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Divine Principles of Spiritual Warfare (10)

 


Loved one in Christ Jesus, I believe you are growing in the strength of the Lord. This is lesson ten on my teachings, the divine principles of spiritual warfare. Kindly read the previous lessons to understand this truth because I have laid some foundations in those articles.

Child of God, the spiritual atmosphere is not conducive for fun because the forces of darkness are using the leadership (government, businessmen and women, institutions, the media, and internet) to promote evil activities and ungodly human rights.

Relying only on governmental policies will limit you because many conspiracies are taking place in the spiritual realm. Some leadership is selling their citizens for their private gain. Be vigilant in these last days because failure to watch and pray makes you a prisoner in the satanic kingdom.

Develop a habit of reading God’s Word (Holy Bible) and other relevant books because ignorance is a silent killer. The lack of knowledge is one of the fastest ways to destruction (See Hosea 4:6). If you don't know, anyone can deceive you.

The internet, software, and smartphones have made the entire world a global village in the twenty-first century. You can sit behind your computer, laptop, phone, or electronic device and control many activities.

We live in a world; people love to do what pleases them. Strange spirits control people who love to do what pleases them on the premises of human rights. This is one reason I am writing this article to enable you to stand firm in the Lord.

If you are not strong in the Lord, you will always submit to the enemy's deceptive devices. Jesus the Christ commanded us to be watchful of the last days because many unethical activities will occur (See Matthew chapter twenty-four in the Holy Scriptures).

The forces of darkness are continually formulating ungodly policies through leadership to destabilize God's kingdom on earth, and it is our responsibility to detect their traps and break them.

Failure to take responsibility opens the door for these satanic agents to enforce their destructive laws. Child of God, it is time to take dominion in the spiritual realm because whatever happens in this earth realm emanates from the spiritual realm.

I’m glad the Holy Spirit reveals His plans and the enemy’s plans to me in the spiritual realm. Anytime I receive a message from the Holy Spirit, either through dreams, visions, and trance, I pray for God’s intervention.

The Holy Spirit has revealed some strange and encouraging visions about some men of God and some activities that will take place in the end time. Child of God, let the Holy Spirit lead you before choosing someone as your spiritual leader, friend, and marriage partner because there are many wolves in sheep's clothing.

Some men of “God” hands are full of blood in the spiritual realm. The devil is using many people who are claiming to work for God. There is a lot of jealousy, wickedness, and competition in the church.

Many Christian leaders don't want to help other ministers rise to the top because of wickedness, insecurity, pride, and greediness. I write from my spiritual experience. Child of God, it is time to face the giants blocking your path because Christ Jesus has invested some divine powers in you.

In this article, I will use some lessons of Moses and the Israelites to help you understand some spiritual warfare principles.

In the book of Numbers (the fourth book of Moses), God commanded Moses to send leaders from the twelve tribes of Israel into the land of Canaan because He promised to give the land to the Israelites. 

 

And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 

Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them. 

And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men were heads of the children of Israel. 

Numbers 13:1-3 KJV

Moses did not command the leaders among the Israelites by his power. The LORD commanded Moses so before you enter into warfare, make sure the Holy Spirit leads you. There are some battles you are not supposed to enter because it is not yours.

Some Christians have entered into some spiritual battles the Lord did not command them, and as a result of their pride, ignorance, and carnality, they have received strange attacks from the dark kingdom.

God knows our spiritual strength, level of anointing, mantle, spiritual maturity, level of knowledge, and spiritual authority. God will never command you to attack an enemy you cannot defeat. Remember that demons are in ranks.

Some demons are wicked and stronger than others (See Matthew 12:43-45), so be mindful. God commanded Moses to send a ruler (leader, captain, or prince) within each tribe to scout the Promised Land.

The fact that you are a Christian does not mean you can fight any battle. Demons recognize spiritual authority, so don't enter the battleground if you are qualified to fight. God commanded Moses to choose leaders among the Israelites to scout the land of Canaan because these leaders had some experience in warfare.

They knew how to navigate and investigate the enemy's ground. Some Christians are too weak to enter the battleground. Sending weak Christians who have no spiritual authority, anointing to fight, and weak spiritual senses to the enemy's ground is suicidal because they will break them within a second. Know these truths.

  • Enter the battleground if you are convinced in the Spirit.
  • Enter the battleground if you have what it takes to fight the enemy.
  • Enter the battleground if you are matured in the spirit.
  • Enter the battleground if you have the spiritual fortitude to stand the arrows of the enemy.
  • Enter the battleground if you are a captain in the spiritual realm.
  • Enter the battleground with your full spiritual armour intact.

 

And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said unto them, Get you up this way southward, and go up into the mountain:

 And see the land, what it is; and the people that dwelleth therein, whether they be strong or weak, few or many; 

And what the land is that they dwell in, whether it be good or bad; and what cities they be that they dwell in, whether in tents, or in strong holds;

 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the time of the firstripe grapes. 

Numbers 13:17-20 KJV

Moses commanded the scouts to do thorough research on the enemy and their dwelling. Child of God, before you enter into spiritual warfare, especially in the field of deliverance, investigate the demons living in the vessel.

