SPIRITUAL WARFARE and KINGDOM STRATEGY
KNOW YOUR WEAPONS!
We are not unaware of the schemes of the devil. He
certainly has ways to distract, to create doubts and to
hinder the reception of the truth of the Word of God. So
as we come to ‘KNOW
and how to effectively wage spiritual warfare, let us
look to our Sovereign Master in prayer and by faith,
take His authority. Let us praise God for every
provision that He has made for the victory of His
“Our Almighty God, we exalt You in our midst. Our
testimony is that You are Yahweh El Shaddai. Father, we
praise You for the provision that You have made for our
victory in the Messiah. We testify, Lord Jesus, that You
are the Victorious Saviour. You shed Your blood on the
cross of Calvary, and You rose again from the dead, and
You are now seated on the throne of God in the place of
authority, above every power.
“In Your mighty Name, Y’shua Messiah, we resist the
powers of darkness seeking to hinder the truth as we
study this subject. Take control of our minds and
concentration, Master, and lead us into greater
understanding and application of our spiritual weapons.
We ask this in the authority of the Name which is above
all names - the Name of Y’shua. And we give Him the
glory, for He is LORD, our victorious Conqueror, the
Most High. Hallelujah! Amen!”
IT’S NOT A
You may sometimes feel you are a pawn in a game; a piece
of a jigsaw puzzle. But we are in a spiritual warfare.
It is not merely
a warfare, it
a warfare. It is not a game that God and Satan are
playing. It’s war between holiness and righteousness,
and evil and corruption!
Read Ephesians chapter 6:
my brethren, be strong in the
Master, and in the strength of His power. Put on
the whole armour of God,
that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes
of the devil.
For our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
authorities, the world-rulers of the darkness of this
age, against the spiritual forces of evil in the
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
your waist, and having put on
the BREASTPLATE OF
and having put shoes on
your feet 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,
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
This war is not only real, it is
and we well know that millions of people have already
perished, and are in Hell right now. How many are
waiting for the final judgment! Some people preach
universal restoration - that is, that everybody will
eventually come back to God. But I do not find that in
There are a few verses that may seem to suggest ultimate
salvation for everybody, but as we study the Word of
God, we see that the Lake of Fire is permanent, and
The war in which we participate is also
It is not an odd fight, now and then, although at times
the battle may be fiercer. This is a war that goes on
every minute of every hour, 24 hours a day, 366 days in
a year. It’s non-stop! Constant! In this war there are
no breaks; there is no time when you can say, “I’ll lay
aside my weapons and rest awhile.” There are no days
off; no tea breaks. One of the strategies of Satan is,
of course, to get you to take breaks, and to lay down
your weapons - for some time at least. (Your
is in the
and that should be continuous in spite of the combat.)
FIFTEEN STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS
We have often been defeated because we have not
understood or heeded the basic exhortations of the Word
of God. We have not recognised the principles, cautions,
and commands, as
directions. We have allowed ourselves to be backed into
a corner by the enemy, and have been forced to fight on
the wrong ground. We have foolishly resorted to carnal
strategy and weapons and left ourselves open for
needless defeat; we have failed in understanding Kingdom
Strategy, including the basic requirement that we . . .
Start with Victory
At the very beginning, let us recognise,
VICTORY IS THE LORD’S.
Hallelujah ! The Victory is
Our Master is
defeated. He is not half-victorious He is
“His right hand and his holy arm have gained the victory
“Thanks be to God who gives us the victory through
our Master, Y'shua the Messiah.”
Of course, we do encounter angels of light who tell us
that we are on the
side. And I am not surprised if you have had doubts, and
feel at times that YOU are defeated, and that everything
is a big failure. But the victory is the Messiah’s, and
you must proceed
to Victory. You may feel defeated, and indeed you may be
defeated. But while you feel that you must begin with
and must try to press on to Victory, you are at a great
disadvantage. We are to fight, not from defeat to
Victory, but from
You may say, “But I myself,
defeated. That’s reality! I have these habits that bind
me. I have a besetting sin. I am a big loss - no use to
God.” Beloved, your eyes are upon yourself! You’re not
looking at Y’shua. You’re not recognising who and what
your Master is. Your Master is
must take your place in
the Victor. This battle is not merely your battle. The
battle is the
Satan is not primarily fighting against
His war is against
Satan hates you, yes; but he hates you
because you belong to his enemy.
Never think of yourself as separate to the Messiah. If
you belong to Him, you are part of Him. What happens to
Him, happens to you; and what happens to you, happens to
Him. You are in this battle together! And as the
Messiah’s victory is also
victory, take your position in Him, and
with HIS VICTORY
and proceed to the Victory He gives.
When we say, ‘The victory is the LORD’S’, it does not
mean to say that we must take a passive position and
simply sit and do nothing. Some people do indeed adopt
that easy, false attitude which says, “There’s nothing
you can do anyway. You can’t win the Victory, so just
sit down and leave it to the Lord. Don’t worry yourself
about it.” But we
involved in the battles of the Lord. His participation
in the spiritual warfare means our participation in the
There are times in the warfare when the Master says to
us, “Be still. Do nothing but trust. Stand and see the
Salvation of the LORD.” For the most part, however, we
are actively involved in wrestling and fighting; but
notice what Paul says; our wrestle is against
spiritual powers of darkness;
and we don’t fight in a carnal way.
IDENTIFY THE REAL ENEMY
The apostle Paul says, “Our struggle is not against
flesh and blood but against
principalities, against authorities, the world-rulers of
the darkness of this age, against the spiritual
forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
This we must constantly remember;
our combat is never against people.
Our fight is against
of darkness. You say, “This man is my enemy.” No friend,
is not your enemy. If he is an evil man, it is because
there is an evil power influencing and controlling him.
is your enemy! If every believer has a guardian angel,
you can be sure every unbeliever has a patron demon to
encourage him, and that’s why you cannot expect the
world to be really friendly towards you, as a sincere
believer in Messiah.
You may say, “But it’s not the world. It’s a Christian
brother who is proving to be my enemy.” Don’t be
surprised! Satan deputes at least one demon to
influencing, hindering, harassing and defeating each
believer, or potential believer. The man you regard as
an enemy, may simply be a defeated believer who has not
learned to reject satanic influences in his life. You
have to look behind the person who you think is your
enemy and see the power influencing him ... your
supposed enemy may be converted in a moment, so pray for
Saul, who became the apostle Paul, was first the enemy
of the people of God; and yet it wasn’t Saul himself,
it was Satan who was using him. In spite of all his
theological training, his upbringing and position, Saul
was being manipulated by demonic powers. But he was
converted in a moment.
Never see any human as your enemy, even though he may
display all the traits of an enemy. We are told to pray
for our enemies. So pray that God will bind the demonic
activity in them, and that they will be delivered.
In-as-much as they are still in the human race on earth,
they are potentially open to the gospel, and to being
saved and changed by our Redeemer. The real enemies are
the demonic powers of darkness. And it’s not just one
HOSTS OF WICKEDNESS,
working behind individuals and behind circumstances.
BE ALWAYS ON THE ALERT
The apostle Peter says:
“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert, for your
adversary, the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)
To be on the alert means to be extremely watchful. We
must be discerning so that we can recognise any activity
of Satan. If that activity is identified early, it can
be nipped in the bud. Reader, learn to see circumstances
from a spiritual point of view. Things are not
happening by accident. We can almost say,
nothing happens by accident.
Believers know that in their lives, God is working
everything together for good. And of course, Satan seeks
to work everything together for evil. So be on the alert
and discern his activity, and then take up the Shield of
Faith and the Sword of the Spirit.
