Did you know that Christians can have strongholds in their lives? Did you know that Christians can be terrorized or harassed by demonic spirits? Do you really understand what it means to wage spiritual warfare against the enemy? Satan is real, and in order to come against him and have victory over his imps and demons, we must activate the faith and power freely given to us by our Father.; Furthermore, we must pull down every false doctrine and teaching that comes to distract us, lie to us and pull us away from the truth of God's Word and the only true light, which is Jesus Christ.
There are many myths on how to defeat the devil. These methods have found their way into the Body of Believers. Many of these strategies however, have been watered down and have been rendered ineffective, preventing the saints from operating in God's power. In this age of the technological genius, instant gratification, quick answers and fixes, we have grown accustomed to getting our answers with a minimum of effort being poured in on our part. We have made salvation a five or seven step program and have added on a quick three step solution to dealing with casting out demons, being delivered from our "issues" (we don't call them demons anymore), finding solutions to our financial burdens and relationship problems.
We have attempted to solve these problems through man made methods, when the Word of God clearly states that: "The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through the pulling down of strongholds (1 Corinthians 10:4). Lucifer's plan is to stop you and me, and he doesn't care how he does it. disguising himself as an angel of Light, he can move freely in and out of our circles, in church and out of church! The devil comes to kill, steal and destroy us, that is his ultimate plan. ( John 10:10).
For many years, the Body of Christ has been deceived into thinking that the battle is over after we get saved. But actually that is when the real fight for your faith begins. The devil doesn't want the world! He already has them. He is after our faith. He hates us because we are the objects of God's love! And the devil Hates God and everything that represents the righteousness of God!!! We have been taught the right phrases and cliches, the churchy words instead of speaking the word of God. We make excuses rather than confronting the enemy when he steps foot on our turf. We are flat out scared, because we don't have enough Word in us to combat the devil. We expect the pastor to do it, or some other preacher who we think is spiritual enough to get a pray through! We talk so much in our conversation about what the devil is doing in our lives, rather than talking about how much power there is in the name of Jesus; to break every chain.
The bottom line is, we must take every appropriate step based on God's Word to defeat every satanic attack hurled upon us and those that we love.Throughout the New Testament, Jesus was confronted with opposition from demons and we, likewise, will be confronted with and forced to take authority over them. Many Christians say, "the devil is messing with my finances, or he is controlling my daughter or my son because they are addicted to some drug." Many saints will never experience victory in their lives if they are in fear of what the devil is attempting to do in their lives.
Since the beginning of the Charismatic movement, there has been limited teaching in the church regarding pulling down the strongholds that the enemy has set up in the Believers lives (The Body of Christ). The other day one of my members asked me why there has not been this kind of teaching in her former church. She is grateful for the teaching that she is receiving on this subject, because it teaches her that she does not have to be scared or vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. In addition to that, she is learning the power and authority that the Word of God carries.The Word is not only the "power of God unto salvation; but it carries deliverance to break every chain, every demonic stronghold of the devil!
It is not not only in the Charismatic churches that this teaching is lacking, it is in most churches and denominations. There has been limited teaching on pulling down strongholds, breaking generational curses, or exposing Satan through some of the worst forms of spiritual warfare that being:intimidation, manipulation, and domination,. That is why it is important to recognize God's truths verses satan's counterfeit.
Tomorrow, I will get into a little more detail concerning the various forms of satanic attack that has been stronger or more violent as it relates to spiritual warfare, that being, the attack that satan has launched through drugs and sexual perversion.
For the next couple of weeks I will be sharing some insight about spiritual warfare based on the Word of God, my own experience and from Bishop George Bloomer's book entitled: "Weapons For Warriors"
It is probably not a coincidence that my mind is focused on this subject: today is of course Halloween! i know this is really going to tick the devil off. OH WELL!!!! I know where I stand with him and he knows where I stand as it relates to Almighty Jehovah, God.
Be careful out there today and:
"Don't Forget To Say Your Prayers" (Especially Today). LOL