Chapter IX: The Truimphant Yeshua Our Victory.

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins. He canceled the record of the charges against us and took it away by nailing it to the cross. In this way, he disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly (Truimphantly)
by his victory over them on the cross.

Col 2 v 13-15

The victory to spiritual warfare depends on who fights for you and what has already been won for you by Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice on the cross.

The word triumphant one or Truimph signifies a total complete public victory. In Ancient Roman generals were made triumvir after a conquest,they would enter a city on a white horse and behind them they would parade the evidence of thier conquest (slaves,stock of exotic animals treasures captured etc trophies of war) all around and crowds gathered and cheered it was a spectacle.

In this same manner out Lord Christ Jesus paraded around the heavinilies having beaten, disarmed principalities and powers, not in secret but publicly. In this Jesus took care of the sin issue past present and future, all sin.

To really get this we must understand a few realities, not hope for, or wish for, we must know that these things are a reality.

  1. All sins are forgiven in Christ: So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus Rom 8 v 1,Satan’s major weapon is guilt, if he can keep you condemned, you cannot serve God properly and in fact condemnation will keep you away from God (on your part). Many are ashamed of theirs sins that they ultimately stay away from  the love of God. Sin is static to your communion with God and should be confessed and repented from, but it should not keep you away from an omniscient God. Do you think he doesn’t know what you have done?
  2. The blood of Jesus abolished the law of Moses : we are under grace now, Jesus said in Matt 5 v 17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” Now notice grace doesnot empower you to sin or throw away obedience to God. It is unmerited favour to you through the mercy of God. Grace is taken to extreme at times and abused, you shouldn’t throw out the word of God, this is not the purporse of it, it should empower you to live a victorious godly life in service to God.
  3. Righteousness is in Christ Jesus: please you have to get this; grace in salvation through faith grants you righteousness ( ie right standing with God) for the forgiveness of your sins. No one on earth, not one is righteous. Yours  good works, deeds are filthness in the eyes of God. It took the blood sacrifice of Jesus to gain you audience with God. When Father looks at you he sees you through his Son Jesus Christ. Not us not our works, he sees his sinless perfect son.
  4. The authority of the name of Jesus : I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10 v 19. You need to understand the power you hold as believer of Christ to wield his name and use it. However this requires a personal relationship with  the Lord and obedience to his word, ” if you love me keep my commandments” john 14 v 15 otherwise the name will not work for you ; acts 19 v 14, seven sons of Sceva tried to exorcise a demon using the name of Jesus but they got beaten up instead by one demonised man, he also stripped them naked, so tread carefully. As a Holy Spirit filled believer of Christ all authority and/ power has been given to you to use his name the name above all names.
  5. The power of Christ : And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son, John 14 v 13, notice if you are using the name of Jesus, you personally do nothing apart from believing possibly laying of hands. The deliverance, healing, miracles and the warfare is done by Jesus himself given by the Father, through the power of the Holy Spirit and the glory is for the Father not for you. The exciting thing is you have right to use that name. He won and prevailed nailed all principalities and powers to the cross, the dominion is his forever and ever.

In the structure of heavens the only kingdom that has Dominion is the kingdom of God.
The god of this world however will still oppose us in this, this is why it is crucial to understand and work/ operate within the paramiters and boundaries that The Lord sets for us. We don’t do the battle actively perse, the agents of a God do that (angels) but we do have our part; prayer, praise & worship, proclamation (preaching), testimony of the blood of Christ, the armour of God, pulling down strongholds.

A picture of Jesus Christ (not limited to)

  • the scroll opener : And I saw a strong angel, who shouted with a loud voice: “Who is worthy to break the seals on this scroll and open it?” Rev 5 v 2 only he is worthy to open the seven seals in the end times
  • Lamb of God: john 1 v 29 and 36, he is the only perfect spotless sacrifice, very gentle in nature.
  • High priest/advocate : Heb 4 v 15 “This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses, for he faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin.” He is our defence lawyer from the accuser of the brethren. Confession and repenting activates the priesthood of Jesus’ ministry towards us, failure to repent he cannot intercede for us.
  • Fierce Warrior on a horse : His eyes were like flames of fire, and on his head were many crowns. A name was written on him that no one understood except himself.He wore a robe dipped in blood, and his title was the Word of God.The armies of heaven, dressed in the finest of pure white linen, followed him on white horses.From his mouth came a sharp sword to strike down the nations. He will rule them with an iron rod. He will release the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty, like juice flowing from a winepress  Rev 19 v 12-15 he is the warrior.
  • Jesus The Lord of Lords the King of Kings :  mark 16 v 19, Rom 8 v 34, acts 7 v 55, col 3 v 1, the position of Jesus is at the right hand of the throne of God. The highest position in all of creation. And only kings and Lords sit on thrones so he is King and Lord Jesus he deserves and has earned your praise.