Be on the alert against subtle temptations. For example;
the temptation to believe that the spiritual principles
of warfare can be applied successfully,
in this particular case I’m facing. Or the temptation to
think, “I’ve made a terrible hash of the situation.
There’s no hope now. I’ve forfeited my chances. There’s
no alternative left to giving up.”
In times of severe combat, Satan will keep suggesting,
“It doesn’t work. See! It doesn’t work.” And instead of
recognising the devilish origin of these thoughts, we
think that it’s only our own mind telling us so.
Be on the alert, particularly after any period of marked
blessing. Satan must withdraw, but he will give a kick
on the way out.
After we have weathered a time of crisis, we may be
inclined to think things should now go smoothly. Don’t
forget the enemy is persistent, and he will always seek
to make a come-back.
RESIST, DON’T RUN!
Peter says, “Your adversary, the devil, prowls about
like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But
resist him, firm in your faith.”
(1 Peter 5:8)
Satan cannot devour the believer. He can intimidate him,
he can harass him, he can discourage him, he can trip
him up, but he can NOT devour, or destroy him, because
the believer is in the hands of the Messiah. But Satan
does have a lot of success through
he makes. In one sense, the roar of a lion never hurts
anyone; but it is possible for someone to hear the roar
of the lion and drop dead from heart failure.
Now Satan is not a lion. He’s a demon. But he goes about
a roaring lion. One of his strategies is to discourage
and to cause people, especially the Lord’s people, to
give up. He roars and we run. And to run away is not
good strategy by any means.
If you are going through the jungle . . . thick bushes
all around . . . just a small track . . . and coming
around a bend, you see a lion striding towards you. What
would you do? Would you turn tail and run as fast as you
could? Would you try to leap up the closest tree? What
would you do? To turn and run, would be the worst thing
to do? With a few quick leaps the lion would be upon
you. And although the presence of a lion might help you
climb a tree in record time, you know you would not have
enough time to succeed. Most of us would freeze
on the spot - automatically. You say
would be praying. Of course! But in this situation, I am
told, the best thing to do is to stand absolutely still
and to stare into the eyes of lion. He may still jump on
you, but to stand firm is your best bet, for your bold
posture can confuse the lion.
Now the tactic of Satan is to roar - to stir up trouble,
pressure, criticism, accusations, problems - a
disturbance in any type of way, to create fear and to
cause us to turn tail and run. I suppose you have been
in situations like that. I’ve been in situations where I
felt I just had to get away from it; to retreat from the
battle, to give up and let whatever, have its way. Satan
wants us to retreat. And tragically, his
can cause believers to do that. Don’t be intimidated by
the roar of the devil!
5. BE STRONG IN THE LORD
You may be inclined to say, “But I am very weak.” Of
course you are weak! You have no spiritual strength of
yourself, and if you think you are strong of yourself,
and if you think your own physical, intellectual or
persuasive power is what you use in spiritual warfare,
then you’ve got a big defeat coming. Yes, you need to
know your own weaknesses, but your
song should not be, “I am weak but thou art strong ...”
That’s the song of the drunkard - every day he sings it,
“I am weak.” Every day it’s the same song. Are we like
The Bible says,
“Be strong in the Lord
and in the power of His might.” Don’t harp on your own
weaknesses, but become strong in the Messiah. If there
is weakness, seek the Master so that He will make you
mighty in spirit. Be strong in Y’shua!
6. DOT NOT GIVE THE DEVIL AN OPPORTUNITY
It’s very easy to open the door for the devil. Just a
few words of criticism will do it; just a wrong reaction
will open the door for Satan. And that’s all the serpent
needs. It does not need to be a big thing; even small
things can open the door for the devil. Particularly, we
have to watch our tongue, our emotions and our
It is so common for Satan to maintain his influence over
a believer by means of various
mediums of temptation.
The mind must decide, rationally and deliberately, to
close the door to bondage, and to tie off any loose
By this I mean, if there are any
that we have that are a source of temptation to us, we
must reject them. Anything that causes you to stumble;
anything that Satan may use to trip you up; any
relationship that hinders your obedience to God, must be
removed, if we would avoid giving opportunity to the
For example, a believer who has had an alcohol problem
had better remove the bottles, (full or even empty ones)
from his home. Remove the objects that stir up wrong
desires. Make no provision for the flesh, Paul says, to
fulfil its lusts.
If you want to keep the lion out, don’t leave the door
open. If you don’t want to get an electric shock, tie
off any loose wires - don’t leave live wires exposed.
You need to check your life and home, to see what
mediums of temptation still exist. Then remove them.
Any charms, or superstitious objects; anything used in
occult or magic practices; any idol or object of false
worship, should be disposed of. Anything that the
conscience tells us is doubtful; any doubtful books or
literature; any doubtful art; recordings that could have
demonic influence; any cassettes or videos that the
conscience is uneasy about, and that could be mediums of
temptation - get rid of them! Don’t give the devil an
opportunity to weaken you!
PLUG THE CRACKS IMMEDIATELY
Any sin will make a crack in the wall of our testimony.
My friend, take a wall around a compound. Why was the
wall made? To keep the wrong people out. Right! But what
about that big crack in the wall? See, a whole section
of the wall is breaking down. There’s a hole in the
right side, and another on the left where the rascals
come in. The wall is in bad shape. It no longer keeps
wrong people out.
The wall of Christian Testimony and Christian Authority
can be broken down by
our own actions.
Any sin, I repeat, will put a crack in that wall, and it
doesn’t have to be the sin of murder, adultery,
drunkenness and the like. Even criticism will damage
the wall. Pride is disastrous. Bitterness, selfishness,
dishonesty, lies, any underhandedness; all these things
will start cracks; and cracks develop into gaping holes.
It easily happens if we do not maintain “the wall.”
“You see the bad situation we are in, that Jerusalem is
desolate and its gates are burned by fire. Come,
let us rebuild the wall
of Jerusalem that we may no longer be a reproach.”
Jerusalem represents the church; and we each one have a
responsibility in maintaining the wall. When something
happens; when we realise that we have caused some
cracks; when we see any activity, anywhere, that’s
breaking down our testimony and faith, let us seek to
plug the cracks and rebuild the wall.
Often this can be done simply through confession; but
often the damage cannot be rectified until matters are
put right between ourselves and others - relationships,
in the church and outside. Cracks not plugged will
widen. If there is even a small conflict between two
brothers and it is not put right, it may go on for years
and become ever bigger. Things happen, plans and
relationships go amiss, but we must seek to rectify the
divisions as early as possible. It calls for humility on
our part, but whatever it costs, we must be willing to
humble ourselves for the Messiah’s sake, because
conflicts, or sin of any kind, enables Satan to slip in
to build a demonic fortress in our lives, and to cause
8. PRE-EMPT SATAN’S ACTIVITY
This means to hit before your enemy can hit you.
“Or how can anyone enter the strong man’s house and
carry off his property, unless he
binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his
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 air-force
- the planes of those three nations on the ground,
before they could start. Good strategy! And we should
not wait until Satan attacks to take up our weapons.
If you are going to work for the Messiah, you know that
Satan is going to attack. So you must pre-empt his
schemes. You must take steps, beforehand, to counter his
attacks. Don’t fall for the temptation to think the
devil is going to be kind to YOU. And don’t try to make
a bargain with him - “I’ll leave you alone if you leave
me alone.” It won’t work! Even if he signed a bond, he
would have no intention whatever of keeping it.