God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us discern the enemy. You can never defeat the enemy until you discover his weak points and stronghold. For example, if you are delivering a vessel into the business of prostitution, gay, lesbianism, bestiality, or womanizing, investigate the spirit's entry point.

Knowing the enemy's stronghold and the weak point will give you the best strategy to employ in deliverance and spiritual warfare. In Africa, the stronghold controlling the atmosphere is jealousy, ignorance, greediness, and pride. This is one reason corruption is rampant in Africa.

Until we analyze the spiritual forces controlling the system, we will never defeat the enemy.  Moses commanded the leaders to search the Canaanites whether they were strong, weak, few, or many. He instructed the scouts to explore the stronghold and the condition of the land.

It is like a desperate missionary who wants to do the work of God but has little or no knowledge about the country or town he wants to evangelize.  I have not travelled to the USA, India, UK, or travel outside Ghana, but my spirit has travelled to the listed countries and many countries outside Ghana in the spiritual realm.

I will travel physically to these places and many other places at God's chosen time. Before you embark on missionary or evangelistic work, make sure the Holy Spirit leads you. Check the people's culture, spiritual atmosphere, percentage of various religious faith, spiritual stronghold, history, occupation, and other information before entering such places.

You don't enter into a battlefield (it can be a missionary ground) because God commanded you.  Scout the place spiritually and physically. Although there are instances, you may not get the accurate information of the field God is leading you.

In this season, you need the Abrahamic faith or the faith of the Holy Spirit to venture into the land. Pray more in the Spirit to enable you to receive divine clearance before you enter the battlefield.

Today, Google and other search engines have made it easy to scout a country, town, and village. Apply God's wisdom when acting in faith because there are dangerous grounds in the realms of faith. You can get my book, How to Unlock the Gate of Faith, for a more profound revelation.

 

So they went up, and searched the land from the wilderness of Zin unto Rehob, as men come to Hamath. 

And they ascended by the south, and came unto Hebron; where Ahiman, Sheshai, and Talmai, the children of Anak, were. (Now Hebron was built seven years before Zoan in Egypt.) 

And they came unto the brook of Eshcol, and cut down from thence a branch with one cluster of grapes, and they bare it between two upon a staff; and they brought of the pomegranates, and of the figs. 

The place was called the brook Eshcol, because of the cluster of grapes which the children of Israel cut down from thence. 

And they returned from searching of the land after forty days. 

Numbers 13:21- 25 KJV

The captains of Israel took forty days to conduct thorough research on the enemy's ground. The devil and his minions have lived with God and His angels for a long time, so they are wise. They have studied human beings for a long time, so never joke about their schemes.

If Israel's leaders took forty days to search out the enemy thoroughly, you must take time to search out the enemy's plan because he is the king of deception. 

 

And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land.

 And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it.

 Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. 

The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. 

And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. 

But the men that went up with him said, We be not able to go up against the people; for they are stronger than we. 

And they brought up an evil report of the land which they had searched unto the children of Israel, saying, The land, through which we have gone to search it, is a land that eateth up the inhabitants thereof; and all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. 

And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Numbers 13:26-33 KJV

After the scout, most of the leaders gave an honest report. The only mistake some of the leaders made was that they undermined themselves. This evil report destroyed the faith of the Israelites.

 And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.

 And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! 

And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? 

And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt. 

Numbers 14:1-4 KJV

Child of God, be mindful of the report you give out in the church, home, business, and jurisdiction because it impacts the surrounding people. Some people are weak in the faith. Exalting the enemy's power above Christ Jesus power destroys their faith and the souls in the church.

Some Christians rely on your faith, so always give a good report when you are in their presence. The situation may not look favourable but keep your faith. When you show a sign of weakness, you open the door for the enemy to attack the weak Christians' faith.

Showing a sign of defeat empowers the forces of darkness to dominate the hardened sinners and weak Christians to return to the world.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 

And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 

And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 

If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. 

Numbers 14:5-10 KJV

One thing about humankind is that we often allow bad news to control us. Anytime you keep spreading bad news that destroys the faith, it dominates the church and opens the portal for the spirit of fear to control the atmosphere.

The Israelites did not accept Joshua, the son of Nun, and Caleb, the son of Jephunneh's report, because the other captain’s bad news controlled their mind. Joshua and Caleb became enemies to the Israelites to the point they began stoning them.

Moses did something incredible I believe every Christian leader should practice. He prayed powerfully for God’s mercy because He knew God’s wrath.

Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. 

And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: 

And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. 

If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.

 Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not.

But all the congregation bade stone them with stones. And the glory of the LORD appeared in the tabernacle of the congregation before all the children of Israel. 

Numbers 14:5-10 KJV

Moses's prayer activated the presence of God. Anytime we pray for God's mercies, we invoke His presence. In the time of confusion, fears, and disaster, pray for God's mercies. The mercies of God can stop the enemy's atmosphere.

And the LORD said unto Moses, How long will this people provoke me? and how long will it be ere they believe me, for all the signs which I have shewed among them? 

