The Warrior’s Prayer – by Dr. David Jeremiah – “Heavenly Father, I praise you for allowing me to be a Born-Again Christian! As your warrior prepares for battle, I claim victory over Satan.
- I put on the Helmet of Salvation, so I can keep my mind focused on You, so Satan will not have a stronghold on my thoughts.
- I put on the Girdle of Truth so that I may stand firm in the Truth of Your Word, so I will not be a victim of Satan’s lies.
- I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness and it guards my heart from evil, so I will remain pure and holy, protected under the divine blood of Jesus Christ.
- I put on the Shoes of Peace, so I may stand firm in the Good News of the Gospel, so Your peace will shine through me and I can be salt and light to all I encounter.
- I take the Shield of Faith and I will be ready for Satan’s fiery darts of doubt, denial and deceit so I will not be vulnerable to spiritual defeat.
- I take the Sword of the Spirit which is the two-edged sword of Your Word be ready in my hands – and in my mouth – so I can fight the tempting words of Satan.
By faith, I am Your warrior and I have put on the full armor of God!
I am prepared to live with Jesus every day in spiritual victory! AMEN.
Question: “What does the Bible say about spiritual warfare?”
Answer: There are two primary errors when it comes to spiritual warfare—over-emphasis and under-emphasis. Some blame every sin, every conflict, and every problem on demons that need to be cast out. Others completely ignore the spiritual realm and the fact that the Bible tells us our battle is against spiritual powers. The key to successful spiritual warfare is finding the biblical balance. Jesus sometimes cast demons out of people; other times He healed people with no mention of the demonic. The apostle Paul instructs Christians to wage war against the sin in themselves (Read Romans 6) and warns us to oppose the schemes of the devil (Read Ephesians 6:10–18).
Ephesians 6:10–12 says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” This text teaches some crucial truths: we can only stand strong in the Lord’s power, it is God’s armor that protects us, and our battle is ultimately against spiritual forces of evil in the world. There is a ‘Spiritual” world and the world that we can see with our eyes.
🕮 Ephesians 6:13–18 is a description of the Spiritual Armor God gives us. We are to stand firm with the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, the sword of the Spirit, and by praying in the Spirit. What do these pieces of spiritual armor represent in spiritual warfare? We are to know the truth, believe the truth, and speak the truth. We are to rest in the fact that we are declared righteous because of Christ’s sacrifice for us. We are to proclaim the gospel no matter how much resistance we face. We are not to waver in our faith, trusting God’s promises no matter how strongly we are attacked. Our ultimate defense is the assurance we have of our salvation, an assurance that no spiritual force can take away. Our offensive weapon is the Word of God, not our own opinions and feelings. And we are to pray in the power and will of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus is our ultimate example of resisting temptation in spiritual warfare. Observe how Jesus handled direct attacks from Satan when He was tempted in the wilderness (Read Matthew 4:1–11). Each temptation was combatted with the words “it is written.” The Word of the living God is the most powerful weapon against the temptations of the devil. “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you” (Psalm 119:11).
A word of caution concerning spiritual warfare is in order. The name of Jesus is not a magic incantation that causes demons to flee from before us. The Seven sons of Sceva are an example of what can happen when people presume an authority they have not been given (Read Acts 19:13–16).
Even Michael the archangel did not rebuke Satan in his own power but said, “The Lord God rebuke you!” (Jude 1:9). When we start talking to the devil, we run the risk of being led astray as Eve was (Read Genesis 3:1–7) in the Garden. Our focus should be on God, not demons; we speak to Him. If we speak to them, please quote Scriptures out loud.
In summary, what are the keys to success in spiritual warfare? We rely on God’s power, not our own. We put on the whole armor of God. We draw on the power of Scripture—the Word of God is the Spirit’s sword. We pray in perseverance and holiness, making our appeal to God. We stand firm (Ephesians 6:13–14); we submit to God; we resist the devil’s work (James 4:7), knowing that the Lord of hosts is our protector. “Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).
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Winning Spiritual Warfare – Are you facing a spiritual battle that seems too big to win? A sense of hopelessness or defeat that you can’t seem to beat? Winning Spiritual Warfare provides a guide to overcoming the strategies of the devil. Discover who the enemy is and how he can influence your life. Then see Jesus’ freedom and protection for you as you prepare to enter the cleansing stream. Jesus has given us the power to defeat the devil. We do not have to wait for Jesus to do something. By the power of the Holy Spirit within us, we can order the devil to ‘get out’ now. Pray and speak the truth. God has given saved persons His power, love and a sound mind. – by Neil T. Anderson
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Video #2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8mqRrvDJHA Beth Moore – Life Today with James and Betty Robison – Start at 13:43 Betty Robison – End 19:50 “every word from the mouth of God.” (James Robison)
Spiritual Warfare – The Christian concept of taking a stand against supernatural evil forces. It is based on the belief in evil spirits (and good spirits) which are able to intervene in human affairs. Various Christian groups have adopted practices to repel such forces, as based on the Bible and their doctrine of Christian demonology. Prayer and Holy Scripture is a common form of spiritual warfare. Other practices may include exorcisms, laying-on of hands, fasting and/or anointing with oil.