The blood of Jesus is good for 

  1. Justification 
  2. Forgiveness of sin
  3. Cleansing 
  4. Redemption 
  5. Protection
  6. Deliverance
  7. Release from curse
  8. Sanctification
  9. Salvation 


No grace but for the blood of Jesus,your victory to spiritual warfare is in The Lord Jesus the triumphant one against all principalities and powers.

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Chapter VIII : Enemies in the Supernatural (Part 2 Curses)

Another enemy we face is curses. I thought it wise to cover this one because I find it detrimental to realise the power to keep the us inhibited to operations of our lives and the ultimately the kingdom of God.

  • Curses are the opposite of blessings : as we see  Duet 27 & 28 is covered with curses and yes also blessings.The main cause was disobedience most often idolatry,this is when one makes a covenant with a new a false god,Yahweh will take his hands off your life.
  • Curses are a vehicle of supernatural force for evil : priests would write down curses on a peice of paper, put it in a cup of water and make one drink to determine guilt, let’s just say people died.In morden times even Juju and voodoo is just as alive today.People will stick needles or  get a possession/ hair and they can kill the person.
  • Curses will carry on from generation to generation unless the are broken : (generational curses) this will be or at least should resonate with a lot of us. Daddy is a drunk Grand pa is a drunk Auntie is a drunk little jimmy is a drunk so is cousin dewy. Jacob was a liar, his mother was a Liar,uncle Laban was a liar,Grand daddy Abraham too lied about Sarah being his sister ( ok, she was his half sister but still)
  • Curses can be administered through words pronounced outwardly, inwardly or written over our lives : Prov 18 v 21 life and death are in the power of the tongue, words have power. Gen 9 v 25 Noah cursed his grandson Canaan,,which is why as parents we need to watch what you say or call your children  ” you are stupid ” ” you will never amount to anything” this is usually what they become. We know Jesus cursed the fig tree, Joel 3 v 10 sayslet the weak say that I am strong” to yourself.
  • Curses can be transferred through objects : idols or objects of an occultic nature or things already cursed if they make thier way to you, the fate is shared to you. Take heed of items you own or those that are in your house. I have heard of statues of some religions coming to life in the night, a brother got born again and he testified that his god ( the statue came to life) threatened  him in his living room soon as he got home.

A more common definition would be that it is like a dark cloud that has been overshadowing you your entire life. A long evil arm from the past that always pull your progress back. Seems as if you can go so far and no further.
Keyword would be frustration.
People who are operating under a curse are often exhibiting the following:

  1. Humiliation as opposed to Exhortation
  2. Barrenness as opposed to Reproductiveness
  3. Sickness as opposed to Health
  4. Poverty/Failure as opposed to Prosperity/Success
  5. Defeat as opposed to Victory
  6. Tail as opposed to being the head
  7. Beneath as opposed to being above

Other signs are as follows

Let’s note that the only cause is not curses only but if the frequency is high and it keeps persisting:-

  • Mental breakdown
  • Unnatural deaths
  • Financial struggles/ jobs /business failures
  • Accident prone
  • Barrenness and miscarriages
  • Hereditary illnesses
  • Family and Marriage breakdowns

Steps to Deliverence 

If you are operating under a curse it is often and near enough impossible to get ahead in whatever you do in the physical. There’s a spiritual force more powerful than you at work here. The only way to overcome is to have The Lord deliver you.

If you then believe that you have a problem things just aren’t working out the way they should be, then these steps mighty help you 

  1. Humble yourself.
  2. Be honest about your situation to yourself dig around and run a diagnosis where this could come from.
  3. Confess your faith in Christ Jesus 
  4. Confess any known sin; either done by yourself or your ancestors
  5. Repent (change your mind, never return) for all known sin. One repents so they can obtain mercy  prov 28 v 13 “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.”
  6. Break with all occult, false religions (anything that doesn’t confess Christ, credits salvation for good works) secret clubs/ groups/sects, any possessions with a devilish ties, idols, 
  7. Forgiveness ; everyone and anyone, remember it’s a decesion to forgive, it just holds you back, let it go, Matt 11 v 25 “And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”

Prayer of release from a curse:

“Thank you Lord Jesus that you were made accursed on the cross so that I maybe redeemed (gal 3v13).

