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Divine Principles of Spiritual warfare (6)

 


Loved one in Christ Jesus, I believe you are growing in the strength of the Lord. In this article, I will share one of the best divine principle and spiritual weapon you can use in the season of spiritual warfare.

This divine weapon may not be effective if you have not applied the divine principle number four. Many Christians complain that God’s Word does not work. Well, I may agree with them to some degree because some portion of God’s promises (Word) demand some principles (activation) before it works. I will share some of the principles with you in this article.

First, understand that our battle is spiritual, which means fighting the enemy in the physical realm is vain. We don’t fight with guns, bombs and other earthly weapons as some military team does.

Our battle emanates from the spiritual world because Apostle Paul wrote to the church in Ephesus that we don’t fight with human beings (See Ephesians 6:12). Although we don’t fight with human beings, some battles on earth demand watchfulness, wisdom and boldness.

 

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV

From the Holy Scriptures, Apostle Paul writes to the church in Corinth (includes every Christian church) that the weapons of our warfare do not reside within the earthly sphere. Paul further states that it is our responsibility to pull down strongholds.

These strongholds are the barriers that stop us from experiencing God’s blessings. They are like fortress ruled by Princes and Kings in the spiritual realm. Paul never said we should play with these strongholds but to pull them down, which means we must apply spiritual force and power to pull down the evil forces that limit God’s glory on our lives.

When it comes to the enemy and his minions, we must not be lenient with them. Such forces only submit to unstoppable divine power. For you to break free from abuse, slavery, evil forces and wicked people, you need divine strength to come out because, without the power of God and divine wisdom, these evil powers will never allow your freedom.

It is like a wicked king who abuses his people. For you to come out from the bondage of such a king, you need some powers above his powers because such a king will not let the slaves go free (Meditate on Mark 3:27).

When Moses was taking the Israelite's to the promised land (Canaan), Pharaoh (a symbol of the devil) and his people (a character of demons) revenged because they were not willing to let the Israelite's (symbol of Christians) go free.

God had to perform strange miracles to let Pharaoh and his people know that He is the source of power. God challenged their power (god) through miracles and plagues. Pharaoh did not surrender until God killed the entire firstborn of the Egyptians.

The reason God killed the firstborn of the Egyptians is that the Egyptians valued their firstborn like gods. Every miracle and plague God performed through Moses had a meaning. God was breaking the Egyptians' stronghold because He wanted to let them know that He is the source of power.

God destroyed all the Egyptians' strongholds to let the Egyptians know that He is above their stronghold. At last God crushed Pharaoh and his people in the red sea because they decided to attack Moses and the Israelites.

Child of God, do not fear the enemy because Christ Jesus is above every power and authority. In verse five of second Corinthians chapter ten, Apostle Paul writes.

 

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

2 Corinthians 10:3-5 KJV

We must take down every ideology, philosophy, and judgement that opposes the Christian faith and every knowledge that challenges the authority of God’s Word. We must stop every channel that limits and corrupt people’s mindset in the knowledge of Christ Jesus.

Anything that overrules the power and sovereignty of God’s Word must be brought down because it is our responsibility. Most often, the channels that destroy and limits God’s kingdom on earth emanate from the kingdom of darkness.

Some Christians have failed to put on the garment of the lion because of fear. Christ Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah and the Lamb of God. When Christians only puts on the garment of the Lamb and fails to put on the garment of the Lion, the kingdom of darkness will dominate.

We fight the kingdom of darkness in the secret place because that is our battleground. Sometimes, I wonder some Christians are only preaching about love and ignoring the gospel of spiritual warfare, faith, holiness, evangelism, prayer and intercession and other important doctrines.

It looks like the kingdom of darkness is stronger than the kingdom of light from my perspective because the unbelievers are the one’s occupying the vital leadership position of the world. It is said that the kingdom of darkness prints monies and use this money to promote ungodly business and organization.

If the light is more powerful than darkness, why are we (Christians) afraid to confront these dark kingdoms in our secret place? If Christ Jesus is powerful than every powers, principalities and leadership, why should we be afraid to pull down these evil forces in the secret place and enthrone Spirit-filled Christians into these offices?

I wrote an article titled, Why Christians Must Occupy Every Leadership Position and a book with the same title. I know some religious and carnal Christians will use John chapter eighteen verses thirty-six to challenge that article and book.

We must understand that Jesus said to Pilate, His kingdom is not of this world because Jesus was on assignment. Jesus had to finish His course and ascend to His Heavenly Father. Secondly, we have many kingdoms on earth and heaven.

There are many reasons why Jesus gave that answer to Pilate of which I cannot write all of them into details in this article. According to the Pauline letters, he notes that we must pull down strongholds.

This requires wisdom. Pulling down strongholds does not mean we should go about destroying people’s property. That is unlawful. We must use the spiritual power, divine wisdom and knowledge given to us by Christ Jesus (Holy Spirit) to maintain the Holy Spirit's leadership on earth.

The question is, what is this divine power, and how can we execute it? First, understand that this divine power is God’s Word (promises declared in the Holy Scriptures). Before we enforce this invisible weapon, there are some principles, you must know.

 

How to activate God’s Word in your spirit, soul and body

If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will and it shall be done unto you.

John 15:7 KJV

Before the power in the Word works in your life, you must be born again. Jesus said if we remain in Him and walk with the Holy Spirit despite the rejection, trials, opposition, and affliction from the devil, unbelievers and ignorant “Christians” and secondly, if we allow the living Word take dominion over our sour (desire, emotions, intellect, and mind) and spirit, whatever we ask shall be done.

