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