I renounce all ungodly ties,I confess of all my sins and my ancestors sins’, please forgive me.

I now release myself and my family from this curse of ………….

I thank you and I believe I have recieved, in your mighty name Jesus Christ the Son of the living God………..Amen.”

Also worth mention:

The spirit of the Anti Christ in the churches

This is a force which wants and in the end will exclude and replace the true messiah 

This is only applicable only where Jesus is preached so watch out it’s in the church 

This is the great apostasy today in the church the deliberate denial and omission of the true word of God.

Watering down the gospel being selective.

Denies  that the messiah has come.

Denies the triune God ( the trinity Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit )

Chapter VIII: Enemies in the Supernatural; Demons & Sorcery

For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit.Mark 5 v 8 

Perharps more important to understand is that there is more going on in the supernatural that we realise.

The notion that the kingdom of darkness has no supernatural powers of thier own is gravely mistaken. Often times believers think that any supernatural work and miracle or healing is from God,sadly this is not true.

Consider this 

And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said –Ex 7 v 22-23-

The miracles that Moses worked in the eyes of pharoah in Egypt just before the great exodus and the deliverance of the children of Israel, the magicians in Egypt were also able to replicate,but not by the the power of God Jehovah Yahweh.
There is need to test the powers and miracles performed,they should be in the name of Lord Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit given by  God the father.

The human being is merely a vessel used to transmit the power of God, a medium of exchange. Always be wearly by “men/women of God” who take credit for a healing or miracle or those who do a miracle or healing or any supernatural feat without using the name and authority of Jesus and God Yahweh.

Take heed that you are not decieved.

Sorcery 

Involves the use of Magic, people want to call it Black/White magic, listen all of it is bad. It’s a practice associated with witchcraft and it taps into the evil supernatural forces to gain power.

Forms of practices and objects 

  1. Spells
  2. Chants 
  3. Curses (more later on)
  4. Divination: (predicts the future) And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: acts 16 v 16
  5. Drugs 
  6. Lucky charms: Rabbit’s foot etc
  7. Love Portions
  8. Fortune telling
  9. Music: certain types of rock, gangsta rap, etc
  10. Sceances

Any exposure to the above opens the doors for evil forces to influence your life. Deliverence is certainly required if one had ever practiced any of the above.

Demons

These are disembodied evil spirits,no other word for them. This will be a condensed form, for this topic is a book in itself.
They are able to enter ones body and influence behaviour, speech, movements, and other various physical actions.

They seek to do the following to you 

  • Torment and Torture you
  • To keep you from knowing Jesus Christ 
  • To Frustrate and limit you from serving Jesus Christ and God effectively 

Most commonly there will be a few key words that you need to look out for. Sympomatic words that you keep aware of operations. Remember you are dealing with “persons without bodies” so in that case a person has intellect, will, reasoning and cunning.
They will do the following to you 

  1. Entice you : to do evil those bad thoughts. 
  2. Harrass you : bring irritants towards you.
  3. Torment you : in your mind with crazy thoughts,fear,worry,doubt.
  4. Compell you : to do crazy things,eat strange stuff,compulsive behaviours etc.
  5.  Enslave you : combine this with compulsion you will get addiction.
  6. Defile you : cause you to ruin yourself and self destruct.
  7. Deceive you : amongst the common method is Pride, never fails.
  8. Weaken you : with desease, ailments, sickness, tiredness and ultimately kill you.

Be not decieved demons are persistent and crafty (not to the credit). They will wait till you are at your weakest point then the attack comes by means of the above methods.

They flourish in sin and this gives them the legal right ie  you are the one opening the door for them to enter into your life and cause havoc in it.

One who dwells in sin is an open house just waiting for the devil to come in and take residence. Blame can’t be placed on anyone else on this one.

It is true however that since one is saved by the precious blood of Jesus  you cannot be “possessed” by demons. Possession translates to ownership and Christ redeemed you by his blood Gal 3 v 13, you are infact Christ’s.

But you can be under the influence of demons, be pressured by them and also be oppressed by them.

A better term to use is demonised as it were in the original Greek language

 Always be on guard from possible intrusion, the enemy  and his cohorts works day and night. Other areas to Guard are out attitudes and emotions. Behaviours, Past experiences.

Various/ Commonest Evil Spirits

Allow  me to list  how demons/evil unclean spirits will manifest in people, this is not exhaustive but just a common quick checklist if you will, just something to look out for.


Note: demons always operate in groups. They will gang up on you and one always invites another related to it, let’s examine.

