Spiritual Warfare - how to be part of the winning team
Isaiah 61:1 The spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to announce good news to the humble, to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, release to those in prison.
In entering into the battle against the forces of darkness to set the captives free, we need to take great care how we handle ourselves. In a normal cell situation during a time of discussion, worship and ministry everyone relaxes and says what they think freely.
When dealing with spiritual warfare we must be wise to the fact that we are dealing with real opposition that, although conquered by Jesus' sacrifice, does continue to try to out-manoeuvre us, bringing destructive consequences. The most devastating is divisiveness, our unity must be held if are to stand up to the enemy effectively.
Knowing what was in their minds, he said to them, `Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and no town or household that is divided against itself can stand. 26:And if it is Satan who drives out Satan, he is divided against himself; how then can his kingdom stand?
Although watchful for opportunities the enemy cannot trap us if we are operating against Him under the cleansing blood of Jesus and with the authority of the church, using the Word of God to serve notice to encamped forces, under the anointing and specific guidance of the HOLY SPIRIT.
To hold such a united position of strength we must place ourselves in the fortress of God's protection, the only position to gain us an assured victory.
1 He who lives in the shelter of the Most High, who lodges under the shadow of the Almighty, 2:says of the Lord, `He is my refuge and fortress, my God in whom I put my trust.' 3:He will rescue you from the fowler's snare and from deadly pestilence. 4:He will cover you with his wings; you will find refuge beneath his pinions.
(in the full armour of God - Ephesians 6)
His truth will be a shield and buckler.
5:You will not fear the terrors abroad at night or the arrow that flies by day, 6:the pestilence that stalks in darkness or the plague raging at noonday. 7:A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand close at hand, but you it will not touch. 8:With your own eyes you will observe this; you will see the retribution on the wicked. 9:Surely you are my refuge, Lord. You have made the Most High your dwelling-place;
10:Finally, find your strength in the Lord, in his mighty power.
11:Put on the full armour provided by God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the stratagems of the devil.
12:For our struggle is not against human foes, but against cosmic powers, against the authorities and potentates of this dark age, AGAINST THE SUPERHUMAN FORCES OF EVIL in the heavenly realms.
13:Therefore, take up the armour of God; then you will be able to withstand them on the evil day and, after doing your utmost, to stand your ground.
14:Stand fast, I say. Fasten on the belt of truth; for a breastplate put on integrity;
15:let the shoes on your feet be the gospel of peace, to give you firm footing;
16:and, with all these, take up the great shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the burning arrows of the evil one. 17:Accept salvation as your helmet, and the sword which the Spirit gives you, the word of God.
18:Constantly ask God's help in prayer, and pray always in the power of the Spirit. To this end keep watch and persevere, always interceding for all God's people.
19:Pray also for [Jo], that [she] may be granted the right words when [she] speaks, and may boldly and freely make known the hidden purpose of the gospel
Our focus is on Jesus Christ his kingdom and victory not darkness and its manifestations. Jesus has a habit of bringing to light things that are hidden. Jesus' light shines into darkness and has overcome the enemy on our behalf. Where Jesus Christ is Lord the hidden forces of darkness will not only be revealed, but defeated. Jesus did not look for or encourage manifestations, rather He commanded the evil spirits to be silent and then leave.
During times of prayer for people involved in the occult or other satanic forms, the revelation gifts and discernment are not optional extras.
The enemy cannot out-manoeuvre us, if we are fighting
• Having received cleansing and forgiveness for sin
• With Christ's Anointing for such ministry
• With the direction of the HOLY SPIRIT
• Under the Rule and Authority of Christ and His Church
Anointing can be given to perform any ministry practical or spiritual however the Holy Spirit distributes the gifts amongst us as he wills.
While we all possess Christ and can resist sin. We do not all have the same strength and gifting to minister to others excellently. However
Discernment - gift that identifies the source of inspiration
• Used to check to authenticity of prophecy
• Can sense where personalities(demons) are present in an individual and identify them by their name (works). i.e. divination spirit (predicts), lust, lies, rejection, hate.
• Sense the nature of the enemy over places, homes or parts of a town.
• W of K understanding the role or name of a demon.
Warrior - Anointing
• Faith gift seeking victory ahead
• Recognising the authority of Christ over the enemy
• Inspired effective intercession
• Commanding prayer to undo the specific works
To battle against the enemy we need training and scriptural understanding. God prepares and chooses those He can trust in this arena. In the name of Christ demons must flee although, wisdom and anointing are required when being a channel of ministry to others.
To receive an anointing, flow with and support those who have already had experience in dealing with deliverance, acting under their leadership. Personal holiness and learning how to operate in the team are key to strengthening anointing and gaining wisdom in this area. Mutual love, humility, faith in God's authority and submission to the leading of the Holy Spirit and team leadership will strengthen the teams ability to minister deliverance. Beware how the enemy will flatter, divide, exploit jealousy, divert to side issues, and use individual self-importance to shipwreck the deliverance team.
People who have been very close to the enemy are not only capable of reverting to their former state, but without a strong Christian support network will almost certainly tend to do so.
My friends, do not blame your troubles on one another, or you will fall under judgement; and there at the door stands the Judge.
1 John 4:4
Children, you belong to God's family, and you have the mastery over these false prophets, because God who inspires you is greater than the one who inspires the world. 5:They belong to that world, and so does their teaching; that is why the world listens to them. 6:But we belong to God and whoever knows God listens to us, while whoever does not belong to God refuses to listen to us. That is how we can distinguish the spirit of truth from the spirit of error.
2 John 1:7
Many deceivers have gone out into the world, people who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh. Any such person is the deceiver and antichrist. 8:See to it that you do not lose what we have worked for, but receive your reward in full.
9:Anyone who does not stand by the teaching about Christ, but goes beyond it, does not possess God; he who stands by it possesses both the Father and the Son.
1 John 4:1
My dear friends, do not trust every spirit, but test the spirits, to see whether they are from God; for there are many false prophets about in the world.
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