MHG No 13. JULY 2002
“The weapons of our
warfare are not carnal and physical, but mighty in God for
overthrowing strongholds, for refuting speculations and
arguments and for casting down every proud and lofty thing raised
up against the knowledge of God, and for capturing every thought,
and bringing it into obedience to the Messiah.”
MANY of us have not
sufficiently grasped the fact that the
human mind is a very impressionable zone where enemies build up evil
fortifications are built up, brick by brick; leaf by leaf; thought by
thought, by evil influences, and by a string of wrong decisions!
The attack on the
mind works like a virus that weakens the human immune system, corrupts
the body’s responses, and imperils its health. Once it is established in
the mind, a stronghold weakens and seeks to destroy our moral rectitude,
our right resolve, our spiritual stamina, and our sanctified temple -
all from within.
obtrusive, satanic centres of mind control that subtly seek to gain our
compliance, to manipulate our wills, to bring bondage, and to wreck
havoc in our lives.
THE PARABLE OF THE DIKBA VINE
Let us compare a
stronghold to a Dikba Vine, which has very vigorous growth. It grows,
leaf by leaf, until it takes over, controls, and ruins everything
Like most plants, the
Dikba Vine begins with a single seed.
As it is watered, it grows stronger day by day, and produces hardy
leaves. Its roots go down deep and it puts out feelers to firmly
establish itself. It then spreads out further and further. If it is not
plucked out early, it is likely to develop into a powerful vine with
tenacious roots that can no longer be easily pulled up.
This Dikba Vine, mind
you, produces much fruit, but sadly, not beneficial fruit; it’s
This is an obnoxious
vine that grows out of all proportion to its worth. It spreads its roots
until it cracks the floors and the walls of your home, and dominates and
restricts your movement. It destroys your freedom.
It’s a vine you
always intended to get rid of, but by default you allowed it to grow
until it has become an enormous job to deal with. By now the problem is
that you have become so used to the vine that you begin to appreciate
its ‘cute’ little flowers,
and so you decide to keep it - in spite of its harmful effects. You
even come to the stage where you say it is “too late” to get rid of it,
so you decide to tolerate it
- in spite of what it is doing to you, to your home and to your
environment. In short, you’re stuck
This creeping Dikba
Vine keeps pushing up new shoots all over the place. At first you
thought it was lovely because of its strong “healthy” growth, and so you
dug up some of those small new shoots, put them in pots, and gave them
to your friends. And now they also are
plagued with this creeping, detestable parasite – this
“blessed” Dikba Vine!!
You now know that it
wasn’t a wise thing to do. You saddled other people also with problems
and now you can’t help them, or yourself. You frantically lop off the
branches of the vine, and tell your friends to do the same. But this
prolific pest keeps on springing up. And you begin to feel like a
You seek advice. Some
people tell you to dig out the roots. But you can’t seem to go deep
enough. Some say you should poison it, but you don’t seem to have much
luck at that either. You despair. You say to yourself, “Well, I’ll just
go out every morning and axe any new growth.” But sometimes you forget,
and sometimes you are just so busy to chop the vine. And it has you beat
again and again!
You feel then that if
you have to live with it, you
may as well trim it,
and shape it into a nicely controlled shape, so that it will look
pretty good around your front porch. You’ll show your neighbors how to
make the most of this thing! You develop a love-hate relationship with
your vine. But you find it is uncontrollable. And when it becomes a
jungle again, your neighbors are not too impressed by your “blessed”
In the end you decide
that you will sell your house and move to a new location where you will
not be troubled by this obnoxious thing. You move. But guess what! You
managed to take some of the Dikba seeds with you, and in no time, they
were taking root and springing up in your new locality!
You felt a sense of
doom. It was like a
plague. Is there no relief? Is
there no balm in Gilead? You decide to go to the horticulturists – to
the experts. They give you much advice, and tell you what to do. But
you just can’t seem to believe their remedy – because it seems so
complicated. And it is going to cost you too much! “Ah, forget it,” you
say. “Let it grow! See if I care! It’s not really that bad!”
But it has a habit of
driving you into a corner.
Soon you are in despair
again. You even think of suicide.
You cry out in desperation, and are willing to pay whatever the cost –
you must get rid of it.
And one day, with
great relief you meet someone who gives you a book that tells you how to
break the hold of this overpowering Dikba Vine.
impossible, at last, becomes
THE MEANING OF THE PARABLE
The parable is
talking about a sin vine that
becomes a stronghold in our lives! (Dikba is the Tibetan word for
with a seed-thought that is sown in the mind. As we ponder on the
thought it germinates and shoots up to become a small plant - a bad
At first we never
expect a “lovely” little sin habit to ever get a stranglehold on us, and
to inflict great damage on our lives. But satanic strongholds are geared
to paralyze our spiritual lives, and to rob us of joy, strength, peace,
and abundant spiritual fruit. They are programmed to traumatize us by
inserting the “genes of darkness” into the very fibre of our beings.
And this, my dear reader, can all happen in a
The Scripture warns
and exhorts us concerning the mind - the two types of mind.
“The mind of the
flesh, the carnal nature, is death, but the mind of the
Spirit is life and peace.”
There is a constant
battle going on for the minds of men. I believe we could even say that
all battles begin in the minds of men - in children, as well as adults.
Believers are not
exempt for this battle! It is all too possible that evil strongholds can
take over our lives also.
That’s why there are constant exhortations to God’s people:
“Let the same mind
(the same attitude and purpose) be in you which was in the Messiah,
“Do not be conformed
to this world, but be transformed by the
of your mind, that you may prove
what the will of God is – His good, acceptable and perfect will.” (Romans
When an evil fortress
has been built up in our mind, it seems almost impossible to rout it
out, or to overthrow it. But it must be destroyed or else it will
Praise God, as the
apostle Paul says, we have been provided with mighty, non-physical
weapons that can overthrow strongholds.
“For though we walk
in the flesh as human beings, we do not wage war according to the
flesh by using carnal and physical weapons; for the weapons of
our warfare are not carnal and physical, but
mighty in God for overthrowing
strongholds, for refuting speculations and arguments and
for casting down every proud and lofty thing raised up against
the knowledge of God, and for capturing every thought, and
bringing it into obedience to the Messiah.”
(2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
available, but the question is . . .
TO OVERTHROW STRONGHOLDS ?