9. KEEP YOURSELF IN COMBAT-READINESS
We don’t send all our cripples to the battlefront, do
we? We don’t starve and treat our soldiers badly, so
that they suffer from malnutrition or are demoralised,
and then send them out. We don’t give them the poorest
food; we give them meat so that they will be strong. And
that’s what I am seeking to do in these messages - to
give you some meat so that you will go out to the front,
strong in the Lord. But I repeat, these things we are
learning - the truths and principles in the Word of God,
must be put into practice.
Your fitness and combat-readiness will depend upon your
relationship to your King, Messiah Y’shua.
“Fight the good fight, keeping faith and a good
conscience, which some have rejected and suffered
shipwreck in regard to their faith.”
(1 Timothy 1:18-19)
“No soldier in active service entangles himself
with the everyday
affairs of day life, because he wants to please
the one who enlisted him as a soldier.” (2
10. BE SOBER
Again brother Peter says:
of sober spirit,
be on the alert, for your adversary, the devil, prowls
about like a roaring lion”
(1 Peter 5:8)
To be sober does not mean to be gloomy. True, some
Christians interpret it that way; “Be gloomy!” No, the
Bible is not saying be gloomy, it says, be SOBER; and
you can be filled with the joy of the Lord even while
you are sober. But if you are not sober, your mind is
under full control. A man given to drinking for
example, is sometimes sober, sometimes drunk. When he is
sober, you can talk to him rationally. When he is drunk,
you can’t get a sensible word out of him. We must be
because these things are vital and serious.
11. DON’T DESTROY YOUR GOOD WORK
What do you think of a man who spends ten years building
a beautiful house, and then dynamites the whole thing in
a few minutes? And that we can do through our pride,
falsehood or unwholesome talk. Wonderful works we may
accomplish, and then boast about it and bring it all
down. The spiritual blessing vanishes.
Dishonesty or any devious method in the work of God can
destroy the results. The prophet Malachi said, “Cursed
is the one who does the work of God deceitfully.” So
whatever we do, let us not be so foolish as to attempt
anything for God in a deceitful way.
then, putting away
falsehood, speak truth, each one of you, with his
neighbour, for we are members of one another . . .
Let no corrupt word come out of your mouth, but only
what is good and needful for building up - words
that may give grace to those who hear.”
DON’T SHOOT YOUR OWN MEN
You will agree, I believe, that this is very important.
Soldiers are sent out to paralyse the enemy. Of course,
in some wars, soldiers take personal revenge by shooting
a fellow soldier, or an officer. And unfortunately,
Christians are very notorious at shooting their own
people. They do not shoot them with a gun, but they draw
a sword. They take the sword of
and slash and cut fellow-believers down. It’s often
pride or self-righteousness, or a hurt feeling that
causes believers to attack each other. Slander is a
false weapon. Yes, we are to take up a sword - but which
sword? Not the sword of slander, but the Sword of the
Spirit of God. Never try to cut your brothers and
sisters down. That’s not your job, and you will be held
accountable for taking it upon yourself to do so.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, uproar, and slander
be put away from you, along with all malice.”
ATTEND TO CASUALTIES
What a type of kingdom is it that leaves its wounded
soldiers to die on the battlefront? No nation will do
that. To see its soldiers dying, unattended will lead to
a complete breakdown of the morale of the army. And we,
as people of God, as soldiers, have to attend to our
casualties in this battle. If any fellow-believer has
had a fall, let us go and lift him up. If he has been
wounded, let’s help him to the “fountain filled with
blood.” Let us encourage one another. Here is a brother
who has fallen into sin - a casualty. Let us go out of
the way, with compassion, to restore that brother.
“Brethren, if a man is caught in any trespass
- in any sin - you who are
spiritual, restore him in a spirit of gentleness. But
watch yourself, lest you too be tempted.”
My heart is heavy, believer, when I look around and see
believers who have fallen and have been left by the
wayside. This situation emphasizes the casualties within
the church itself. If you have people in the church, who
seem to be very religious and spiritual, but are
self-righteously indifferent to brothers and sisters
lying on the wayside, I would say,
are casualties. They are like the man Y’shua told about
- the one who was in the temple and prayed, “God, I
thank you that I am not like these other people.” Let us
attend to our casualties! Let’s encourage and build them
up, that they might become strong and victorious in the
PRACTICE RIGHT REACTION
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you
have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with
patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.” (Ephesians
Circumstances face you every day, and you are compelled
to react in one way or another. Always seek, by the
grace of the Lord, to make a right - a spiritual -
reaction. If someone curses you, bless them. If they hit
you on the cheek, let them hit the other cheek, also. If
they steal from you, bless them. Always seek to have the
mind of Christ, in every reaction. It is so easy to fail
in our reactions, both in the split-second reaction as
well as the premeditated action. We may fail a hundred
times in a day, but sometimes it’s simply because we
don’t even realise that our
reactions are part of the spiritual warfare.
Never take up any weapon that is not spiritual. Never
resort to carnal weapons, weapons like
– they are very evil weapons! Somebody does something to
me, so I return evil for evil. Oh how quickly that
breaks down the walls of my testimony.
which leads to bitter arguments and fighting.
in any way,
are all carnal weapons.
The above are preliminary instructions that we must
follow and be careful about. A fifteenth point is, the
necessity to ...
The Master has not left us defenceless. He has not said,
“OK, get out there and do something; make the most of
what you’ve got and do whatever you can.” No! The Master
trains us; He gives us weapons and He shows us how to
use them, and shows what His strategy is. Our legitimate
weapons and they all come from the King of Kings. The
Master will never give you weapons that are not
THE WEAPONS OF OUR WARFARE
Ephesians six says; “Take the
full armour of God.”
In this passage, seven pieces of armour are mentioned.
And we need
of them. The Apostle is not saying, “Here’s seven pieces
of armour. Use one or two of them.” No! We need the full
The belt of
(v 14). Our whole armour and demeanor is to be girt with
truth. Truth needs to surround you. You must
the truth, and you must
the truth. If you try to do the work of God in an
untruthful way, you will fail. You’ll be doing
something, but it will be stubble.
is not truth. Truth is truth!
of the Word of God is not truth. Compromise of the Truth
is, in fact, unbuckling the belt that we must wear, and
this means our whole attire will be flimsy.
breastplate of righteousness
(v 14). This breastplate is, firstly the righteousness
of Christ imputed to us; and secondly, our positive
attitude of righteousness, which is expressed in a walk
The righteousness of Christ protects our heart - our
most vital part.
“And this is His name by which He will be called,
‘YHWH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS’.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for
for they shall be satisfied.”
shoes of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace
(v 15). This is the good news we have experienced, and
the good news we must share. We must be prepared to
“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 52; 7)
There are many gospels - false gospels that men preach,
but we preach the gospel of peace of the King of Peace.
We don’t preach a worldly liberation theology, or a
gospel of violence. Ours is the gospel of the power of
God that liberates people from the violence of sin.
(v 16). God has given us the seeds of faith, and this
must grow into a shield. We need a practical experience
of faith. Our little faith must grow, and it will - as
we trust God.
The Shield of Faith is defensive, and it enables us to
extinguish the flaming missiles of Satan. Reader, this
is not a slogan or imagination. This is a reality. The
old-time warrior shield may seem archaic these days when
we talk about nuclear shields, and nuclear umbrellas.
Well, we need a mighty umbrella shield of faith. I don’t
mean a flimsy umbrella that will turn inside out with a
heavy gust of wind. I mean one that will withstand the
spiritual cyclones of these end times.
What is faith? It is simply
God. The Word says, “God has spoken” and we believe him.
