Spiritual Warfare

Recently I shared a word on spiritual warfare. I explained that whether aware of it or not, every region is susceptible to attacks from the pervading principality who is sent to deter the highest level of Apostolic leadership in that certain area.

I used the example of Bill Johnson, who lives in the small community of Redding, California. He has been given the highest authority by God in that area as an apostolic leader. Churches around him will then struggle against the very same principalities that have been sent to destroy Billy Johnson’s ministry.

It is for this reason that I personally have strongly encouraged our local religious community to band together as one unit in order that the various parts of the Body of Christ within our region might go to battle together, rather than try to fight on our own.

I share a story about my own experience in spiritual warfare as a young Believer, when a group of highly experienced spiritual warriors invited me to a weekend of fellowship. A young man and myself were walking together when he noticed a structure that had obviously been built as a satanic act of worship to false gods. Immediately he headed to dismantle it through prayer, but an older wiser man in the group intervened and instructed us to leave it alone. Later he explained that a Believer should always stay focused on the God-ordained mission at hand, and walk that mission out in obedience.

Many times, something else will be sent by the enemy to frighten, distract and destroy the task that God has intended for us to complete. Touching what we are not assigned to can often have dramatic and sometimes deadly results, because we have chosen to operate outside of alignment of God’s will.

I want to encourage you, especially if you are a young Believer, to know that the most important thing you can begin to do is to strengthen yourself in the Word of God.

Just like with any weapon, it is very important that you fully understand the way it works before you use it, otherwise you, or someone else, could get seriously hurt. We must understand that we can come into alignment with the Word of God in such a perfect way where the Lord will then be moved to rebuke Satan…

I’d like to invite you to check out the rest of my message on Spiritual Warfare [HERE].

Scripture References:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts: ‘In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.”’”—Zechariah 8:23

“Put Me in remembrance; let us contend together; state your case, that you may be acquitted.”—Isaiah 43:26

“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.”—Ephesians 6:10-20

“O you afflicted one, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems, and lay your foundations with sapphires. I will make your pinnacles of rubies, your gates of crystal, and all your walls of precious stones. All your children shall be taught by the Lord, and great shall be the peace of your children.”—Isaiah 54:11-13

“In righteousness, you shall be established; you shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; and from terror, for it shall not come near you. Indeed, they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. ‘Behold, I have created the blacksmith who blows the coals in the fire, who brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the spoiler to destroy. No weapon formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue which rises against you in judgment You shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is from Me,’ says the Lord.”—Isaiah 54:14-17

“Seek the Lord while He may be found, call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon. ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.’”—Isaiah 55:6-11

“I have not spoken in secret, in a dark place of the earth; I did not say to the seed of Jacob, ‘Seek Me in vain’; I, the Lord, speak righteousness, I declare things that are right. ‘Assemble yourselves and come; draw near together, you who have escaped from the nations. They have no knowledge, who carry the wood of their carved image, and pray to a god that cannot save. Tell and bring forth your case; yes, let them take counsel together. Who has declared this from ancient time? Who has told it from that time? Have not I, the Lord? And there is no other God besides Me, A just God and a Savior; There is none besides Me. Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other. I have sworn by Myself; the word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, that to Me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall take an oath. He shall say, “Surely in the Lord I have righteousness and strength. To Him men shall come, and all shall be ashamed who are incensed against Him. In the Lord all the descendants of Israel shall be justified, and shall glory.”’”—Isaiah 45:19-25

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”—Acts 1:8

I’d like to invite you to check out the rest of my message on Spiritual Warfare [HERE].