From these three
verses in 2 Corinthians10, we can understand five basic facts or
our warfare and our weapons are not physical, but
our weapons are mighty in God
for overthrowing strongholds.
our weapons are able to refute
everything opposed to the knowledge of God.
every thought can, and needs
to be, brought into obedience to the
it is God’s will that the believer should
not tolerate enemy strongholds,
but should overthrow them by
His grace and power.
My friend, there is
no “keyword” or “quick-fix.” There’s no “3 easy steps to victory”
solution for overthrowing strongholds. But there are
truths throughout the Epistles
and Gospels which we need to learn to
apply in our Christian lives. We all may have issues that
must be dealt with. If we want to be free, we must seek restoration and
deliverance in the Word of God.
We need to go over
the Scriptures in this study again and again. These are steps to
freedom and overthrowing strongholds, but remember, it is not the
steps that will save us. It is
the Messiah Himself who sets
us free. But it is our response, our faith, and our obedience to His
Word that opens the door to the power, deliverance, and the blessing of
CHRIST CAME TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL
We must understand
and believe this fact!
“The Son of God was
revealed for this purpose - that He might undo and
destroy the works of the devil.”
disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them,
having triumphed over them
through it – His work on the cross.”
“The Spirit of the
LORD is upon me . . . He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the
“You will know the
Truth, and the Truth will set
you free . . . If then the Son makes you
free, you will be free indeed.”
(John 8:32, 36)
If Y’shua the Messiah
loved us, and planned for us to be free, and wants us to be free, how
can we accommodate a bondage – a slavery – a stronghold in our lives?
The Saviour has
already set us free by His
triumphant, atoning work at Calvary – the moment we believe. But that
freedom needs to be maintained.
So Paul charges us:
Let us “stand
firm in the freedom with which the
Messiah has made us free; and do
not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.” (Galatians
KNOW WHO AND WHAT YOU ARE “IN CHRIST”
My dear born again,
believing reader, you are not
a “no-body!” You are not a
speck of dust! You are not a
dirty, guilty, condemned sinner! You are
not an outcast! You are
not an accident, an
insignificant being! You are IN CHRIST, and in Christ you have been
blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places!!
Following is a list
of many of the realities of the believer’s
status “in the Messiah.” And
there may be more realities that could be added to this list.
Please check each
point and realize, and acknowledge your true
status “in Christ.” If there is
any point about which you are not clear, please study that point, until
you understand what it is all about.
Remember your status
does not depend on how you
feel. It is yours, potentially
from eternity, and in reality from the moment Y’shua became your
personal Saviour! This is your new status “in the Messiah”!
1 you are born
2 you are a new
3 you are a chosen
4 you are
5 you have been
6 you have been
purchased by God
7 you have been
8 you have been
(Rom 3:24. 8:1)
9 you have been
made righteous (Rom
10 you are
reconciled to God (2
11 you are set-apart
12 you are a child
13 you have been
predestined to maturity as a son of God (Eph.
1:5. Gal 4:7)
14 you have received
God’s eternal life (John
15 you are eternally
16 you are included
in household, the family of God
2:19. Gal 6:10)
17 you are a temple
of God (1
18 you are indwelt
by the Holy Spirit (Rom
19 you are sealed by
the Holy Spirit
20 you are the
dwelling place of the Sh’khinah glory
21 you are complete
in the Messiah (Col
22 you are included
in the Bride of Christ (Eph
23 you are a member
of the Body of Christ (Eph
24 you are an heir
of God and a co-heir with the Messiah, and have a
glorious inheritance (Rom
8:16-17. 1 Pet 1:4. Eph 1:11,14)
25 you are God’s
workmanship, handiwork (Eph
26 you are God’s
27 you are a
disciple of the Messiah (Matt
28 you are a royal
priest after the order of Messiah (the order of Malkitzedek)
1:5-6. Heb 6:20; 10:19.1 Pet 2:9)
29 you are a
minister of the new covenant (2
30 you have been
endowed with spiritual gifts
31 you are an
ambassador for Christ
32 you are royalty –
called to reign in life, and destined to reign in eternity
1:5-6. Rom 5:17)
33 you are a
warrior, with a glorious armour (2
Tim 2:3-4. Eph 6: 10-18)
34 you are seated in
the place of authority (Eph
35 you are protected
by the power of God (1
36 you are destined
for glory (2
Cor 4:17, Rom 8:18. Col 3:4)
acknowledge who and what you are.
THE BATTLE AND THE VICTORY IS THE LORD’S
The battle for our
mind is being waged every minute of the day, but the believer’s response
must be to bring every thought into obedience to our Master. We must
learn to reject all types of wrong thinking. We must learn to refuse to
meditate on anything that is unholy.
“Let this mind
(the same attitude and purpose) be in you which was in the Messiah,
Y’shua.” (Philippians 2:5)
Our mind must be
surrendered to God, and our mind
must be renewed daily by the
Word. We must wear the Helmet of Salvation continually.
But my reader, you
are not waging this war all on your own. The battle for your mind is not
primarily your battle. It is the LORD’s battle!
It is not a matter of
trying to work your way out of a situation. It’s not a matter of trying
your level best, with your outmost strength, to break down the
strongholds, and to break the chains that Satan has been putting around
you. It’s not a matter of trying to break down strongholds in your mind
by the use of your own intellectual reasoning and determination.
It’s a matter of
learning the principles of
the Word of God, and trusting
the Master for His mighty enabling power.
We cannot win this
battle in our own strength, or by our own wisdom.
we can do nothing. It is our Heavenly Master who gives us
“YHWH says to you;
‘Do not fear nor be afraid at the sight of this great multitude,
for the battle is not yours but God’s’.”
“… that all this
assembly may know that YHWH does not deliver by sword or by spear; for
the battle belongs to YHWH;
and He will give you (Goliath) into our hands.” (1
“But thanks be to
God, who gives us the victory
through our Master, Y’shua the Messiah.”
We need to humbly
recognize that our Saviour is absolutely able, and that
He alone can deliver us. But we
must be honest before God. Whatever the stronghold is in our life, we
must confess it as evil.
stronghold may appear to be a very good thing, but if it is opposed to
God, and robs us of devotion and commitment to our Master, it is evil.
There is, of course,
a good stronghold, which we
should greatly desire. It is the LORD Himself.
“Yahweh is my
Strength, my Rock, my Refuge, my Fortress, my Strong Tower, and my
18:2; 31:2-3; 91:2; 144:2. Prov. 18:10)
An evil stronghold
may be a bad habit that has gradually developed. It may even be
fear. Whatever the stronghold,
let us not excuse it and let us not blame others. Let us not try to
cover it up before God. We must be honest! Don’t try to tell God that
you are sick when you are drunk. Don’t blame your wife, or your
husband, when you have made
the bad choice of indulging in the flesh. Don’t blame others! Don’t
excuse it, but recognise it as your
sin, your stronghold, and
that it is evil before God.