So whenever a missile is launched against us, we say,
“Father, I trust in You.” And not only do we say it, but
it. We know
we are trusting, and it’s this exercise of faith, this
trusting in our mighty Master that enables Him to bring
about the correct results. Now that may all seem very
easy but remember, you have to
put it into practice.
When anything happens, when any attack comes, don’t
throw up your arms in the air; don’t start crying; don’t
start running here and there looking for
aid! Lift up the shield of faith, and say, ‘Master, I
for You are the Sovereign Master, my victorious Saviour,
in this situation. I am trusting You for the answer! I
am trusting You for protection, peace, wisdom,
sanctification and victory.”
We need to put faith into practice so that we might ward
off the attacks of the powers of darkness.
(v 17). Those of us who have ridden regularly on
two-wheeled vehicles in our modern mad-rush
thoroughfares, realize the value of a helmet. One heavy
crack of the skull, and it’s all over. Yet many
foolishly refuse to protect their head. A spiritual
helmet is indispensable for the protection of the mind,
where our decisions and responses are be made.
The mind is the main arena of spiritual battle, and our
minds must be protected by the Salvation of the Lord - a
practical knowledge of His Salvation - daily experience
of His salvation - so that our mind is free from the
exploitation and accusations of the devil. When Satan
tries to put 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 the Lamb, Y’shua, My Master and
Saviour, and I know it!” It is not a theoretical
knowledge of Salvation, but a demonstration of God’s
saving power in our life that is required.
of the Spirit
is the Word of God (v 17). The sword is for offensive
use. It is a very powerful weapon, so we must
the Word, and be filled and motivated by the Word, and
then we must use it authoritatively. It is not a
collection of opinions. It is
- a powerful weapon, if it is used as such.
“For the 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.”
Prayer and Petition
(v 18). Prayer is not a begging bowl. God already knows
what we need. He knows our problems and situations. We
don’t have to wail before God, as though He were
reluctant to answer our prayers. Prayer - the prayer of
faith - is a weapon. It is a spiritual principle. It
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 the Lord
He responds and does battle with demonic forces.
So that’s the seven-piece armour-equipment. There is an
part of our equipment, which we will emphasize later in
Sometimes we think, “Let me choose a couple of the
weapons that I can handle. I think I’ll be OK with
numbers three and four. That should suffice.” No, says
Paul take the
armour of God.
And now, the seventh weapon - “all prayer,” we should
FIVE ASPECTS OF PRAYER
AS A MEANS OF WAGING WARFARE
PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT
“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.”
In learning to pray in the Spirit, we have to break some
of the habits that we have already learned. Let us start
with the ABC of
WHAT NOT TO DO.
A. Don’t Lecture God.
It is so common for believers to engage in a historical
type of prayer, telling God everything that He already
knows. We don’t have to give God a history lesson,
especially on the events that happened five thousand
B. Don’t Waffle On.
That is, don’t pray vaguely and with lots of words that
don’t mean very much and with irrelevancies that do not
express the real needs. Don’t pray to be heard for
your much talking. Don’t fill up the time with a lot of
empty words. Come to the point. Be specific.
There is a time for long prayers. The Master spent hours
in prayer. He had a lot to pray for. So have we! One
who is strong in Spirit, in one hour, will effectively
pray for very many needs, while another man will pray
for one hour with many words, but will have actually
prayed very little, because of his waffle. There is
indeed much to pray for - many aspects of needs. And we
need to learn through practice, to bring the specific
prayer points to the Father.
We need to make
to the LORD and we do need to be
Some details of the situation need to be spelled out,
for the purpose of focusing faith on those details.
If you don’t ask, you won’t receive
But if you ask in a vague way, then you can expect a
vague answer. For example: If you pray
“I pray for all my family and my country. Meet all their
needs, I pray.”
What do you mean? What are you really asking? How would
you ever know when that vague prayer is answered? Be
specific, and continue to focus in on those specifics!
not turn your Prayer Time into a Worry Session.
I confess, I am inclined to do that – I start praying
about problems, and then turn prayer into a worry
session. When I do so, my prayer time is of little use.
I may as well go and have a good sleep.
If we come to God in prayer and express our worries and
then continue to worry, it means we are expressing our
not faith. And doubt does not obtain the blessing.
But more, Satan is able to manipulate our expressions of
doubt, and turn them against us. He will fan our doubts,
and encourage us, if we don’t recognise his strategy, to
end up with bigger worries at the end of our prayer,
than when we started. Worry can become a satanic
stronghold. So don’t turn your sessions of prayer into
times of worry. Trust the LORD! Tell your Heavenly
Father the problems, and then express your faith that He
will answer and solve them.
Now to list the ABC of
HOW WE SHOULD PRAY:
PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT IS PRAYER GUIDED
AND ENERGISED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT
“In the same way the Spirit also helps us in our
weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should,
but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning
too deep for words; and He who searches the hearts knows
what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes
for the set-apart people according to the will of
But do not think that prayer should be unintelligible -
in groaning or in an unknown tongue. Our prayers must be
intelligent and must focus on specifics so that
might be applied to the details.
The Spirit of God guides us, to keep us from asking
amiss. He prompts us also, bringing to mind the matters
for prayer. He motivates us so that we learn to pray
according to the will of God. But the Spirit also
energizes our prayers. When we yield ourselves to God,
He turns our prayers into something powerful. He enables
us to pray with sincere, uncluttered hearts and minds.
PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT WILL BE THE PRAYER OF FAITH
The prayer of unbelief never obtains God’s answer. In
Nazareth the Messiah Y’shua could do no miracles. He was
powerless, as it were, in His own town, because of
And that’s why the Master does not do much in some of
our churches; because of
unbelief. That’s may be the reason He doesn’t do much in
our lives; because of our little faith or even our
absence of faith. When we come in doubt, we don’t
express faith! But when we do come in faith, when we
express faith, then the Saviour can move. If there’s any
doubt about the fact that
faith in God
is the principle He has ordained, and to which He has
committed Himself, read Hebrews chapter 11.
Prayer in the Spirit is coming to God with deliberate
faith, expectant faith, enabled by the Spirit. This type
of prayer believes the promises of God, and stands upon
those promises. It takes up the Shield of Faith; it
takes up the Sword of the Spirit, and dares to believe,
and to ask. It is confident that God is on the Throne,
and not only is He “able
to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or
think, according to the power that works within us”
but also that God
will do it
- He will answer - in His perfect way and time.
PRAYER IN THE SPIRIT WILL BE PRAYER WITH AUTHORITY
We are not taking authority over God. God forbid! But in
prayer, we take the weapons of faith and we take the
authority the He has delegated to us, to do battle
against spiritual forces. It is taking our throne
rights. It is standing firm in His authority.
This authority is not something we “work up.” It is
already there. It is not a matter of shouting, or
demanding with a loud voice, or fast talk. It is acting
in the authority given to us. And it is praying out of a
quality of life - a holy quality. That quality enables
us to pray with authority.
How do you think prayer works? Do you just come to God
and say, “My God I need this,” and then God thinks for a
moment or two and makes a snap decision, yes or no? No!
It’s not like that. God works in a very
way, and there are far more circumstances that He ties
in than we can imagine. God lines up the circumstances.
I may pray for my son to be saved. He may be involved in
this and that, so I pray, “God, save my son.” Do I
expect God to look up His predestination register and
say, “Yes, he will be saved?” Or do we expect God to
say, “Leave it with me for some time. I’ll think it
over.” No! God responds to our faith and then “works
things together” for the fulfilment of the prayer.
Sometimes we imagine that God’s attitude is; “You’re
asking a bit too much, aren’t you?” Or it may even be
own efforts, payments or probation, as though God were
saying, “Let’s make a deal on this issue.” No! And it’s
not a matter of getting God to sign on the dotted line.
