Spiritual Warfare

by adustyframe ~ February 26th, 2013

On Sunday the message at church talked about spiritual warfare. Actually, it’s been a series this month, but I really liked what was shared on Sunday.

I know many of us do not like to talk about spiritual warfare, but it is real. Here I share a time I specifically dealt with spiritual warfare several years ago.

 

Here’s the basic outline:

Our defensive weapons is the Armor of God~ Ephesians 6:10-18

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 

15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 

16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—

Most of us have heard this information before (it’s still a great refresher)…

But the great news is that God doesn’t just give us weapons to defend ourselves! He gives us offensive weapons to help us regain surrendered ground.

Offensive weapons~

1. Prayer– Acts 12 shares the story of Peter and how prayer released him from prison. The angel actually released him, but prayer sent the angel! (The speaker quoted a Puritan minister but I didn’t right the whole quote down–still a great thought!)

2. Praise– Psalm 8:1-2 (and so many others!)

 Yahweh, our Lord, how magnificent is Your name throughout the earth! You have covered the heavens with Your majesty. 

Because of Your adversaries, You have established a stronghold from the mouths of children and nursing infants to silence the enemy and the avenger.

3. Preaching–Remind yourself what God says. It says He never leaves you. He protects you. He provides for your. What else does the Bible tell you? Preach it to yourself!

4. Testify–Share out loud what God is doing and has done in your life. Realize that you have available to you the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

The interesting thing about these defensive weapons is that they have to be verbalized. The enemy cannot read your thoughts–isn’t that wonderful?

So, if you’re dealing with spiritual warfare (and all of us who name the name of Christ are in a constant spiritual battle) find a quiet place.

Talk to God out loud about the battle–about what is going on in your life. Praise him out loud. Use Scripture out loud to praise God. Start with Psalm 103.

Remind the enemy Who you belong to. Share what you know is true about God.

Use these defensive weapons to reclaim ground that you’ve already lost or to stand firm in the identity of who you are in Christ.

 

Lizzie

2 Thoughts Shared to Spiritual Warfare

  1. Barbara H.

    I think for a while there was a lot on spiritual warfare to the point of mania, and that caused the pendulum to swing to the other side where we forget about or ignore it. But we do need to remember it is real.

  2. Ame

    i totally believe in spiritual warfare and have dealt with it face-to-face in my family. i pray over my family all the time. and when my girls are having nightmares, i stand in the Name of Jesus and command satan and his demons to leave them alone, and they do. i also call on groups of people to pray for us when i know it’s too big for me.

    this whole world is surrounded by spiritual warfare.

    2 kings 6:15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.

    16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”

    17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

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