And seek the Master’s deliverance.
“I acknowledged my
sin to You, and I did not cover up
my iniquity. I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to YHWH’; and
You, yes, You forgave the guilt and iniquity of my sin.” (Psalm
Y’shua taught His
disciples to pray, “Deliver us from evil.” (Matthew 6:13). Y’shua is
concerned about the effects of evil in our lives, and He wants to
destroy the strongholds in our lives.
“Through God we do
valiantly, and He treads down our
IDENTIFY YOUR REAL ENEMIES !
It is very easy to
make excuses for evil strongholds in our lives, and to blame other
people, or circumstances, for our bondage. But reader, our real enemies
are not our associates, our
neighbours, our family, or people who oppose us. Our enemies are the
spiritual forces of evil. These
are the spiritual powers that may be working in those people, building
up strongholds in their minds, and motivating them to oppose us. But
remember the same forces of evil can also work in
our lives, and inspire
us to engage in the works of
“Our struggle is not
against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against
authorities, against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age,
against the spiritual forces of
evil in the heavenly places.”
Here’s the next
reality we must face; we have three
main enemies; the world, the flesh
and the devil. These three enemies constantly work
against us as believers, seeking to influence our volition – our power
of choice – so that they can built up
control centres in our minds.
WORLD is the system, or systems,
that are opposed to the truth and principles of God. And those systems
and influences are many, as you well know. They lunge at you through TV,
through billboards, through conversations, entertainment, education,
money business, social mores and standards. They seek to influence you,
and to govern your decision-making facilities. Regarding the world we
are told …
“Do not love the
world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of
the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the desires of
the flesh, and the lust of the eyes and the pride of life, is not of the
Father, but is of the world.”
FLESH is within you – it’s your own
carnal nature that has not been “put to death” - that has not been
rendered inoperative through the
power of the Holy Spirit. The carnal nature seeks to manipulate our mind
to cause us to perpetuate the life of the flesh.
Regarding the flesh
we are told …
that our old man - our old self was crucified with
Him, that the body of sin might be rendered powerless, and
that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
position “in Christ,” the “old
man” has already been crucified. But in our
experience, the crucifixion of
“the flesh” has to be an ongoing execution.
“So then, brethren,
we are not debtors to the flesh, the sinful nature, with an
obligation to live according to the flesh. For if you live according
to the flesh, the sinful nature, you are going to die; but if by
the Spirit you put to death
the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans
DEVIL, you know full well, is your
enemy. And because he is invisible, we’re inclined to believe he is
only half-real. But Satan and his hordes of accomplices-in-evil
constantly work against the believer to rob him of the power to make
right decisions. They always seek to drag the believer back into the
realm of darkness.
Regarding Satan we
are told …
“Submit therefore to
God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James
So, these are our
enemies, believer! And we have got to believe it, for they work together
to build strongholds in our minds and lives in order to bring about our
ALWAYS ON THE ALERT
“Be of sober spirit,
be on the alert, for your adversary the devil prowls about like a
roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, standing
firm in the faith.” (1
To be on the alert
means to be extremely watchful. We are forewarned, so must be on guard
against any activity of Satan, and of the world, or of the flesh. If the
schemes of evil are recognized early, it is possible to “nip them in the
My reader, we need to
learn to see circumstances from a spiritual point of view. Things are
not happening by accident. We can say, not much happens by accident.
Believers know that God is working everything together for good in their
lives. And you can be sure that Satan seeks to work everything together
for evil. So be on the alert to discern enemy activity, and take up the
Shield of Faith and the Sword of the Spirit.
Be on the alert for
subtle temptations, such as the temptation to believe that “the
spiritual principles of warfare can
be applied and be successful -
except in this particular case I’m facing.” Or the temptation
to think, “I’ve made a terrible mess of the situation. There’s no
hope. I’ve forfeited my chances. There’s no alternative left except to
In times of severe
combat, Satan will keep asserting; “See! I told you! It doesn’t work!”
And instead of recognizing the devilish origin of these thoughts, we
think it’s just our own honest reasoning telling us so.
Be on the alert, for
our enemies are persistent! After any period of marked blessing we need
to be on guard against counter-attacks or kickbacks. And after we have
weathered a time of crisis, we must be careful not to drop our weapons,
thinking that things should now go smoothly. The enemies are persistent,
and will seek to make a comeback.
NOT GIVE THE DEVIL AN OPPORTUNITY
Don’t make room for
Satanic implants! We could also add, don’t give the world and the flesh
no provision for the
flesh (the sinful nature) to gratify its desires (lusts).”
It’s very easy to
open the door and allow evil influences to insinuate themselves into our
decision-making faculties. Just a few words of criticism will do that.
Arrogance, pride and
wrong reactions open the way for
the three enemies to begin an entrapment of our mind.
It does not need to
be a major action to commence the process; small things can
open the door for the world, the
flesh and the devil. The tongue, the emotions, our relationships, our
ambitions, and our reactions are the most frequent channels used to
sabotage the mind.
The mind must decide,
rationally and deliberately, to close
the door to these insidious influences, and to “tie off any
If we have
objects that influence us and
cause us to stumble; if there are any desires that Satan, the world, or
the flesh uses to trip us up; if there is any
relationship that hinders our
obedience to God, it must be dealt with. If there is anything that is a
source of temptation to us,
that causes us to make wrong decisions, we need to reject it. We must
not give the devil an opportunity to wreck havoc in our lives.
If you want to keep
the lion out, don’t leave the door open!
If you want to avoid an electric shock, don’t leave
live wires exposed.
We need to be
particularly on guard against our television sets, our computers, the
internet, the news media, the entertainment world, and the world of
commerce and business!
PRE-EMPT SATAN’S STRATEGY
To pre-empt means “to
get in first” – to disable your enemy before he can hit you.
“Or how can anyone
enter the strong man’s house and carry off his property, unless he
first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house.”
Remember the 1967,
6-day war, when Israel captured the Sinai? Trouble was brewing. Egypt,
Syria and Jordan were preparing to attack Israel. Then in a brilliant
move, Israel pre-empted the attack and destroyed the military aircraft
of those three nations, on the ground, before they could take off. Good
And we should learn
to pre-empt our enemies’ schemes. Why should we wait until they attack
before taking up our weapons?