He says, “If
have faith in Me, all things are possible. And if
will enter into the realm of authority where battles are
won, and if you will wait on Me, and persevere in prayer
and faith, then you’ll find that I work all things
together for good.”
The process operates like this: A certain situation,
provocation or problem arises. By God’s grace we are
able to react in the right way; we come to God in faith,
telling Him about the situation, and asking for the
release of His power and for His solution in the matter.
God hears our prayer - if our hearts are right with Him,
and if we have not shelved our authority. God hears our
prayers, and responding to our faith, He sets in
where necessary, to bring about the answer in the right
way and the right time. He thus defeats the schemes of
demonic powers that are influencing men and situations.
SET IN OPERATION
the circumstances that, for example, will bring my son
to the Saviour. If I had
way, I would say, “Lord, please do it on the spot.” But
God says, “My ways are not your ways, neither my
timings, your timings. Your ways, your timings are
imperfect. My way, My timing
perfect. You have asked me for the salvation of your
son. I have heard your prayer; I see your heart; I see
your faith; and because of your
I will move heaven and earth to fulfil your prayer. But
KEEP ON TRUSTING ME
to bring it about in the
way and time that I know best.”
Sometimes God deputes angelic beings to bring about the
circumstances. These are ministering angels. And I am
sure, if the Father opened our eyes, we would be amazed
to see the guardian angels round about us. There are
instances no doubt, where angels keep us from stepping
in front of a car, or cause other circumstances to work
for our good. It doesn’t mean that God always saves from
accidents. God allows all types of circumstances in our
lives, but He works them together for good.
When I say, united prayer, I do not simply mean people
gathering together in one place. Unity in prayer must be
of the heart, in the Spirit, with a right relationship,
one with another, so that we agree on the things that we
ask for. The fact that we may be five hundred people
seated in one place, does not necessarily mean that we
are praying in the unity of the Spirit.
It is important, from the viewpoint of spiritual
warfare, to converse together, in one place, physically,
or online, by phone, or by post, and to seek God
together in spirit. Y’shua said:
“Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth
concerning anything that they may ask, it will be done
for them by My Father who is in heavens. For where two
or three have gathered together in My Name, I am there
in their midst.”
Two or three joining together in prayer, means a
combination of faith. A joining together in prayer,
helps to build a stronger faith. I think you will agree
that strong faith is better than weak faith. Right? Our
faith starts as a grain of mustard seed, but we must
grow in faith. The Lord doesn’t say, ‘Be little in
faith.’ He says, “Be strong in faith.” “Grow in faith.”
The Scripture speaks about perfect faith, which very few
seem to reach. In fact, many of us don’t seem to even
reach strong faith. But a coming together combines our
faith, and stimulates it to become stronger faith; and
this God uses as a means to break the obstacles that are
hindering His work.
CONTINUOUS PERSEVERANCE IN FERVENT PRAYER
The fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much, says
James. We must keep on in persevering prayer, because
needs to keep on. Faith is not for a few days or for
some select circumstances. Faith must keep on going on.
With the believer, it is a constant expression of faith
in a prayer-answering God. Therefore let our faith be
persevering. The heathen practice constant repetition
without true faith attached to it. But that is not what
we are talking about.
Prayer is part of the Spiritual Warfare. Persevering
prayer is not negotiating with God. It is not trying to
persuade God. We don’t need to try to twist the arm of
God. God is longing to hear our prayers. He loves to see
a person expressing faith, because when you express
faith, He can move into your situation.
We are not heard because of our much talking, but it is
correct for us to
in prayer. “Why should we keep on in prayer?” you ask.
“If He hears us the first time, why should we repeat the
prayer?” Looking at this from a warfare point of view,
it’s because God is saying, “Keep on praying, because
when you keep on praying, you keep on expressing faith,
to which I can respond.” And therefore the Spirit of God
keeps on moving.
Don’t be surprised if the going gets tough before the
breakthrough comes. This is to be expected because
satanic forces react violently when their authority is
challenged. They seek to hold sway a little longer, to
try to prove they are not a defeated foe. So don’t give
up! Don’t give up praying. Keep on, until the battle is
won, and the answer is given.
FASTING IN PRAYER
Fasting does not persuade God, but it helps us realize
and feel the urgency of a situation that calls for
spiritual battle. Fasting is not intended to be a ritual
that is practised once a week, twice a month or
whatever. Fasting speaks about the seriousness of a
situation, and the need to wait urgently upon God. When
you are doing battle in prayer, you don’t want to
interrupt your intercession by resorting to food. God
does not answer because you deprive yourself of food,
but because fasting prayer is a concentrated exercise of
faith - of throne rights - when you leave worldly
nourishment aside and participate in the manna from
heaven, in the life that He lives in you, and in the
battles that concern His Kingdom.
Praise is an essential part of our weapons’ “equipment.”
Praise exalts the LORD and proclaims His worth. It has a
tremendous power because it is very positive and because
it is very right; it is full of faith; and it gives God
the glory due to His name. It recognises who Yahweh is;
it affirms faith in the victory of the Messiah, and it
puts circumstances into their right perspective. Praise
expresses a positive, faith-building,
This of course, is something that Satan does not
appreciate; not only the fact that God receives praise,
but also the positive strengthening of believers who
praise the Lord. Praise is a tremendous power; it is a
vital part of victory; so count it as one of your chief
weapons. As an example of praise, let’s read from 2
“Then in the midst of the assembly the Spirit of YHWH
came upon Jahaziel ... and he said, ‘Listen, all Judah
and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and King Jehoshaphat:
thus says YHWH to you.
or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the
battle is not yours but God’s. Tomorrow go down against
them. Look, they will come up the ascent of Ziz, and you
will find them at the end of the valley in front of the
wilderness of Jeruel.
YOU NEED NOT FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE; STATION YOURSELVES,
STAND and SEE THE SALVATION of YHWH
on your behalf. O Judah and Jerusalem, Do not fear or be
GO OUT TO FACE THEM, FOR YHWH IS WITH YOU”.’
“And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the
ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem,
fell down before YHWH,
And the Levites ... stood up to
PRAISE YHWH GOD OF ISRAEL,
with a very loud voice. And they rose early in the
morning and went out to the wilderness of Tekoa; and
when they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said:
“‘Listen to me, O Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
in YHWH your God,
and you will be established. Put your
in His prophets and succeed.’
“And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed
those who sang to YHWH and
THOSE WHO PRAISED HIM IN HOLY ATTIRE,
as they went out before the army and said,
‘GIVE THANKS to YHWH,
for His lovingkindness is everlasting.’ And
WHEN THEY BEGAN SINGING AND PRAISING, YHWH SET AMBUSHES
against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had
come against Judah; so they were routed.” (2
Hallelujah! Praise Yah! The strategy in that battle was
to send out the PRAISERS first. ‘What a strange thing to
do,’ you say, ‘surely you should send out the artillery
first, and your most valiant soldiers.’ No! Jehoshaphat
sent out the praisers, and as they began to praise God,
Yahweh moved in and defeated the enemy.
In this battle, Israel did not need to fight, but they
The army did not take the day off, and go on “rest and
recreation.” They had to face the enemy -
In many other battles they did have to fight. But in
was simply to
in an attitude of faith – of,
There’s power in praise. There’s victory in praise.
Praise is an essential part of our weapons’ system.