I believe you have now understood why sometimes the Word seems to make no effect in your life. If you are not born again, and secondly, there is no Word inside you, that is, you don’t have any relationship with Christ Jesus; the word will not work in your life (Meditate on Psalm 37:4).

You must build yourself to a stage where the Word becomes part of you. When the Word is in your spirit and soul, it shows in your conversation. When you are tempted to sin, the Word in you speaks.

If you believe with all your heart that Jesus is Lord and that there is no God beside Him, the Word in your mouth will make an impact in the spiritual realm. You may not see it in the natural realm when you speak out the Word.

When I am preaching or teaching tertiary students God's Word, there is total silence in the lecture hall. Almost everyone in the lecture hall pays strict attention when I am preaching and teaching the gospel. Other times too, I sense a strong opposition if someone carries a demonic spirit.

The person with the evil spirit gets out whiles I am preaching, teaching and praying with the students. The students with the Holy Spirit's fire watch me with amazement whiles I preach and teach the gospel.

 I believe it is the work of the Holy Spirit. Until the Word take control of your spirit and soul, you will be playing around the Word. You have to become one with the Word through these channels.

  • Meditation.
  • Obedience.
  • Preaching and teaching.
  • Confessing it consistently.
  • Praying and living by it.

This is the first principle to enforce if you want the Word out of the mouth to make an impact in the spiritual realm.

 

The Power of God’s Word in your tongue.

 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:21 KJV

Solomon writes that destruction and blessings rest on our tongue. This means our tongue carries two kinds of power. It is the one you choose to feed that becomes the master. You can choose to invest life for yourself and others or decide to speak curses and destroy yourself and others.

Most often, extremely negative people are poor and unhealthy. They don’t have a handsome and beautiful face. People who always speak evil and never speak blessings become candidates of the devil.

For us to pull down every evil stronghold and cast down every imagination that limits us not to come to the knowledge of Christ Jesus, we must decree God’s promises recorded in the Holy Scriptures.

I gave out some keys on how to make the Word effective on your tongue. One thing about the devil and his minions is that they fear God’s Word because the powers inside God’s Word are immeasurable. Below are some essential truths about God’s Word. Knowing these truths will help you in spiritual warfare.

 

1 . The Word is a supernatural fire that destroys every evil thing that crosses its way.

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Jeremiah 23:29 KJV

One important truth you must know about God’s Word is that it is a consuming fire that burns and roast any evil robes, gates, prisons and barriers that stops the Christian from entering his promise land.

If you want the Holy Spirit to consume every evil spiritual force destroying your investment, decree God’s Word with faith. The Word will turn into a blazing fire and burn to ashes any evil gates and walls holding your glory.

 

2. The Word is like a hammer that scatters the strongholds in our life.

Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?

Jeremiah 23:29 KJV

Maybe you have prayed strange bulletins yet; you see no changes. It is time to confess, and decree God’s Word because it has the internal powers to break every door the enemy wants to close in your life.

 

3. The Word is Immeasurable in strength.

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Hebrews 4:12 KJV

Have you ever thought of the fastest weapon or instrument in this world? No device can outrun the speed of God’s Word because it performs its duty most quickly. As soon as we confess and decree the Word of God, it travels with an immeasurable speed to perform its task.

The life force within the Word has the power to bring life to the dead. If we should combine all the energies in this world in a circuit and measure up with God’s Word, it cannot reach the energy within God’s Word.

It doesn’t matter how strong and powerful the enemy may be. You have to confess, decree and declare the Word and the powers (creative forces) within the Word will break through the powers limiting your glory on your life.

Maybe you have been decreeing ineffective words. Those words may not work because it emanated from the soul, spirit or flesh of a human being. The time is now to take hold of God’s Word because the Word can break through the soul, spirit and flesh of man.

One thing about the devil and his minions is that they can detect soulish prayers, spirit prayers and prayers that emanates from the flesh. The devil and his minions can stop such prayers in the spiritual realm. When it comes to the Word declaration, they cannot stop it because of the immeasurable power embedded in Word.

 

4. Jesus Himself spoke the Word before the Word worked.

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. 

And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. 

And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. 

And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

Matthew 8:23-26 KJV

When the winds and sea attacked Jesus and His disciples, Jesus spoke the Word, and the winds and sea obeyed. When Jesus rebuked the winds and the sea, there was a great calm. This means we must counter any winds (fear) and sea (confusion and death) that comes our way or crosses our path with the Word.

If Jesus, who was the Word in the flesh kept silent, the winds and sea would have killed Him and His disciples on the stormy sea. When you allow fear to dominate you, you lose. The truth is, you may have the Word in you, until you decree the Word inside you, nothing happens.

Don’t allow the devil and his minions to limit you with all the Word inside you. Speak out the Word because the Word (Jesus) spoke the Word before the creative forces within the Word worked.

 

5. Jesus defeated the devil with the Word during temptation.

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 

Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered. 

And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread.  And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. 

And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 

If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 

For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 

And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. 

And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. 

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.

Luke 4:1-13 KJV

The devil tempted our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus with the pride of life, the sinful lust of the eyes and corrupted flesh. The devil wanted to give Jesus temporal power in exchange for worship. Jesus challenged the devil with the Word. This means the best way to overcome the temptation and plans of the devil is to speak out the Word.

 

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