I will smite them with the pestilence, and disinherit them, and will make of thee a greater nation and mightier than they. 

Numbers 14:11-12 KJV

One thing God hates is when we complain and lose faith in Him. Losing faith in God makes Him inactive in our life. Consistent complaints activate the anger of God. Child of God, in time of confusion, refrain from murmuring because it worsens the case.

Complaining will not solve the problem or challenge you are facing. You have no power to solve a problem God can solve, so why are you complaining about spiritual issues. Let God deal with the spiritual problem and concentrate on your task.

Moses continued with his prayer.

 

And Moses said unto the LORD, Then the Egyptians shall hear it, (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them;) 

And they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land: for they have heard that thou LORD art among this people, that thou LORD art seen face to face, and that thy cloud standeth over them, and that thou goest before them, by day time in a pillar of a cloud, and in a pillar of fire by night.

Now if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee will speak, saying, 

Because the LORD was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness. 

And now, I beseech thee, let the power of my LORD be great, according as thou hast spoken, saying, 

The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation. 

Pardon, I beseech thee, the iniquity of this people according unto the greatness of thy mercy, and as thou hast forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now. 

And the LORD said, I have pardoned according to thy word: 

Numbers 14:13-20 KJV

Every Christian believer or Christian must pray this type of prayer in time of need, confusion, and fear, and God will respond.

 

But as truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD. 

Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice; 

Surely they shall not see the land which I sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 

But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it. 

Numbers 14:21-24 KJV

Anytime we forget the goodness of God, we miss our blessings. When you fail to give God the glory and honour, you miss the greatness God has set for you. God promised Caleb and Joshua His blessings because they kept their faith.

One of the spiritual virtues God observes is our faith in His promises. I explained that in the previous articles. God looks at our faith at all times. As long as you stay in the realm of faith, your victory is guaranteed.

Faith is the key that unlocks the promises of God in our lives. Living in the realm of fear makes it difficult to locate God’s blessings for your life.

 

(Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwelt in the valley.) Tomorrow turn you, and get you into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.

And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

 How long shall I bear with this evil congregation, which murmur against me? I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against me. 

 Say unto them, As truly as I live, saith the LORD, as ye have spoken in mine ears, so will I do to you: 

Your carcases shall fall in this wilderness; and all that were numbered of you, according to your whole number, from twenty years old and upward, which have murmured against me,

Doubtless ye shall not come into the land, concerning which I sware to make you dwell therein, save Caleb the son of Jephunneh, and Joshua the son of Nun. 

But your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, them will I bring in, and they shall know the land which ye have despised.

 But as for you, your carcases, they shall fall in this wilderness. 

And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcases be wasted in the wilderness.

 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. 

I the LORD have said, I will surely do it unto all this evil congregation, that are gathered together against me: in this wilderness they shall be consumed, and there they shall die. 

And the men, which Moses sent to search the land, who returned, and made all the congregation to murmur against him, by bringing up a slander upon the land,

Even those men that did bring up the evil report upon the land, died by the plague before the LORD. 

But Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of the men that went to search the land, lived still. 

And Moses told these sayings unto all the children of Israel: and the people mourned greatly. 

Numbers 14:25-39 KJV

Complaining in God’s kingdom is a great evil God cannot withstand. God hates people that frown on His Word because He has exalted the Word above His name. God cherishes the Word above His creation, so anytime a Christian believer doubts and downplays the authority of God’s Word, he becomes God’s enemy.

If you don't want to die before your time, hold on to God's Word because we receive our life from the Word. The enemy knows that we open the door for him to attack anytime we doubt God's Word. Our best defence against the enemy is the Word (Holy Scriptures), so never reject the authority of God's Word in spiritual warfare.

 

And they rose up early in the morning, and gat them up into the top of the mountain, saying, Lo, we be here, and will go up unto the place which the LORD hath promised: for we have sinned.

And Moses said, Wherefore now do ye transgress the commandment of the LORD? but it shall not prosper. 

Go not up, for the LORD is not among you; that ye be not smitten before your enemies. 

For the Amalekites and the Canaanites are there before you, and ye shall fall by the sword: because ye are turned away from the LORD, therefore the LORD will not be with you. 

But they presumed to go up unto the hill top: nevertheless the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and Moses, departed not out of the camp. 

Then the Amalekites came down, and the Canaanites which dwelt in that hill, and smote them, and discomfited them, even unto Hormah.

Numbers 14:40-45 KJV

Sin limits us from God’s presence. Because of the Israelites transgression against God’s Word, the LORD departed from them. This empowered the Amalekites and Canaanites to defeat the Israelites. Child of God, you have the keys in your hands to dominate the enemy.

1.  Refrain from willful sin and avoid murmuring at all costs.

2. Have absolute faith in God’s Word.

3. Check your spiritual state before you enter into spiritual warfare.

4. Analyze the strength and weakness of the enemy before you attack.

5. Be led by the Holy Spirit before you enter spiritual warfare.

6. Always pray for God's mercies during confusion, fear, and disaster.

7. Always be thankful to the Lord in all circumstances.

To be continued…




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