  • Spirit of Pride: root to Satan’s fall
  • Spirit of Rebellion: where there is pride, rebellion will follow
  • Spirit of witchcraft : witchcraft is as rebellion 
  • Spirit of fear :this one cripples people, can enter someone in a moment of shock (witnesses a tragedy/accident) fear sets in 
  • Spirit of grief : came in as a result of fear,which when it (grief) settles lonilieness creeps into unworthiness into unloved into misery into depression into suicide the ultimate destruction
  • Spirit of disappointment : will call the spirit of rejection/ cause rejection  then it’s lonilieness turns to misery to depression to suicide
  • Spirit of unforgiveness : this leads to anger to hatred to violence and then murder
  • Spirit of resentment : similar pattern as above starts slow then escalates
  • Spirit of lying : compulsive lies, exaggerations,
  • Spirit of cursing : bad speech, foul language 
  • Spirit of blasphemy : thoughts, ideas, to oppose God.
  • Spirit of Gossip : most common especially in church 
  • Spirit of critism : some people can never find good in anything
  • Spirits of (mental ones) unbelief, doubt,compromise,forgertfulnes, confunsion, torment,insanity. Will affect the brain in your thinking.
  • Spirits of ( sexual nature) fornication, aldutery, masterbation, homosexuality, prostitution, beastiality, pornography, dominatrix, sexual fantasies
  • Spirit(s) of Lust : Nicotine, alcohol, drugs, gluttony, sniffing things like glue, rubber ,vanish wierd stuff . Main cause is spirit of frustration and in seeking comfort in something addiction sets in. Enslaved and owned.

 This list is endless, notice how one demon calls for another evil spirit that will come in and wreak havoc and escalates things if it goes unchecked and unchallenged.

Other ways demons enter people

  1. At birth : prenatal, unwanted children can be born with a spirit of rejection (a foetus senses it and the demons too), spirits of fear,lust,sexual perversion,drunkeness,drugs etc etc  can enter from mother to child.
  2. Childhood : abuse; physical, mental and sexual opens doors to evil spirits to enter children, pressure to perform demanding parents, fighting parents etc
  3. Dominating and manipulating parents, single parents leads to grown ups with spiritual umbilical cords not severed. (Yo momma issues men who won’t work, daddy issues most strippers)
  4. Occult : you practice evil ways you can guarantee demons will enter your life, you build a new convenant with the devil and God will and cannot protect you.
  5. Moment of weakness : eg marriage breakdown spirit of disappointment sets in then ur exposed to resentment the spiral starts
  6. Physical injuries : say you hit your head then all of a sudden that breaks and now brain this, epilepsy that 
  7. Continued sin: continued exposure to sin, eg watch more porn sex  demons (lust) will come in, watch horrors =spirit of fear, you get the idea hopefully.


But not to worry too much there is Power in the name of Jesus to delivery you and authority is granted to the believer to cast out evil spirits.
 

 however it will not work if :

  1. The oppressed person isn’t desperate enough to seek help
  2. Wrong motives : you get delivered so you can live right,serve The Lord not go back into sin, demons return
  3. Failure to breakaway from the occult, little charms, delvish objects, 
  4. Self centredness, attention seekers are candidates to allow the demons back. Donot deceive yourself.
  5. Failure to break evil relationships
  6. Continued exposure to sin

For deliverance to stay

One must:

  1. Make Jesus Lord
  2. Praise & worship (garment of praise v spirit of heaviness)
  3. Put on the Full armour of God
  4. Live by the word of God
  5. Submitt to God resist the Devil
  6. Right fellowship ie walk in the light, path of righteousness
  7. Self disclipline 
  8. Make Jesus center in your life

Chapter VII: Satan’s Ground forces, The occult

Witchcraft,Rebels,Idolatry and False Religions.

And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience Eph 2 v 1-2

There also enemies we face on the earth, in the natural world , for more clarification consider these points:

  • The devil’s wants to dominate and rule over mankind.He wants to recieve worship and is driven by rebellion, pride and disobedience 
  • Witchcraft is the religion of fallen man
  •  Witch Doctor is the Satanic priest of the religion of witchcraft,they seek power
  • Pagan gods are the Satanic angels and are contacted by the priest through witchcraft
  • The practice of witchcraft then simply put is seeking power,control of people/circumstances through unholy means and under the spirit that is not the Holy Spirit.

A good example was king Saul when he contacted a witch 1 Sam 28 v 7-18, he chose to seek direction from a woman with a familiar spirit,this spirit was not holy, therefore not the Holy Spirit and that is what is practicing witchcraft.

This will include the horoscopes,magic,Ouija boards,tarot cards,fortune telling.