Doctrines of demonology – “There are angels and demons – in a spiritual realm.”
In Christian evangelism, doctrines of demonology are influenced by interpretations of the New Testament, namely with the Gospels, in that dealing with spirits became a customary activity of Jesus’ ministry. Mark states that, “He traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.” (Mark 1:39).
Jesus’ comment is, “If I drive out demons by the spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is upon you.” (Matt.12:28; Luke 11:20)
Evangelical Christian traditions believe that Satan and his minions exercise significant influence over this world and its power structures. A hostile realm in conflict with the kingdom of God is recorded in the Bible by the Apostle John, “the whole world is under the control of the evil one” (1 John 5:19) and by Jesus who referred to Satan as “the prince of this world” (John 12:31; 14:30; 16:11). Paul elaborates on demonic hierarchy in Ephesians 6 where he also mentions, by way of metaphor, those qualities needed for defense against them. Two pieces of armor, the Helmet of Salvation and the Breastplate of Righteousness, were from the book of Isaiah. Put on the “Full Armor” every day in your morning prayers.
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It is also believed that Satan occupies a temporal existence when the Apostle Paul refers to the devil as “the god of this age” (2 Cor.4:4). Further, Paul’s epistles focus on the Victory of Christ over principalities and powers. Evangelical interpretation has history divided into two eras: the present evil age and the age to come which supports the concept of the Second coming of Christ.
Images of spiritual warfare is displayed in the Book of Revelation when after the War in Heaven (Rev.12:7), the beasts and kings of the earth wage war against God’s people (Rev.19:19), and a final battle ensues with Satan and the nations of the earth against God himself (Rev.20:8). Realize that God has assigned Angels to protect you every day/night.
Practices in Christianity – In the American revival tradition among evangelicals, the famous preachers such as D. L. Moody, Billy Sunday, R. A. Torrey and Billy Graham have all affirmed their belief in the existence of the demonic and had occasions to recount some of their own spiritual warfare encounters. One important key is to rid your life, your home and your workplace of anything that has to do with the occult, demon spirits and witches. Rid your home of all sources of pornography and temptation to sin. Check the movies on DVD in your home. Dispose of any DVDs about vampires, witches, etc. These invite demons into your home. Get rid of them.
Spiritual warfare has been applied to spiritual growth in holiness, or what is technically called sanctification. A preacher may discern that parishioners are experiencing obstacles in their faith, prayer life and general spiritual well-being. That process of discernment may yield an awareness of spiritual oppression caused by a combination of personal sin and demonic influence. The obstacles are then removed through prayer, delivering a parishioner from demonic possession, and breaking down false beliefs about God. Believers need to stop struggling with the devil, and instead they need to start enforcing their authority as believers in Christ!
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Video #3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQWBrynbIPg Jensen Franklin. Start @ 00:00 and End at 6:48 His Righteousness.
Video #4: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FBC4G1hU90&spfreload=10
Neil Anderson. Start @ 00:00 to 5:00 “Bump in the Night.”
“The victory is yours when you are well-dressed for warfare.” – Rev. Tony Evans
Spiritual Warfare – The world is at war… a conflict that is wreaking havoc on civilians, injuring and killing many, even innocent children. Countless lives have been lost in battle after battle, and many people are uncertain about a decisive victory. You won’t read about this in the newspaper, because there is a spiritual battle going on every day.
Spiritual warfare is an epic battle between good and evil, which began when Satan was cast out of heaven. This confrontation escalated to the Garden of Eden, where the first man, Adam, received a near fatal blow that echoes throughout the history of God’s people.
Jesus came to earth and faced this battle daily. The devil tempted Him in the wilderness, and the battle raged for three years. Jesus was sent to the cross to die… and the battle raged. He rose victoriously on the third day… but the enemy still hasn’t surrendered. This spiritual battle continues to rage today, and the destiny of the entire world’s population lies in its outcome. We cannot fight spiritual battles on our own. Please rely upon the power of the Holy Spirit within you. Note: To have the Holy Spirit in you, you must be a ‘born-again’ Christian. Thank you.
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