If we are going to
live and work for God, we should know that our three enemies - Satan,
the world, and the flesh, are going to attack us! So we must pre-empt
their schemes through prayer, wearing
the full armour, and
walking in the Spirit.
We must take steps
beforehand, to counter the enemies’ attacks. That’s why we should pray
before driving the car, and commit all our movements, activities and
plans to the Father - beforehand.
Never think the devil
is going to be kind to you. And don’t try to make a deal with the
devil, such as, “I’ll leave you alone if you leave me alone.” That won’t
work! Even if Satan signed a bond, he would have no intention whatever
of keeping it.
cannot appease our three
enemies – we must pre-empt
them, and resist them in the
Name and power of our Heavenly Master.
We need to thoroughly
check our lives and homes, to see if there are channels that are still
open to our three persistent enemies. We must cut off those channels!
Any charms, or
superstitious objects; anything of a magic or occultic nature; any idol
or object of false worship; anything that our conscience tells us is not
right; any doubtful books, literature, or art; anything that could have
demonic influence; any cassettes or videos that our conscience is uneasy
about; anything that could be a source of temptation to us or to others
- we need to get rid of them all!
seems impossible for you to get
rid of these things, that underscores the fact that an evil stronghold
has indeed built up in your
life, and you need deliverance. The strongholds need to be thrown down!
A real problem with
many Christians is that they
half-heartedly want to be free. They don’t really want to be
completely set free. They want “the best
of both worlds.” They want a
lessening of the obsession and bondage, but
not total emancipation. They
don’t want to be drunk, but they want to be “happy.” They don’t want
holiness; they want a good feeling! You’ve heard of the alcoholic who
said, “Yes, I want to be free of drink. But please don’t ask me to give
up the bottle!”
Obsessions help the
buildup of strongholds, and strongholds enable obsessions to flourish.
Obsessions are a major problem, and
double-mindedness is a problem. Unless we have a genuine,
earnest desire for freedom from them, it won’t happen.
The Master will break
our obsessions, and deliver us even from our double-mindedness, if we
truly thirst for
righteousness, and seek Him will all our hearts.
‘Y’shua stood and
cried out, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” (John
“I love those who
love Me; and those who seek Me
diligently will find Me.”
If you don’t feel
thirsty; if you feel double-minded, or doubtful, or negative in any way,
you need to confess that to
God. And then make a deliberate, determined, (even desperate) decision
to seek the Lord for a breakthrough – for the breakdown of the
My friend, don’t
allow your feelings to
control you and to determine your response. Feelings are deceptive and
fickle. It is the Word of God that must determine your attitudes and
response. Leave your feelings aside, and make a
deliberate response based on the
Word, which you inwardly know, is true.
will be a result of what you believe,
confess, forgive, renounce and
BE FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT a
“Do not get drunk
with wine, for that leads to unrestrained behavior, to
a breakdown of morals and to wastage. Instead
be filled with the Holy Spirit.”
“Filled with the
Spirit,” and “walking in the Spirit,” should be our continuous
experience. But any sin, anything carnal, will put us back into the life
of “the flesh.”
To be restored to
fellowship with the Master and to continue to be filled with the Holy
Spirit – the place of empowerment – we need …
i. to confess all
our known sins
ii. to forgive and
be reconciled with our “brother”
iii. to reactivate
our faith – our trust – in God
iv. to reaffirm our
covenant-relationship to the Master
v. to submit to the
sovereignty of Christ
vi. to present our
bodies as a living sacrifice to God
vii. to walk in faith
To effectively take
these steps we will need to take stock of our lives and relationship
with the Master. The next section is meant to help us do that.
TAKE STOCK OF YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
The believer needs,
periodically, to stock take – to take stock of his spiritual life and be
filled with the Holy Spirit, so that he might overthrow any evil
stronghold, and be freed from bondage and besetting sin.
We all know that we
need to walk in fellowship with our Master, and as much as possible, to
be at peace with all men. But to actually
do that, is often our problem.
Let’s face this
reality - there is such a thing as human
responsibility. Each one of us has been given the ability to
make decisions. And we have a responsibility of making right decisions,
and to act upon them.
CONFESS ALL KNOWN SIN
“But if we walk in
the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Y’shua the Messiah, His Son, cleanses us from all sin
... If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous and will
forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1
John 1:7, 9)
It’s the blood of the
Lamb of God that cleanses believers from all sins – the blood, of
course, refers to the atoning work of the Messiah on the cross. This is
God’s provision for our walk in fellowship with Him. To confess our sin
is to acknowledge that we have sinned against God. It is to acknowledge
that our sin is
sin, and not merely a
“mistake.” Confession brings cleansing, and a restoration to the
enjoyment of the forgiveness that was obtained for us at Calvary. It
restores us to fellowship with the Father and the Son.
“How blessed is he
whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. How blessed is
the man to whom YHWH does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there
is no deceit!” (Psalm
Forgiveness is not
only receiving forgiveness,
but also forgiving others –
forgiving those who have wronged us.
“Be kind towards one
another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God in the Messiah
also has forgiven you.”
The Master said that
if there is anything between us and our brother, we must go and put it
If your brother won’t
be reconciled, then pray and leave it to the Master to sort out. But by
all means, forgive him! Yes, people may do evil things against us, but
if we refuse to forgive them, the resentment builds up in our own
hearts, in our own minds, and
that itself becomes another satanic stronghold.
Satan will use your
feelings of bitterness, resentment and revenge, to defeat you.
For your own well being you must forgive!
For your own spiritual victory, you
must forgive. No matter what
anybody has done against you; no matter what they have said against you;
no matter how much they have slandered you, you
must forgive. Otherwise you will
go on living in defeat, and will never get rid of the strongholds that
are ruining your spiritual life, and quite possibly your physical life
RENEW YOUR FIRST LOVE
“But I have this
against you, that you have left your first love. Remember then from
where you have fallen, and repent and do the works you did at
first; or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand out
of its place - unless you repent.” (Revelation
Do you remember the
time when you called on the Lord Jesus and experienced His love and
saving grace? Remember the joy that followed? Remember the love you had
for the Saviour who so loved you that He suffered and died for you?
Remember how you wanted to serve Him and live for Him? You loved to be
in the Presence of the Master, and in the presence of His people.
How is your love
now? Has the first love cooled down? Has it dissipated? Has it become
lukewarm? Has your devotion to your loving Master lost its deep joy?