People may get into them through ignorance, but these practices have a demonic base to them,there are evil spirits behind them which give just a litte knowledge to those people involved, just enough to get them hooked then excercise control over them.

People are easily decieved when they are looking for quick easy answers,direction or at times just simply plain curious. That is the trap.

In the physical world,people and thier behaviours. You will be supprised how witchcraft works, you will identify it with the following three practices:

  1. Manipulation: another way people seek to control others is through manipulation. A wife will seek to manipulate her husband by offering or withholding favours,tears or some emotional stuff,a child will manipulate a parent by throwing a tantrum.Shame this has found it’s way in churches too,a pastor will say 5 of you will give $1000 or 10 of you will give €2000.
  2. Intimidation: again using a family setting,a husband who will intimidate his wife with brutish behaviour perharps even violence. Using force,power and scare tactics to gain position,bullying,blackmail.
  3. Domination: this is the ultimate goal of the two above which is to exert control. Domination is an evil term which uses either guilt or force.

Idolatry is based on stubborness, disobedience and rebellion.

  • It births rebels who as the scripture above indicates are under the control of the devil.
  • It rejects God’s legitimate authority as king Lord God and Creator. Jesus is the image of God,the only true image. God cleary states that you shall have no other gods but me,these followers do the opposite.
  • An idol is anything that you put first in place of God, can be money,a job,a carrear,a partner,a hobby. God should always come in your life.

False religions: 

Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Spirit 1 Cor 12 v 3

I believe that verse is self explanatory,any religion that doesnot recognised Jesus Christ as the Messiah,as the Son of God, as The Lord and Savior is in fact and by all means a false religion

False religion have false prophets that seek to pervert, corrupt the word of God.

 

Acts 13 v 6-10 An incident involving Paul and Barnabas and they traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, ‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?’

 


The Astrologer will plot your future,believe it or not demons have an evil prophecy for your life which will come to pass if you don’t counter it with the word of God.

When you receive/read and believe in it you are plotting disaster for own life whether you know it or not.


Card readers work in a similar way, one will tell you that you will be involved in a car wreck for example but really won’t tell you how to get out of it. If you agree and receive this, it will happen to you, it’s a spiritual law see.

You have to counter this with the word of God, Ps 118 V 17 says “I will live and not die, I will proclaim what The Lord has done.” 

Take heed that you are not deceived

Chapter VI: Strategies of the Enemy 1.0

 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 pt 5 v 8

The kingdom of darkness has battle plans well constructed to keep you down.There are well crafted methods custom designed to fit the target they are intended for.Allow me to list some 

  • Distraction  

Afflictions and Persecutions: the enemy is very careful on keeping you off looking at God and Jesus’s finished work on the cross,and more looking at the circumstances in your life.
This will come and manifest in all sorts of issues and problems like sickness,mental health problems,lack of peace,lack of money,lack of resources.This list is inexhaustible,but majority of ailments and issues are a result of evil spirits designed to keep you distracted and away from the word of God and his presence.

I remember peter when he walked on water,the wind (circumstances) made him take his eyes of Jesus and immediately he began to sink, see how it works? Storms in your life are there for this very design  ie distraction.

  • Conflict 

Divisions: the enemy has crafted this to perfection so bad that it has even infested the church, no one can agree with any one. There are wars in this day and age, racial divides, cultural, gender, classes divisions the rich vs  the poor,he preached this  I preach that… Division division division.

Jesus warned about the dangers of division “a house divided by itself cannot stand” whenever there is unity things prosper and the results are positive. Often when there is unity organised ready to stand as one in one accord so that they accomplish a (holy) uniformed goal,you can bet the enemy will strike as soon as possible.

  • Guilt,shame and condemnation 

This is the oldest method in time,and we fall for it each time. The word of God calls him the accuser of the brethren.So when you do something wrong you can rest assured he will remind you of it every minute of your life.

As a Christians it is important  to realise your position in respect to what the blood of Jesus did for you in terms of sin, which he redeemed you (literary  bought back) from sin and judgement.

This is always a tricky proposition to understand, yes you are saved and you will miss the mark from time to time. Point to remember is don’t let that keep you down and separated from God that you can’t come to him.

Intentional habitual sin is rebellion against God and should be stopped and repented from. Repentance is a decision to stop evil ways and walk a godly path.

The Holy Spirit never condemns you but rather convicts you ie convinces you that your acts are wrong and advises you to do better and it stops there. 

If there is guilt and condemnation it’s not from God. This is a deliberate attack from the devil to keep you down in shame.

