“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints”
SOME THOUGHTS ON SPIRITUAL WARFARE… HOW TO FIGHT AND ADVANCE SPIRITUALLY… Eph.6. Warfare may be defensive (as in running into the Lord as your Armour, High Tower and a Wall of Fire around about you) but also offensive (as in challenging, attacking, taking ground, removing blockages and achieving results by using your Faith as a Shield and the Word of God as your Sword). Our real battles are not with flesh and blood human beings but the demonic realm in high places and the deceptions that delude and influence human beings against YAHWEH and HIS WORD AND SPIRIT OF TRUTH… so the weapons of our warfare are not to be carnal but spiritual. AS IN SPEAKING “It is written” from THE WORD… PRAISE and WORSHIP, praying and singing in tongues and making CONFESSIONS & DECLARATIONS of FAITH. The Holy Spirit moves upon these! Work and flow with Him. He empowers and openly rewards what is done in the Secret Place… lifting up hands, humbling ourselves, bowing before YAHWEH and laying on our faces before Him. These are powerful Hebrew / Biblical prayer postures.
BUT WE MUST ALSO LAY DOWN OURSELVES!… all our natural / carnal emotional reactions, soul power, impulsive urges and negative feelings such as anger, criticism and impatience… moving and speaking only by the Holy Spirit. We MUST DESIRE TO PLEASE THE FATHER and live as “HOLY UNTO YHWH” and work with His Holy Spirit as He leads in any areas of deeper intercession and warfare or prophetic unctions. Remember noise, action and stage lights and loud trancy music is not always necessarily of the Holy Spirit. What happened to “Be still and know that I am God”…“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.” Ps.46:10, Ex.14:13-14 (I’m all for the dancers and drums if they are led by the Lord and not just worldly un-crucified emotions for a good exciting time from those who aren’t fully committed to God’s Kingdom. Praise God for His Grace and that He uses congregations despite a mixture of the flesh and the spirit anyway for His purposes, as long as they exalt His Name. He looks at the desires of our hearts rather than our imperfections.)
IF UNDER AN ACTUAL SPIRITUAL ATTACK… we need to turn our attention to God. Start praying in the Spirit and ask for insight about what is happening in the spiritual realm and what to do about it. Also begin by praying ‘Heavenly Father please protect me / cover me/ hide me in the shadow of thy wings’ and similar things inspired by verses like Psalm 91. Read some of David’s Psalms and see how he always talked to God about every detail of what His enemies were doing and how he felt. HE MADE MANY DECLARATIONS OF FAITH THAT WE MAY USE AND EVEN MAKE INTO BANNERS TO HOLD UP AT HOME OR IN THE CONGREGATION. Use his prayers in your own way. See how he always ended up praising and exalting God. Ask for guidance via a vision or verse or a Word of Wisdom or Knowledge and keep attuned to your heart / spirit rather than your mind / emotions. Seek the Lord for the Gift of Discerning of spirits for supernatural insight about what spirit is at work in any situation. Don’t get distracted with human reasoning and arguing. Be a peacemaker if possible but depart the scenes of apostacy. Wipe your feet.
FOR PERSONAL PROTECTION ALSO PRAY SOMETHING LIKE… ‘In the Mighty Name of Yeshua the Lord of Hosts, I now bind all Satan’s plans and agendas arrayed against me (or someone else’s name?) and I declare them to be blocked and made null and void and be brought to nothing and have no power or effects on me’ (or other person’s name?) If someone is praying or speaking or even making spells against you declare something similar and bind all their “soulish prayers” or “false teachings” or “witchcraft and incantations” against you etc. Above all keep PRAISING GOD OUT LOUD WITH UPLIFTED HANDS AND BOWING DOWN. Even saying “HalleluYAH” is the Hebrew word for praise YAHWEH. Kneel down and say “Every knee must kneel to you and confess that Jesus is Lord” (That should get rid of any demonic presence hanging around!)
The Lord showed me once…
‘When you praise Me, a light issues forth from within you and drives back the enemy’
Another thing I was shown was…
‘Satan hates to see my servant on her knees for then he knows he has lost the battle’
ONLY THE SPIRIT OF YAHWEH KNOWS… the deep things that are hidden in the heart of the Father and what our part in His “Army” is. At times I will take up the timbrel, march and dance and shake it in victory as Miriam did… at other times I will wait quietly or weep and hum and rock side to side as I pray in tongues until a sence of authority comes to pray certain things. Sometimes I stand behind my prayer / music / computer room door and read scriptures pinned on it pertaining to the restoration of Israel etc. which really helps bring my spirit and mind into tune with YAHWEH’s will. (These can be written out Zeck. 2:14-17, Jer. 30:1-18 and other prophecies from Isaiah and Ezekiel) I may also sing and read from my Bible, creating new songs. Eph. 5:19 See Romans 8:26-27 about how the Holy Spirit was sent to “help” and “comfort” the disciples.
We are NEVER alone even if we feel like it. Let God use you in these simple but profoundly powerful ways to help accomplish His Will on earth… even in the heavenlies. Never go beyond your faith level or step out without the anointing. To be presumptuous about our power and start commanding angels and devils to do what we want or think is right is to invite spiritual attacks to challenge that. To pray against the evil one make sure you are In the Beloved and praying from High places down upon those spirits that are below. This is serious. They are beneath our feet but only as we are in Yeshua in Heavenly Places. Use His Name and Blood at all times… not just “I” command this or that. (“I” speak from experience for I was attacked for 3 days once after trying alone to bind Satan over the whole world so that all might be saved) Women bring your husband in to pray in agreement together if the LORD is leading. Two agreeing in prayer about something is much stronger than one alone.
ALWAYS PRAY AS OUR LORD DID… “Dear Father, not my will but yours be done” Be cautious, wise, humble and teachable and take time to just be WITH the LORD who is our KING MELEK and is the Captain of the Hosts of Heavenly Angels. (after all it’s not what you know so much as WHO you know!) In spiritual warfare we DO have authority in the Name of Yeshua / Jesus Christ and His Holy Blood as our redemption but I warn again… do not be presumptuous, vain, ambitious or get into religious pride about it. Don’t attribute every problem, failure, distraction or hinderance to the devil or Satan himself personally being against you. Imperfections and disappointments also come from our own mistakes or what others do that affects us as a part of ordinary human life. (*much more could be said but He will teach you… we are all learning… no one knows everything so be taught of the Lord!)
Another thing the Lord has taught me is…
‘Criticism is a carnal way of doing warfare’
So praise and encouragement should accompany any warnings or correction to others when we think they are in error or deception… Let’s be as loving and forgiving as we can to try and keep the unity of the faith… without compromising the Truth as we understand it and always be aware we may be wrong too in some areas. We have to know who our enemies are but be careful about attacking and shooting down our own soldiers! Anyone who is trusting in Yeshua / Jesus as their Savior and sharing that with others is on OUR SIDE! There has been so much wounding, hurt and rejection from different members of the Body of Messiah against each other… and many have left churches because of uncaring and controlling pastors and leaders. Please Lord heal and restore the Body of Messiah and raise us up to be of One Mind and strong in the Faith to do your will. Amen.
One day our battle with Satan and demonic powers will be over… “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time”. Rev. 12:10-12
These are just a few thoughts on the subject of spiritual warfare… Blessings from Susan.
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