THE NECESSITY OF A HOLY LIFE IN WARFARE
A final vital weapon which we cannot ignore, is a holy
life. This is the eighth piece of equipment. In
Ephesians 6, we see the provision of the shoes, the
belt, the breastplate, the helmet, the shield and the
sword. But what about the soldier’s clothes? The clothes
are the believer’s testimony. We are to be clothed with
holiness and humility. This is not holiness of our own
making but that which is produced in us as a result of
the Blood (the redemptive work of the Lamb of God), and
the ministry of the Spirit of God.
The clothes of holiness and humility are not listed in
Ephesians 6:13-18 but they are emphasised, throughout
the whole book.
“Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you
have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with
patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.” (Ephesians
Peter also says, “Clothe
yourselves with humility.”
The believer’s holy testimony is a weapon against powers
of darkness. And the authority of God and the weapons
that we exercise, must be backed by this testimony.
How can we put a divine, spiritual armour on over the
filthy rags of carnality?
Any unholiness will soil and fragment our garments of
testimony, so that we cannot effectively exercise faith
or authority. We must live a holy life. You say, “But it
is very difficult to be holy.” And yet
commands, “Be holy.” God wants us to participate - to
share His holiness - to live in the power of holiness.
The question comes up, what comes first, victory or
holiness? Psalm 89:1 says:
“His right hand and His holy arm gained victory for
His right hand carries the sceptre - a symbol of
authority. His holy arm is the strength of holiness. So
holiness brings victory. But in another sense, they go
together - holiness~victory, just as repentance~faith go
together. We begin with the holiness imputed to us by
Christ, and then press on to “perfect holiness in the
fear of God.”
(2 Corinthians 7:1)
We need to walk with the Master so that whenever we
become conscious of anything that is tarnishing our
life; any failure; we will immediately seek to get right
with God. If you have a fall, you can’t afford to sit
down and cry, and wait two years to get right with God.
Satan will hammer you all the more, as you lie down and
feel miserable for yourself.
No! Get right immediately and go forward in His
holiness. Always remember, your holy living, backing the
use of spiritual weapons, is essential. I repeat,
anything of carnality, of sin; anything of the
self-life, will rob us of the authority and ability to
use the weapons that God has given us.
And sure, Satan will take advantage of any sin we do, or
any wrong reaction, and of any carnality in our life. He
will accuse us, he will harass us, he will rob us, he
will throw us down, discourage us, and put us out of
action. So watch your life, and continually surrender
yourself to God. Grow in the love, grace and holiness of
These are our main divine weapons and equipment. Like
soldiers who check their equipment every day, it is
necessary for us, as believers, to check our weapons -
that we have not laid any aside, and that we maintain
combat-readiness, taking the full armour of God,
including prayer; prayer in the Spirit, the prayer of
authority guided by the Spirit of God, united prayer;
continuous perseverance in prayer; prayer and fasting;
continuous praise; and with a holy life to back it up.
EXERCISE DIVINE AUTHORITY
In our earlier chapter we dealt with the
of the believer. Here I need to emphasize that our
authority to live, work and fight as citizens and
soldiers of the Kingdom of God, is
the authority of the Messiah.
Y’shua is seated on the throne, the place of authority;
and because believers are “in Christ,” they are also on
the throne. He has placed us in that position, and is
training us to reign in life, in association with
Himself. Authority is exercised by faith, on the basis
of who Y’shua is, what He has done, and the position He
of God is authority, because Yahweh is the supreme Ruler
of the universe. He planned it, He created it, and He
made the rules. He prescribed the laws – the
scientific laws, laws of nature, the laws of holiness,
the laws of morality, the laws of spiritual life, the
laws of faith. His Word is supreme authority. Y’shua,
Jesus, is the Word made flesh
He is authority because of who He is.
of the Lamb of God, (which stands for His work on the
cross), provides authority, first, because it was shed
at Calvary, and provides the basis of redemption. It
proclaims Messiah’s victory.
Secondly it has power because it cleanses, heals,
defends, and defeats the schemes of Satan. The Blood of
the Lamb is the defence system against evil. In
Revelation 12:11 we read, they overcame the dragon by
the Blood of Lamb and the Word of their Testimony.
Their testimony was to who Jesus is; and their
testimony, as holy-living people, testified to the power
of the Blood working in their lives.
of Jesus, Y’shua, is authority, because He has been
NAME ABOVE EVERY NAME.
Not only is His Name the highest, but His Position is
When it comes to spiritual warfare, it is not enough to
our commander is the Sovereign Master, our victorious
Master, the LORD Most High - we must
on that reality! It is not enough just to know there is
authority in the Word, the Blood and the Name. By
we must act and exercise that divine authority.
I repeat, authority is not the tone of voice. Satan is
not impressed by people shouting at him. But he is
disturbed, and defeated, by a believer living a holy
life and who stands firm and resists him in the
authority of the Messiah.
A policeman, a judge, an ambassador - all act, not on
the basis of their feelings, but on the basis of the
authority invested in them. And as citizens of the
Kingdom of Heaven, we must act, live, work and fight on
the basis of the authority given to us by our exalted
Exercising divine authority is the means of binding the
activity of the strong man. And that, we must now surely
recognise, is essential. It is part of the work of the
Messiah which we share in - the destroying of the works
THE POWER OF THE SPOKEN WORD
You agree, God’s Word is very powerful. God speaks and
things happen. Through His word, the worlds were
created. Through the spoken word of the Messiah, people
were healed, storms were stilled, and the dead were
raised to life. Through the power of the Word - the
Truth, people are liberated, set free
Through the word, men are analysed, judged and sentenced
(Heb. 4:12 Rev. 19:15).
But the spoken word of God never violates the principles
and laws that the Almighty has established.
God does not use His word power, for example, to
pronounce everybody saved, or evil contained. Where
is needed, God will not overrule and say, “It’s done . .
The power of speech must be
The Lord Jesus used the
to resist the devil. He did not use brute force, or even
“almighty power.” He used the Word - He applied it by
the principle of faith and on the basis of His inherent
authority. We also have been given authority to apply
the power of God’s Word. When we
the Word with conviction, openly, and in faith, our
words are taken up by the Spirit of God, and they become
a means of power to fulfil divine strategy. It is not
enough simply to believe the Word, or to think the Word.
Don’t be afraid to speak aloud when you resist the
devil. Speak out in the authority of the Messiah, resist
the devil, and use the Sword the Spirit against him.
When you pray, it’s often good to pray aloud. That is
also a help to keep your mind from wandering thoughts.
Praying aloud helps you to concentrate. Don’t always
pray on your knees or sitting. Sometimes, go out
walking and pray as you walk before the Lord. If you
are inclined to go to sleep on your knees, then get up,
stand up, walk around and pray. Pray aloud and talk to
Now I want you to note a verse about the spoken word.
“THE POWER OF LIFE AND DEATH IS IN THE TONGUE.”
(Proverbs 15:4. A.V.)
Our spoken word, when it expresses
can release tremendous divine power which generates
life. On the other hand, our spoken word can be a power
of evil, if we permit our attitudes, tongues and words
to be manipulated by powers of darkness which, of
course, they always seek to do.
The spoken word has power, and they who speak, must bear
responsibility for what they say. Men will be judged for
what they say.
The spoken word of man can release power; it can bring
blessing, or it can bring cursing, depending on who is
directing the particular words and motivating the
thoughts behind the words.
Related to this sobering fact, is James 3:10-14:
“From the same mouth come both blessing and
cursing. My brethren,
this should not happen! Does a
spring send out from the same opening both fresh and
bitter water. Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce
olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt
spring produce fresh water . . . But if you have bitter
jealousy, rivalry, contention
and selfish ambition in your heart, do not be
arrogant and do not deny the truth. This type of wisdom
does not come down from above, but is earthly,
natural, unspiritual and
3 :10-12, 14-15)
From the same mouth, these two things should not come,
but tragically, they do! Cursing and blessing. Don’t we
try it? Here is one brother; we pray, “Bless this
brother.” Here is another, and we curse him. We may not
pronounce a demonic curse upon him, but through our
attitude and carnal words we can curse and harm a
You believe it is possible to bless someone, don’t you?