  • Lies,wolves and foxes; the misdirection and great deception

Catch us the foxes the little foxes that spoil the vines -song of Solomon 2 v 15

The word spoil above literally means to either pervert, corrupt, destroy.

There is a word wolves in sheep’s clothing.

And another the devil is a liar.

May seem like just terms but there is a lot of truth in these statements,the biggest other way the Christian have been mislead.

False teachers,false prophets, there is a lot of bad information which had dressed to look right.Left right and center the word of God is being corrupted,destroyed and perverted to the hearers.Wrong teachings doctrines and beliefs systems are taught and followed none of which have basis in scripture.If they do they have half truths in them,not consistent with the whole word of God.

The word of God never contradicts itself,it confirms itself.

Today there is tendency of picking what suits and leaving out that word which doesn’t suit us/our doctrine.

Take heed that you are not decieved Watch out for this misdirection.

  • Battle of the mind 

You will lose warfare in your thinking. Satan point of contact towards us in our body is through the mind.

Each and every temptations starts with a thought. The part you decide is if you will act on such thoughts. Satan’s point of enrty is suggestion “doesn’t she look good?” “If only I could have her car“. 

Mostly intincing us to gain something through illligimate (unholy) means. See you don’t loose the battle to sin when you sin but before when you the decesion to sin. Say u decide to steal something your mental agreement to do it will lead your body to take corresponding action in the physical and behold you end up actually taking and possessing in the physical something thats not rightly yours. 

Works this way for all manner of things aldutery,fornication,murder lies,corruption,deception,fear it all starts in the mind.It all starts with a thought.

You need to measure (capture) your thoughts and distinguish which thoughts are from God which are from the devil. If find yourself thinking things you know you have no business thinking about, then it’s time to arrest that thought (bring it down to the obedience of Christ the logos the word of God) 

Others worth mentioning that infiltrates through the mind and are barriers to the believer:

  1. Fear
  2. Worry
  3. Loosing Hope
  4. Anxiety
  5. Unbelief 
  6. Doubt

The power of thought is such that once it takes hold you will act on it,and actions have consequences good and bad consequences,it’s why we must win the battle of the mind 
 

Chapter V:The purpose of thier opposition 

For He said to him, “Come out of the man, unclean spirit!”Then He asked him,“What is your name?”And he answered, saying,“My name is Legion; for we are many.”Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country.Mark 5 v 8-10

This story is a perfect and the best revelation of what it’s all about 

  • a fight for the territory

It all begins with this man who was demon tormented and they put him through hell.It is interesting when the conversation started between the unclean spirit “Legion” and Jesus it recognised who he was and called him by name “Son of the most high God” and later the demon asked permission from Jesus that if he could cast him out of the man,it was fine but not to send him/them/Legion out of the country/territory/domain.It is here we must realise that really it wasn’t just about the man but the area/place/geographical sorrounding.

This must then open our eyes to fact that there is a bigger picture here.They don’t mind leaving the individual as long as they remain in the area.But consider this:-Christ won the territory for you on the cross,you were given the dominion and authority to trample serpents and put everything under your foot,so my question is why are you letting the enemy have what’s yours?

  • To the winner goes the spoils

Another reason they oppose is that who ever is victorious in this spiritual battle has the victory in the physical world eg   

  1. Daniel fasted 21days and it took 21days for his answer to come,it was during this time that the Archangel was dispatched to aid the other angel. 
  2. Another example is David and Goliath,Goliath cursed David by his gods and David’s responded with his God and we know the giant lost his head to a young sherpard boy.
  3. Elijah and the prophets of Baal when he called down fire from heaven that consumed the sacrifice that was drenched in water.

Point I am making is yes the authority is yours,as is the dominion but if you don’t exercise it and engange the enemy you will lose that which is trully yours.

  • To thwart God’s Purposes on earth 

As I already said the enemy cannot attack God directly so the next best thing is to attack his people,unfortunately as a Christian this mean YOU.The thing is we are the body of Christ and we have certain responsibilities:- 

  1. prepare ye the way of The Lord Jesus,(the messiah said he would never return until the gospel has been preached to all nations) so who will do the preaching?yes you and the rest of the Christians.The enemy success in delaying the coming back is by attacking the people of God in thier health,finances,families,knowledge,anywhere and anyway he can do to limit the productivity of Christians and thereby limiting how much they can do for the kingdom of God.Its all fair game to him. 
  2. To be conformed to the image of Christ,we must live our lives as how Christ is,last I checked our lord is on the right hand side of the father,if he is sick,worried,broke and addicted then perharps your reflection here does our lord justice.A little extreme but I hope you get my point.We must be healthy living abundant lives a reflection of Jesus,it is our reasonable service.
  3. As a church collectively when the body of Christ is weak,there cannot be a full results as God desires them to be in this world.
  • To undermine the work of the cross

The work of Jesus on the cross is the only basis that  the church/Christians have a legal ligitimate means of obtaining the promises of God.