Have you lost the excitement of reading His Word? Has your love
relationship become strained? Has the spiritual life become tiresome?
Has the pressures of life robbed you of your first love? Has another
goal or joy become an obsession, so that the Saviour must now take a
Maybe you are feeling
guilty about it. You wish the joyous relationship might be renewed, but
you find yourself bogged down by cares and burdens. How to get back to
your first love?
The Master says
repent! So confess this sin of allowing other things to displace your
love for the Saviour.
REJECT ANY FORM OF IDOLATRY
keep yourselves from idols.”
The apostle here is
talking to Christians! An idol can be any object, person, goal or
passion that robs God of His rightful place in our life.
“You shall have no
other gods before or besides Me. You shall not make for yourself
any graven image - any idol in the form of anything in
heaven above or on the earth beneath, or in the waters below.”
Stop and reflect on
what takes up your time and thinking - your business, your car, your
computer, your family, your friends, your sport, your entertainment,
your money, your hobbies, your eating and drinking, your sleeping, your
celebrations, your chatting. None of these things are necessarily wrong,
but if any one of them displaces God, or helps to displace Him as the
One you love with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your
might, it is idolatry. (Deut.
We need to identify
the false gods in our lives. We need to confess our
sins of idolatry, and renounce
If we obey the
exhortation of Romans 12:1-2, there will be no room for idols:
“I urge you
therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to
present your bodies a living sacrifice,
holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service and
spiritual act of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the
will of God is - His good, acceptable and perfect will.”
RENOUNCE ANY INVOLVEMENT IN FALSE AND EVIL PRACTICES
We must come to a
point of deliberately renouncing the habits, the idols, and our
decisions and actions that have led to the building up of strongholds. I
repeat, we must deliberately reject and renounce the strongholds and
all their infrastructure. Trying
to brush them aside will not do. They will just keep growing.
must a complete break from any involvement in witchcraft or any occult
practice; in any false cult or religion; in any evil, corrupt or immoral
“Lay aside the old
self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit,”
and “be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
must reject all deception,
and wholeheartedly embrace the truth
as revealed in the Word of God. We must reaffirm our faith in the Word
– not watering it down, not bypassing it, not trying to explain it away
and making it compatible with our carnal patterns.
“How can a young man
cleanse his way? By observing and living according to Your
THROW OFF THE SIN THAT LEECHES ON TO YOU
That’s what has been
called the “besetting sin.” Here is an amplification of Hebrews 12:1-2
“… let us also throw
off every weight, every encumbrance, every hindrance, and
particularly the sin that most readily assails, entangles and
leeches onto us, robbing us of spiritual strength; and let us run
with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on
Y’shua, the Author of the Faith and the One who completes and
perfects our faith.” (Hebrews
Besetting sins build
up strongholds. And strongholds perpetuate besetting sins. It is a
dangerous circle. We’re told to lay aside, and throw off these sins that
leech on to us.
Easier said than
done? Of course, in our own power it is virtually impossible. But the
book of Hebrews presents the Messiah as totally adequate to meet all our
“For this reason it
was essential that He be made like His brethren in every respect, in
order to become a merciful and faithful high priest in things related to
God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people.”
(Propitiation = atonement or expiation - to deal with sin, to fulfil the
righteous judgment of God against sin, to acquit sinners and to
reconcile them to the holy God. This is all made possible through the
sacrifice of the spotless “Lamb of God” - Y’shua Himself.)
since He Himself has suffered in being tempted and tested,
He is well able to come
to the aid of those who are being tempted.”
“Through God we do
valiantly, and He treads down our
He will break down
our strongholds, but we must cease
building bridges to our bondage master. Don’t supply chains
to your captivator. Be done with the habits and enslaving practices! By
the power of Y’shua, break down the castles of unholy imaginations!
Destroy the speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the
knowledge of God, and bring every
thought into obedience to the Messiah. (2
This means the
renewing of the mind, through the Word of God.
“Do not be conformed
to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you
may prove what the will of God is – His good, acceptable and perfect
REBUILD THE BROKEN WALLS
children, do not be conformed to the evil desires you had when
you lived in ignorance, but just as He who called you is set-apart
and holy, you also be set-apart and holy in all
your behavior; because it is written YOU SHALL BE SET-APART, FOR I
[Lev.11:44] (1 Peter 1:14-16)
The people of God are
set-apart by the Messiah, and they need to maintain their separation –
the walls of holiness – and the word of their testimony.
This does not mean
that the believer should be isolated, insulated, self-centred and
unapproachable, with little to do with the people in the world. Rather,
he is in the world, but not of it. The walls of separation are not to
make you a Fort Knox, but to keep evil
Take any compound
wall. Why was it made? To keep thieves, robbers, and all unwanted things
out. And anyone or anything that robs you of your walk with the Master
is a thief. Pity on you if you make friendship with thieves, and bring
them into your compound.
“Do you not know that
friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Therefore whoever
decides to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.”
This is the Word of
God directed to believers, my friend. This is the Word that we must
affirm, is absolutely true!
Are there any cracks
in the wall of our separation and holy testimony? Look! Maybe you will
find that a whole section of the wall is breaking down. There may be
some not-so-obvious holes where thieves come in to steal. Is our wall in
The walls of
separation, and the word of our testimony can be broken down by
our own actions, or neglect. Any
sin will make a crack in the wall, and it doesn’t have to be a sin like
murder, adultery, or drunkenness. Even criticism and quarrels will cause
a crack in the wall. Pride is disastrous! Bitterness, selfishness,
dishonesty, lies, under-handedness - all these things will cause
cracks; and cracks will develop into gaping holes. Soon it will be
possible to be right back in the world! Our walls need to be rebuilt and
“You see the bad
situation we are in, that Jerusalem is desolate and its gates burned by
fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall
of Jerusalem that we may no longer be a reproach.” (Nehemiah
Jerusalem can be likened to the church. Brother, it is not only our own
personal testimony, but the testimony of the church as a whole that we
need to be concerned about. And our personal testimony is a part of
happens; when we realize that there are cracks; when we see activity,
anywhere, that’s breaking down the walls of testimony, let us seek to
plug the cracks and rebuild the wall.
If the crack involves
us personally, it must be “plugged” through confessing our sin, and by
submitting ourselves anew to the authority of Christ. But often the
repairing of the walls requires that matters be put right between us and
others, both in the church and outside.
Cracks that are not
plugged will soon widen. A small conflict between two brothers, if not
put right, may become ever more glaring, and may go on for years.