You pray and expect God to bless. You’ve got to believe
that, otherwise, why pray for anyone? You believe God
takes your words of faith, and answers, bringing
blessing to another’s life. This is the power of life in
On the other hand, it’s possible through constant
criticism, slander, bitterness, evil speaking about a
person, to harm that person. It is possible for Satan to
take your words of cursing, bitterness and anger and to
set those things up against a person.
You can do inestimable harm to people through constant
A person who is given to constant evil talk becomes a
force of evil -
a collaborator with Satan
- to hinder the spiritual life of another person, or the
spiritual life of a group or assembly. Anger, slander,
maligning, malicious gossip, can all be listed as
associates of witchcraft and murder. This is the power
of death in the tongue.
learned in cursing
through demonic power. They knowingly use words, to
bring a curse on others.
So much potential
good is cancelled out
by the tongue. Many a
victory is nullified
by the tongue. How stupid it is to think that what we
say is not important. The effectiveness of
a prayer meeting can be cancelled out
in very short time.
Here is a group of people who have come together for two
hours of solid prayer. They pray in the Spirit, and do
battle against powers of darkness. God starts to set in
operation the powers and circumstances to bring about
the results agreed upon during the two hours prayer
meeting. But if after the prayer meeting, those same
people go outside the church and start engaging in
gossip and evil talk, they virtually cancel out
everything that could have been accomplished through
That’s possible because their
faith comes to an end
by all the negative talk. You can destroy your own faith
and the effectiveness of your faith through nonsense
talk. Your evil talk can also bring terrible damage. So
never justify any type of evil talk.
It has no place in the Christian’s mouth!
There is power in your tongue - the power of life and
the power of death. Your tongue can be used either as
the sword of the Lord or as a sword of Satan. If you use
it to slander, it becomes a sword of Satan. If you place
your tongue under the control of the Lord, it will
become a Sword of the Spirit. So choose on which side
your tongue is going to fight. The tongue is so
important. But don’t say, “Well, I’ll just keep my mouth
shut.” You can also bring death by not talking. People
are going to hell because you
for them. You agree, don’t you, that through your lack
of prayers, some people must be going to hell? So let
your tongue be dedicated to God.
Let us use it to pray in the Spirit, and let’s be
careful not to cancel out the faith that we have
exercised, by the things that we say and do afterwards.
When we pray led by the Spirit, God sets in operation,
the forces that will bring about the best results in due
time. He causes all things to work together. He sends
angels to help in the ministry. He brings about the
circumstances. But on the other hand, if we are filled
with negative words and carnal actions, Satan takes up
our words and actions, and sets them up as stumbling
blocks along the way; roadblocks, hindrances both to
ourselves and to others; and these enable demonic forces
to operate and to bring destruction.
Satan, you can be sure, will set all types of
circumstances in array, to bring lives into bondage. He
is so subtle he will use our own words against us. So we
must choose to surrender ourselves to our Master, and
not let ourselves, and particularly our tongues, be
manipulated by Satan.
SEVEN STEPS TO DELIVERANCE
Once we understand Satan’s strategy to build
strongholds in our minds and lives, we can correctly
diagnose many happenings in our own lives and in the
lives of others. Habits have become strongholds; ways of
thinking and behaviour have become strongholds, and 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 to us
to be. We need to be set free from bondage. Strongholds
need to be broken in the Name of the Messiah. Praise the
Lord, the provision is there, in the divine weapons and
“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
arguments and 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)
Here are seven steps to deliverance from strongholds in
“But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, ‘God
is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the
This demands a recognition that of ourselves,
WE CAN DO NOTHING.
It is not trying to work our way out of a situation.
It’s not trying in our own brute strength, to break down
the strongholds, and to break the chains that Satan has
been putting around us. It’s not trying to break down
strongholds in our mind by our own intellectual
reasoning and determination. It’s a coming to the
Heavenly Master, humbly recognising that
He alone can deliver.
“But to this one I will look; to him who is humble and
contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.”
There must be an
Whatever the stronghold is in our life, we must
confess it as evil.
It may be some habit that has developed. It may be fear.
Whatever the stronghold, let us not excuse it and let us
not blame others. Don’t tell God that you are sick when
you are drunk. Don’t blame your wife, when YOU have made
the choice to go on the bottle. Don’t blame others!
Don’t excuse it, but recognise it as YOUR sin, and that
it is evil before the Holy One. Then seek His
“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.”
“Deliver us from evil.”
“But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the
light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
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.”
(I John 1:7, 9)
It’s the blood of Y’shua that cleanses from all sins.
You need to have this firm confidence; the blood of
Y’shua is not a cliché or a slogan. It is a reality; it
means the atoning work of the Messiah on the cross. That
work is the power and defence system of God, that
cleanses, defeats, and protects us from satanic
activities and strongholds.
So confess your sin and claim the promise here, that if
you confess, He will not only FORGIVE; He will CLEANSE,
because the power of His blood – His atoning work - is
applied to your life. From our side, it is
that receives the provision. From God’s side, it’s
THE SPIRIT OF GOD
who comes into us when we believe, bringing all the
benefits of the Atonement to us. He imparts the benefits
of the cleansing power into our lives.
When habits have formed, we must come to a point of
deliberate renunciation of them. We must deliberately
reject and renounce the stronghold, otherwise it will
keep coming back and building up again in our minds.
Don’t continue building bridges to the areas which cause
bondage. Be done with the habits and enslaving
practices. Break down the castles of imagination.
Destroy the speculations and every lofty thing raised up
against the knowledge of God. Make every thought captive
to the obedience of the Messiah. (2
“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.”
“Let us also
lay aside every encumbrance,
and the sin which so easily entangles us.”
This means not only
forgiveness, but also
- those who have wrongfully used us, or who have done
something despiteful against us.
“And be kind towards one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving each other, just as God in the Messiah also
has forgiven you.” (Ephesians
The Messiah, Y’shua, said if you know of anything
between you and your brother, then go and put it right.
If you can’t rectify it, then pray that the Master will
sort it out. But by all means,
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 in us. Satan will use your
feelings of bitterness and resentment to defeat you.
YOU MUST FORGIVE!
For your own well-being, for your own spiritual victory,
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
forgive. Otherwise you will just go on living in defeat,
and you will never get rid of the strongholds that are
Trusting God. Trusting God for the breaking down of the
strongholds. Again, I cannot do it.
God can! But I must TRUST!
“We should not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises
the dead; and who delivered us from such a deadly
peril. He, the One in whom we trust, does indeed deliver
us, and He will continue to deliver.”
(2 Corinthians 1:9-10)
When we seek deliverance, we usually need the
A FEW BELIEVERS,
who will stand with us. We need someone with whom
we can share the problem in confidence.
“Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray
for each other, so that you may be healed. The earnest
prayer of a righteous man
is powerful and effective.”
(Please Note: I must emphasise to everyone; if another
person shares something of their own life and problems
with you, you
Pray with the person about the problem, and don’t sin
against the Lord by going and telling the neighborhood,
by broadcasting it abroad. Don’t even tell a single
person, unless it is a person who is being brought into
the circle of intercession. When somebody approaches you
and feels that they can confide in you, please respect
their trust and share their burden in the spirit of
“But if we walk in the light as He Himself is in the
light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
Y'shua the Messiah, His Son,
cleanses us from all sin.”