The enemy opposes this because the promises of God through the blood sacrife of Jesus Christ contains the benefits and it is these benefits (some listed below) that are fuel and power to performance and restoration :-

  1. The grace of God
  2. The mercy of God
  3. Gifts of the spirit
  4. Provisions 
  5. Protection 
  6. Guidance & counsel
  7. Lifting of curses
  • It is thier rebellious nature

Notice they are driven by pride and it is said that their leader according to job 41 v 34 that he is the king of the children of the proud.They are driven by disobedience and rebellion and pride.

  • They just hate you

The day you got born again, recieved Christ you entered into this conflict and it’s a war make no mistake,the kingdom of darkness hates you and it’s just something you just have to accept.
I will close with this,the word of God says resist the devil and he will flee from you.Resist the enemy Resist the opposition.Hopefully with this understanding of why they oppose, you get a full appreciation of what is at stake and the importance of standing for it.

Chapter IV:Nature of Creation; Structure of the kingdoms

For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. Col 1 v 16

The writer here describes that Christ is the firstborn and all things in heaven and earth were created for him and through him,both the seen(physical) and the unseen(spiritual) were created both in heaven and on earth.Then the writer lists in order of the created things (a kind of celestial hierarchy if you will) which I would like to further investigate:

Thrones: this is a high,perharps the highest station and position that can be (eg the throne of God,the throne of Christ).This is for the holliest of the holy. Only a king sits on a throne.

Dominions: Adam was given this privilege once and he lost for all mankind,a domain is a territory and subjects that needs someone to rule over it. When you add king and domain you get a kingdom.God intended this to be a template of heaven on earth,which would mirror God’s sovereign position and power,his glory(splendour &majesty) in relation to all creation.In essence as a king God was setting up a colony on earth.

Principalities: a state/region/territory ruled by a prince can be a spiritual prince that guides,protects,watches over influences the actions of a state/religion/territory/group of people/individuals etc,eg Michael the Archangel was described as ” your chief prince Michael” by the angel who spoke to Daniel.

Powers: authority given which gives the right to rule and govern,subjugate,bring under,lead.

In contrast in the book of Ephians 6 v 10, the list doesnot include neither thrones nor dominion as what we fight/wrestle against.Christ won the victory for us and took dominion from the kingdom of darkeness on the cross Col 2 v 14-15 simply put ,the kingdom of Satan doesnot have these ranks.So then the structure of the devil’s kingdom looks something like this:-

Principalities: (rulerships) with rulers that controls and influences large areas,continents,kingdoms,cities or a group of ethic people

Powers : (authorities)evil doers, demons,evil spirits even people eg false teachers/prophets including the evil/demonic entities that empower them,witch doctors,others with evil miraculous powers,the occult,spells and curses practitioners.

Spiritual hosts: armies of wicked rebellious spirits that operate in the heavenilies.

NB very important to take note that whether or a principality or power regardless of whatever influence they posses they are ultimately not beyond the control of sovereign God.Everything is under the control of God so no matter how much the enemy try to frustrate God’s plans it is futile.In Romans 8 v 37-39 we are told that the Victory is assured in Christ.We also further see that God uses the wicked to bring his perfect plan into fruition as in Isaiah 46 v 10-11 and as also in Daniel 4 v 35,so there are subject to the control of God.

Chapter III:Becoming the Devil (The fall of Lucifer)

“How you are fallen from heaven,O Lucifer,[a] son of the morning!How you are cut down to the ground,You who weakened the nations!For you have said in your heart:‘I will ascend into heaven,I will exalt my throne above the stars of God;I will also sit on the mount of the congregation.On the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds,I will be like the Most High Isaiah 14 v 12-14

The origins of Satan,also known as the adversary,the opposer, the devil.He was known as a son of the morning.One of God’s created beings until he decided to rebel against God and undermine the authority of the Almighty God and that didnot work out so well for him.He fell from heaven (God’s heaven) and was tossed down.
The issue Satan had was Pride,about 5 times he said I,I,I that shows self depency and arrogance.When we discover more these are the traps he still uses today to use against God’s people.The spirit of pride and rebellion.