Look friends! Adverse
things may happen; plans and relationships may go amiss, but breeches
must be repaired as early as possible. This calls for humility on the
part of the believer, and a willingness to “stand in the gap.” It means
a positive resistance to demonic forces and to carnal activity by using
the powerful, spiritual weapons of our warfare. If we don’t resist and
put things right, the broken walls will be readily and regularly
penetrated by our three unrelenting enemies, and the buildup of demonic
fortresses will increase.
DECIDE WHOM WILL YOU SERVE?
It is most important
in the endtimes for believers to be clear as to
who they serve, and
who they worship. Do we
actually serve the One who we
proclaim is our Master? It is very possible that we are serving our own
The ancient Israelis
faced this same dilemma, and Joshua laid it on the line for them. They
must decide one way or the other.
“If it is
disagreeable to you to serve YHWH,
choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve: whether
the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the
gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my
household, we will serve YHWH.”
They made the right
decision! And “Israel served YHWH all the days of Joshua, and all the
days of the elders who survived Joshua.”
But later generations
fell into the trap of double-mindedness.
The Messiah, Y’shua,
says to His people today:
“You did not choose
Me, but I chose you, and
appointed you, that you should go and bear fruit, and that your
fruit should remain; that whatever you ask of the Father in My Name, He
may give to you.”
Do we still serve our
Master? Or have we forgotten that on a certain day,
we did pledge our allegiance to the Saviour?
Do we still abide in the True Vine that nourishes and produces choice
fruit in our lives? Or have we promoted the Dikba Vine, and live under
the influence of its beguiling branches?
Let us choose
whom we are going to faithfully
OBEDIENCE ! NOT REBELLION !
insubordinate Christians! “The Redeemed of the LORD in Rebellion!” Good
title for a book, maybe!
If these titles can
be tagged on to us, we are in a dangerous position indeed.
rebellion is as the sin of divination
or witchcraft; and stubbornness, self-will, and
insubordination are as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected
the word of YHWH, He has also rejected you from being king.” (1
We have been called
to obedience to the truth,
not to rebellion.
“Do you not know that
when you present yourselves to someone as servants for obedience,
you are servants of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in
death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness? But thanks be to God
that though you were servants of sin, you became obedient from the heart
to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been
freed from sin, you became servants of righteousness.” (Romans
children, do not be conformed to the evil desires you had when
you lived in ignorance, but just as He who called you is set-apart
and holy, you also be set-apart and holy in all
“I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your
bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your
reasonable service and spiritual act of worship. And do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what the will of God is - His good, acceptable
and perfect will.”
bodies as a living sacrifice” does not mean presenting our
bits and pieces to God. It means
surrender of our whole lives! And if that seems too demanding, remember
that it is God’s intention that we should …
width, length, height and depth of the Messiah’s love - and to know this
love which surpasses knowledge so that you may be filled with all the
fullness of God – that you may become a body wholly filled and
flooded with God Himself!”
(Ephesians 3:18-19 Amp.)
Our Saviour is a
loving Master, not a
loose our lives in Him, is to
find life indeed. To
surrender to His control is both
a wise and an essential step in overthrowing the insidious strongholds
that inflict frustration and misery in our lives.
If God asked you to
sacrifice a sheep, or to give a sacrificial cash donation once a year,
you would probably do it. But …
“Samuel said, ‘Has
YHWH as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in
obeying the voice of YHWH. Look!
To obey is better than
sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.”
The sacrifices that
God desires are the sacrifice of
sacrifice of a broken and
sacrifice of thanksgiving
sacrifice of praise (Heb
13:15), and a sacrifice of ourselves
- as a living sacrifice
12:1) – to do
His will. These are our daily sacrifices.
FELLOWSHIP WITH BELIEVERS
In seeking to
overthrow strongholds in our lives, or elsewhere, we may need the
fellowship of at least one believer who will stand with us, and pray
with us. The Saviour encourages believers to gather together in 2’s or
3’s, and to agree, and to ask in His Name.
You may be able to
confidentially share your problem with a trusted person, but you are not
obliged to confess your sins to anyone except God.
It is true, James
your sins to one another, and pray for one another, so that you may be
healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.” (James
James is referring
here to faults and sins between believers, and to the need to apologise
and seek forgiveness and the restoration of fellowship.
But you don’t have to
make any person your “father confessor,” or “mother confessor.” As a
believer you are a priest, and you are invited to come directly
to God through Jesus Christ, and you need to confess your sins
to Him alone!
Sometimes it may
bring relief by sharing about your sin or problems to another person.
But it is not always wise to do so, for the simple reason that there are
few people who can be trusted to keep total confidentiality. Some may
assure you they will keep it to themselves, but later they will “feel”
that they must “share” it with someone else. Or often they just let it
“slip out.” Remember the tongue is very hard for most people to control!
And the next thing is that a “dikba gossip vine” begins shooting
up, and prejudice, hypocrisy and rejection follows. You are then likely
to fall out with the person you first confided in, and trusted.
Sins confessed to God
are forgiven, and He remembers them no more. (Jeremiah 31:34). There is
no spiritual benefit in publicizing the sins of a believer in private or
public. That inevitably feeds the gossip vine. The news media delights
in doing that! It’s news, you
In times of great
revival, however, when the Spirit of God is moving mightily and there is
a yearning to get right with God, it is common for “everyone” to
publicly confess their sins. But at such times there is a spirit of
love, forgiveness, and respect prevailing throughout the church. And
love covers a multitude of sins! (1
If two or three
believers know there is a problem, a stronghold, and are willing to join
together in prayer, and to come against the stronghold, they can help to
bring it down. And their unity of faith and authority against the
stronghold needs to persevere, for sometimes it may involve a prolonged
battle. After the deliverance there may be a relapse, for satanic forces
will always seek to come back in greater numbers or power. But we must
proceed from victory to victory, knowing that this battle is the LORD’s.
As well as receiving
cleansing, and brotherly understanding, a person who has been afflicted
and defeated by a demonic stronghold, needs to be
built up in his spiritual life
and personality. He needs a
gracious touch by the hand of
the Master, and the support of human hands as well. The fellowship of
spiritual believers is important, for the person’s mind needs to be
renewed, his conscience re-sensitized, his faith strengthened, his
appetite for and enjoyment of spiritual food stimulated, and his
participation in the life of God restored.
WEAPONS OF YOUR WARFARE
Our Master has not
left us defenceless. He has not said, “O.K., get out there and do
something; make the most of what you’ve got and do whatever you can.”