(1 John 1:7)
Two or three joining together with you in prayer means a
unity of faith, and this will help to break the
unity of faith and authority
over the stronghold needs to persevere. Sometimes it may
involve a prolonged battle. There may be deliverance and
then relapses, 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 cleansing, and brotherly understanding, a
person who has been afflicted and defeated by a demonic
stronghold, needs a
BUILDUP OF SPIRITUAL LIFE
and for this reason, the fellowship of spiritual
believers is important. The person’s mind needs to be
renewed, his conscience re-sensitised, his faith
strengthened, his appetite for and enjoyment of
spiritual food stimulated, and his participation in the
life of God restored. He needs to become strong in the
Messiah. He needs a gracious
by the hand of the Master.
In closing, remember, in this warfare,
ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE
to him who believes. It comes back to
all the time. So friend, take the divine weapons that
God has given to you. Remember the dangers, and never
take up the wrong weapons. Use only the ones that are
appointed to bring about the defeat of satanic forces.
Our Father in Heaven,
We praise You for the Victory in the Messiah. We praise
Your Name because we are encouraged by Your grace.
Father, You have not left us to do the best we can; and
we recognise that You have made us so much a part of
Yourself, a part of Your strategy, Your plans, and You
have made every provision for our victory.
Oh Father, our prayer, as we complete these lessons, is
that You will enable us to put these things into
practice; that we will remember them this very day, as
circumstances are set up to discourage and hinder us;
that we might grow strong in the Messiah and in the
power of His Might.
Deliver us, oh God, from any strongholds in our lives
that are hindering our walk with You. We bring them to
You Father, and in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, we
cast them down, and bind the activity of darkness in our
lives. Almighty One, we take Your deliverance by faith.
Help us, Heavenly Father, to walk humbly with our
Redeemer and in fellowship with His people. We bless
You, Holy Father, for the Truth of Your Word, and for
the victory of our Saviour. We give You the glory, and
ask in the authority of the Name of Y’shua the Messiah.
This book is quite different to our usual prophecy and
current events-type messages, but it is an essential
complement to the teaching on the endtimes and the near
return of the Messiah.
To know about endtime conditions; to know about the
progress of the doomsday generation; to know the
prophesied scenario of the nations and the events that
are soon to afflict the world; to know about the Bible
revelations of the Great Tribulation and the rise of
Antichrist; to know all these things, I say, can be
very depressing and unsettling if we do not know how to
stand against the satanic forces and how to combat the
fiery missiles of the enemy.
If we were obliged to take a pessimistic view and to act
as powerless spectators of the distressing conditions,
and simply take encouragement in the coming of Y’shua to
save us from the wrath to come, then we may as well
know the prophecies. But God has made every provision
for the triumphant victory of His people in these last
The Rapture of the Church is not intended to be the
“Removal of the Casualties.” It is a triumphant
homecoming of the Church Victorious. The chorus says,
“When the saints go marching in.” It’s not, “When the
saints, all bandaged up, get carried in!” God forbid! It
must be, “God has given us the victory.”
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the
course, I have kept the faith.”
(2 Timothy 4:7)
God is giving each one of us the opportunity to be
saved, to learn His ways, and to share His life. He
gives us an opportunity to progress in the Spirit, to
learn “the holds,” and to learn to combat satanic
strategy. Some believers will do well. Some will excel!
Others will be mediocre, or remain dwarfed. Some will be
casualties, others will be ‘‘shelved.” What we become,
how we end up, depends to a great degree on whether we
learn, appropriate and apply the principles of the Word
My prayer for each reader, is that he or she will know
those principles and instructions, and will stand firm
and faithful, and successfully combat the works of
READY FOR TESTING?
After reading and absorbing this message, my reader, I
am sure you will determine to be a good soldier of Jesus
Christ. But remember, you will find yourself tested on
the points you have learned. God will test you to see if
it’s only theory you’ve learned, or whether you are
ready for the live, battleground tests. And Satan will,
of course, consider it his duty to contest the
application of the truths and principles you have
learned. So my reader, remind yourself of the realities
of this message, constantly. And obey the Word of God;
“Be strong in the LORD and in the strength of His
“Be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work
of the Master.”
(1 Corinthians 15:58)
“Be faithful unto death.”
“Looking for and hastening the coming of the day of
(2 Peter 3:12)
“Encourage one another; and all the more as you see the
day drawing near.” (Hebrews
A TESTIMONY OF DELIVERANCE
Just before the original edition of this book was
completed, a testimony of a sister in Victoria,
Australia, reached my desk - just in time to include in
this postscript. The testimony illustrates several
points in the message:
The buildup of a stronghold in the mind.
The “medium of temptation” that Satan used to keep the
person in bondage.
Deliverance involved a crying out to God, receiving a
“word from the Lord,” believing it, then a
determination to burn the medium of temptation.
The association of supportive believers.
The sister started her letter by giving praise to God
for His deliverance. Then she says:
“Praise the Lord that we may take our burdens to Him in
prayer, and find His solution. I was deeply addicted to
reading novels. I could not start the day, or finish the
day, or endure the day, or even sit down to a meal
“My family suffered with neglect; my health suffered
(lack of exercise, headaches); my fellowship with other
Christians suffered (no communication); other people
(unsaved friends) I simply forgot; my marriage suffered
(no ordinary man is as exciting as the one in the pages
of romantic novels); my children suffered because I
didn’t talk to them or play with them or go anywhere
with them. When we went out in the car on the occasional
picnic, I would read in the car.
“I started to dislike myself, because I didn’t measure
up in any way to the women in the books. I had
absolutely no willpower. Instead of doing housework, I
would hunt for something to read, and then another day
would go by with nothing getting done. I became very
introverted, and didn’t want to talk to anyone or see
anyone. I really resented visitors who took my time away
from my books. I was thoroughly miserable and trapped.
“Then, about 6 weeks ago I asked the Lord again to help
me, after asking so many times before, but this time was
different. I had been given the opportunity to do some
work for the Lord as administrator for our school office
and I was wondering whether I could do it. When I asked
the Lord for an answer in the Bible, I promised that I
would do whatever He asked of me.
(I had about $700 worth of books at this time and I had
tried to sell them at a market and in newspaper stores
and at a shop for second-hand books, but I failed.) I
prayed very hard that day and then I opened my Bible.
Immediately Psalm 97 was found and when I read verse 3,
I knew that the Lord had spoken to me. It says:
“A fire goes before him and burns up his enemies round
“So, I burned my enemies on a Christian friend’s rubbish
pit and with their help.
“I haven’t read one of these books since. Freedom from
addiction is wonderful, but I have to pray constantly
for continued strength. I love the Lord for His patience
with me and I hope that what I have testified may help
others with similar problems. There are a lot of us out
“A very wise Christian friend suggested I replace my
books with something and not leave a vacuum. So I have
been busy with handcrafts and paintings to sell at the
market. I also have been reading the Bible every day and
putting my armour on. I know that had I not obeyed the
Lord and burnt the books that I would again be addicted
and would probably never have known the joy of serving
Sister A., Victoria
Praise God! My reader, you also can call upon the
Almighty in any need and situation that troubles you.
Trust the Master, remove any mediums of temptation, put
on the whole armour of God, and be a good soldier of
With prayers for every sincere reader, in the Mighty
Name of Y’shua.
Your brother, Don Stanton
“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, to Him be glory in the worldwide
fellowship of those who are in Y'shua the
Messiah, throughout all generations, for ever and ever!
THE END OF
THE 4-PART SERIES