It is known he decieved some of  the angels under his charge and managed to somehow get a third of them to follow his kingdom of darkness.So the opposition is there.The devil is the complete opposite of Jesus Christ who according to Philippians 2 v 5-11 humbled himself and was obidient to God the father,even unto his death.The result was Jesus was exalted by the Father and given a name above all names.
The oldest book in bible of Job 41 talks about a sea creature called Leviathan,a mystical monster of unknown origins vicious difficult to destroy,what caught my attention was verse 34 of that chapter which said 

He beholds every high thing;He is king over all the children of pride.”

I believe this describes the devil/a manifestation of the devil,so all children who have pride are ruled by the devil.He is also manifested as a serpent in the garden and a dragon in revelations.But also he is described as a beautiful created being with great musical talent.In fact his beauty is credited to one of the reasons he got prideful.
This fall was predicated because of Pride and Rebellion.

It is the case that  since the Devil cannot destroy God,he instead goes against God’s children in an attempt to frustrate God’s plans.It here we must realise that the battle is on going,we are constantly under attack since the kingdom is at war and the devil will use anything and everything at his disposal to ruin your life.Which is why it is important as a Christian to stay alert and be diligent.
Make no mistake the devil is real,demons are real though unseen in this physical realm and they are your enemy.

Chapter II: the three heavens

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Gn 1 v 1 

A very well known popular verse,but notice something heavens plural,so there is more than one heaven in creation and hence existence.

he who descended is also the one who asceneded far above all the heavens…Eph 4 v10

Perhaps the verse below will illustrate my point as to why I choose the number 3.There is no biblical word of God that demonstrated that the number was above the number 3

I know a man in Christ who fourteen years whether in the body I do not know,or whether out of the body I do not know,God knows such a one was caught up to the third heavens 2 cor 12 v 2

This brings me to believe that there are three heavens,my thinking is that the first heaven is our one where we can see the atmosphere, the sky,the clouds etc and the third heaven is the heaven where God dwells with Christ on his right hand of the Throne and in the middle of that is where the other heaven is.This is where the kingdom of darkness has its presence.Let’s look at what the angel said to Daniel in his records in chapter 10 v 12-13

then he said to me do not fear Daniel for from the day that you set your heart to understand and to humble yourself before your God your words were heard and I have come because of your words,but the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me 21 days and behold Michael one of the chief princes came to help me for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia.

There was more going on here than meets the eye,the angel had been held up 21 days,but the beings which held the angel up in this instance,were not human but rather spiritual beings.Typically angels are stronger than men as described in scripture and I doubt however strong these kings/princes may have been in the physical,even they would have trouble withstanding an angel.No,the prince of the kingdom of Persia and the kings of Persia described here are the spiritual principalities and authorities which ruled over and influenced the physical kingdom of Persia.This angel was struggling with and in conflict with these spiritual powers and hosts of wickedness in the heavinilies Eph 6 v 12,until the Archangel Michael came to aid him.

This would explain in part, the delay between the time we pray till the time we get an answer to said prayer or the manifestations in the physical.

This would also explain having to “Pray through for a breakthrough”, it is,we are actually not just metaphorically breaking through a territory.What happens in the spiritual realm,mirrors what happens in the physical realm as evident above.Daniel recieved the answer to his prayer after this conflict was won by the angel sent by God.

I believe the second heavens where spiritual warfare happens is,where this angel was held up, in between God’s heaven (the heaven of Gods presence) and the heaven of the earth where Daniel was.
So I submitt to you that there are three heavens according to scripture.

Chapter I :the two kingdoms

 Now when the Pharisees heard it they said,“This fellow does not cast out demons except by Beelzebub,the ruler of the demons.” But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. If Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his kingdom stand? Matt 12 v 24-26   

This speech  made by Jesus himself clearly demonstrates that Satan has a kingdom as well.Most often this fact is either not known or is just ignored.The kingdom of God which is the kingdom of light has spiritual hosts called angels and the kingdom of darkness has evil spirituals workers called demons.

These are two opposing kingdoms which have been in conflict since the fall of Lucifer (chapter III). As Christians we need to know the operations of this kingdom of darkness and understand the enemies we face, for they are constantly plotting our downfall and seek only to steal, kill and destroy us,and thwart the purposes of God over our lives.This is a matter to be taken seriously.

In the ministry of Jesus, he cast out devils (unclean spirits) several times and he even gave authority to his followers to do so as well.This action alone demonstrates the fact that the kingdom of God is stronger than the kingdom of darkness.The reality is the stronger drives out the weaker so the power is on our side,the authority given but that does not mean there will be no resistance.