No! He trains us; He gives us weapons, and He shows us how to use them,
and what His strategy is. Our legitimate weapons are
spiritual, and they all come
from the Commander of the armies of the LORD of Hosts. The Master will
never give you a weapon, or expect you to use a weapon that is not
In the spiritual
conflict, we should have no confidence in the flesh – our natural
abilities. Our confidence must be entirely in our Heavenly Master!
“Put on the whole
armour of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes
and strategies of the devil. For our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against authorities,
against the world-rulers of the darkness of this age, against the
spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
Your fitness and
combat-readiness will depend upon your
relationship to your King, Y’shua the Messiah.
“No soldier in active
service entangles himself with the everyday affairs of life,
because he wants to please the one who enlisted him.” (2
When the Scripture
“Fight the good
fight, keeping faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected
and suffered shipwreck in regard to their faith,”
it is not saying
“fight with all your might.”
We are to fight in
His might, and in His
authority. We must be
strong in the LORD, and that means we are to put on the full armour that
He provides. And that is not a physical armour. The armour we wear is
all that the Master is
in us, and all that
He has provided for us.
Y’shua is our armour, and our
weapons. “The Messiah in you,
the Hope of Glory.”
PUT ON THE FULL ARMOUR OF GOD
“Therefore take up
the full armour of God, that you may be able to resist in the
evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
“Stand then, having
fastened the Belt of
Truth around your waist, and having put on the
Breastplate of Righteousness,
and having put footwear in
preparation and readiness to proclaim the
Good News of Peace; above all,
having taken up the Shield of Faith
with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming missiles of
the evil one.
“Take also the
Helmet of Salvation, and the
Sword of the Spirit, which is
the Word of God, praying in the Spirit at all times, with every
prayer and supplication. To this
end, keep alert and watch with all perseverance, interceding for
all the set-apart people of God.” (Ephesians
In this passage,
seven pieces of armour are
mentioned. The Apostle is not saying, “Here are seven pieces of armour;
use one or two of them.” No! We need the
full armour. And dear believer,
every one of those “pieces” is Y’shua.
The Belt of Truth
Y’shua is “the Way,
the TRUTH, and the Life.”
He is truth. And as we are
“in Christ,” our defensive armour, our offensive weapons, and our
demeanor and life must be that of Truth. The truth of the Word needs to
permeate us, and surround us. We must
know the truth, and practise
If we try to work for
God, or to fight against strongholds with
falsity, we will fail. And all
we will be doing is producing wood, hay and stubble.
Truth is something we
must deliberately choose.
And remember, exaggeration
is not truth. Truth is truth!
Compromising the Word of God is
not truth. To “water down” the truth, to “shelve” the truth, or to
reject the truth, will, in fact, be an
unbuckling of the belt that we must wear. And if our belt is
not buckled, our whole attire will be flimsy. So buckle
lies of the devil, and the
lies of the world. Guard
against the lies that come
from our carnal nature.
But how can we tell
what is truth and what is a lie?
sum total of Your Word is truth;
and every one of Your righteous judgments is everlasting.”
The Breastplate of Righteousness
Y’shua is the
Righteous One, and
He is our RIGHTEOUSNESS.
Remember, Y’shua is the physical manifestation of Yahweh, the Eternal
“And this is His Name
by which He will be called; ‘YHWH our RIGHTEOUSNESS’.” (Jeremiah
“We have an advocate
with the Father - One who pleads our cause - Y’shua the Messiah, the
“But by His doing,
you are implanted in the Messiah, Y’shua, who has become to us
wisdom from God, and righteousness,
sanctification, and redemption.” (1
Our breastplate is;
firstly, the righteousness of Christ imputed to us. The righteousness of
Christ protects our most vital part - our heart.
breastplate is our positive attitude of righteousness, which is
expressed in our walk of righteousness.
“Blessed are those
who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be
The Footwear of the Gospel of
We need the right
“boots.” Rubber thongs or sandals are not at all suitable for warfare!
We need to be equipped with the good news of salvation that we have
personally experienced. And we must be prepared to
go for God, and to share good
news with others – believers and unbelievers.
“How lovely on the
mountains are the feet of him who brings good news; who announces peace
and brings good news of happiness; who announces salvation, and says to
Zion, “Your God reigns’!” (Isaiah
There are many false
‘gospels’ that men proclaim, but we preach the Gospel of Peace, the
Gospel of the King of Peace. We don’t preach a worldly liberation
theology, or a gospel of violence, retaliation, and terror. Our gospel
is Y’shua; and He is the power of God that liberates people from the
violence of sin.
The Shield of Faith
Y’shua is “The
Faithful and True.”
Our relationship to Him is one of faith, for we walk by faith in Him,
and not by sight.
Cor. 5:7). The
Messiah is our SHIELD through faith.
“As for God,
His way is perfect. The Word of YHWH is proven.
He is a Shield to all who trust
and take refuge in Him.”
Our shield is
secondly, a life of faith.
God has given each one of us the seed of faith, and this must become an
effective shield. We need a practical experience of faith in the living
The Shield of Faith
is defensive, and it enables us to extinguish or ward off the flaming
missiles of Satan.
My reader, this is
not a fairy story or imagination. This is a reality! The symbol of the
old-time warrior’s shield may seem archaic these days when we talk about
nuclear shields, and nuclear umbrellas. Well, if you like, you could say
we need a mighty umbrella shield of faith to search and destroy the
guided missiles of the enemy. And I don’t mean a flimsy umbrella that
will turn inside out with a heavy gust of wind. We need one that will
stand the spiritual cyclones of these end times.
“..and this is the
victory that has overcome the world -
our faith.” (1
What is faith? It is
simply trusting God. The
Word says, “God has spoken!” And we believe Him. So whenever a missile
is launched against us, we say, “Master, I trust You.” And not only do
we say it; we
do it! We
trust! We know
who we are trusting, and it’s
this exercise of faith, trusting in the Master, that enables Him to
bring about the victory.
Now that may all seem
very easy, but remember, you have to put
faith into practice.
implicit faith in God is
essential for victory. Faith is trusting God for the breaking down of
the strongholds; it is trusting God for the reality and fulfillment of
His promises. Faith says, “I cannot do it, but God can! Therefore I must
trust in Him!”
“We should not trust
in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead; who delivered us from so
great a peril of death, and will deliver us, He on whom we have set our
hope. And He will yet deliver us.”
happens, when an attack comes, don’t throw up your arms in the air!
Don’t start crying! Don’t start running here and there looking for
human aid! Lift up the
shield of faith, and say,
“Master, I trust You, for You
are my Shield; You are my victorious Commander in this situation. I
trust You for the answer! I am trusting You for protection, for peace,
wisdom, sanctification and victory.”
The Helmet of Salvation
Y’shua is our
SALVATION. He is the Redeemer, the Deliverer. And He is the One who
protects our mind, and renews our mind. He is our Helmet.
“Adonai, now let Your
servant depart in peace, according to Your Word; for my eyes have seen
Your Yeshu’ah - Your Salvation.”
“YHWH is my Light and
my Salvation; whom shall I fear? YHWH is the Refuge - the Stronghold
of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
It’s not only ancient
warriors who need to wear helmets. Those who ride two-wheeled vehicles
in our modern, mad-rush thoroughfares, realize the value of head
protection. Without a helmet, one heavy crack of the skull means it’s
all over! Yet many foolishly refuse to protect their heads.
A spiritual helmet is
indispensable for the protection of the mind, where our decisions and
responses are made.
The mind is the main
arena of spiritual battle, and our minds must be protected by the
Salvation of Y’shua. (His Name means Yahweh is salvation). He is our
Salvation, and we need a practical knowledge and outworking of His
Salvation – a daily experience of His salvation - so that our mind will
be free from the exploitation and accusations of the devil.
When Satan tries to
fire a guided missile into our minds; when Satan comes and says, “You
are a low-down dirty Christian,” we can immediately say, “I am cleansed
and saved by the precious blood of Y’shua the Lamb of God. He is my
Saviour, and my Righteousness. He is my Shield, and I know it!”
It is not only a
theoretical, doctrinal knowledge of Salvation, but a demonstration of
God’s saving power in our
life, that we need.
The Sword of the Spirit
Y’shua is the Word of
God, and the Sword of the Spirit.
“… a white horse
appeared, and He who sat upon it was called Faithful and True
… the Name by which He was called was, The Word of God ... Now from His
mouth comes a sharp two-edged sword with which to strike the
Y’shua has given us
the Word, and He teaches us to apply the Word.
The sword is for
offensive use. And this Sword is a very powerful weapon. But we must
know the Word, be
motivated by the Word, and use
it with authority. The Bible
is not a collection of opinions. It is the
Sword of the Spirit. It is a
powerful weapon, and must be used correctly and skilfully.
Word of God is alive! It is
powerful, active and sharper than any double-edged sword; it cuts right
through even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and
marrow; and it judges the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Let us examine our
intake of the Word of God. Is
it adequate for the spiritual battles? And have we learned to use – to
apply – and to obey the principles of the Word?
All Prayer and Petition
Y’shua is the One who
intercedes for us. And it is in His Name that we pray with authority.
“Therefore He is also
able to save completely and forever those who come to God through Him,
since He always lives to intercede for them.”
“All authority has
been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore …”
“If you ask anything
in My Name, I will do it.”
Prayer is not a
begging bowl, my friend. Prayer - the prayer of faith - is a
is a spiritual principle. God already knows what we need. He knows our
problems and situations. We don’t have to wail, as though God is
reluctant to answer our prayers. The prayer of faith pleases God, for it
is something that He uses to open doors, and to set in operation the
circumstances that will bring about victory for the Kingdom of Light.
When we call to Yahweh in faith,
He responds and does battle with demonic forces.
We need to check our
prayer life - is it strong?
If it is weak, then that may be one more reason why our lives are weak,
our walls of separation and holiness are broken down, and the enemies
continue to build up strongholds in our minds.
We could spend a
lot of time amplifying this subject of prayer as a weapon,
including, the necessity of continuous
praise to God. (See
for example, 2 Chronicles 20:14-22)
So, my reader, that’s
your seven-piece armour and weapons equipment. It’s all to do with
Y’shua our Master.
HOLINESS AND AUTHORITY
There is what we
might call an eighth part of
our equipment – a holy life,
linked to the authority of
Right Hand and His
Holy Arm have brought
salvation and given Him the victory.”
The Right Hand is His
Absolute Authority. The Holy
Arm is His Awesome Attribute.
Together they give Him the victory.
The believer is in
the place of authority
because he is positioned “in the Messiah.”
“But God, being rich
in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we
were dead in transgressions, made us alive together with the
Messiah - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up together, and
made us sit together in the heavenly
realms in Messiah Y’shua. (Ephesians
The believer also
partakes of Messiah’s holiness,
His divine nature as he takes hold of the promises of God, and walks in
“His divine power has
given us everything needed for life and reverence, through the true,
personal knowledge of Him who has called us by and to His own
glory, virtue and excellence. For by these He has given us His
precious and magnificent promises
in order that through them you might become
partakers of the divine nature
and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”
The believer’s holy
testimony is a weapon against the powers of darkness. But if he is
walking in the flesh, he will not be able to effectively exercise faith
and authority. It is not very sensible to try to put the armour of God
on, over the body of carnality. It can’t be done! First we must confess
our sin, receive the cleansing, and then put on the garments of praise,
and the whole armour of God.
THINGS ARE POSSIBLE TO HIM WHO BELIEVES
Once we understand
that it is Satan’s strategy to build strongholds in minds and
lives, we can begin to diagnose his schemes in our own lives, in the
church, our neighborhood, and in society. And then we can take a stand
against the wiles of the devil, the world, and our own carnal nature.
As long as we think,
“Oh it’s just
me. I can’t change, I’ll never be any different!” we are
where Satan wants us to be, and the strongholds will never be broken.
But the Messiah has assured us that all
things are possible to him who believes. (Mark
“Now to Him who is
able to do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine, according to His
power that is at work within us.”
EQUIP OTHERS ALSO !
We don’t send all our
crippled men to the battlefront, do we? We don’t starve and treat our
soldiers badly, until they suffer from malnutrition and are demoralized,
and then send them out to fight. We don’t give them the poorest food; we
give them meat, protein and vitamins so that they will be strong. And
that’s what all believers need for their spiritual lives – good
solid food - the Word of God.
I pray that this
study will be milk and meat and encouragement for all my readers. If
you understand these things, I
charge you, teach them to others.
As Paul said:
“And the things which
you have heard from me through many witnesses, entrust these to faithful
men who will be competent to teach others also.”
Praise Yahweh for His
provision and authority. And believer, let’s take up the spiritual
weapons that are divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
bring every thought into captivity to the Master,
His enabling power, destroy every lofty thing
raised up against the knowledge of God.
Corinthians 10: 3-5)