There are several new concepts that the Lord has given me in the past weeks. I hope to share some of this with you as this new year of 2015 unfolds. The primary concepts I am learning focus on spiritual warfare. Assuming I apply these concepts well, I look forward to having more victory over the enemy for myself, for family, and the community-at-large.
Isn’t is great how The Master has provided us with all we need for living victoriously in this life and the eternal life to come! And we get presented faultless when we come before His throne to boot!
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Prayerfully, discussions of victory shall abound! 🙂
Dr. N. Cindy Trimm has an eight volume series on Spiritual Warfare*. The series is entitled, Rules of Engagement.
In Volume 1 she gives very specific prayers to say regarding protecting yourself from Satan and his demons’ devices and how to speak positive anointed words/principles into your life. I particularly liked her prayers about decreeing and declaring. (Decree she defines as authority order, directive, or command enforced by law. Declare is to state emphatically and authoritatively.)
Here’s a sample from her book Vol 1, p. 41–
“I decree and declare wisdom is my counselor; the Holy Spirit is my Consultant; Jesus is my Advocate. God, El Elyon, my only Judge has declare and I therefore establish that my officers are peace, my exactors righteousness, my walls salvation, and gates praise (Genesis 47:27; Isaiah 60:17-18).”
So as you consider strengthening yourself in the Lord through prayer, I ask you what are you decreeing and declaring?
* If you are new to spiritual warfare,take caution. Battling against Satan and his forces is not something one should try as a casual past time.
See my other entries from November 14, 2009, and April 26, 2010, for more.
The concept of spiritual warfare came up again in my life.
First, I was reminded that the battleground of spiritual warfare is in the mind. Satan does his best to gain control over us by provoking us to think and speak ungodly concepts. (If the Word of God says a situation is or can be, don’t defy it by speaking the negative even if your eyes see the negative!)
Also, we can not win the battle over Satan by using tangible weapons such as guns, knives, or swords. To defeat Satan we must use fasting and prayer, praise, worship, and the Word of God (See II Corinthians 10:3-5).
See November 14, 2009, posting for the beginning of this series.
Just recently, I was asked what is spiritual warfare. Spiritual warfare is often thought of as an invisible war between between Satan and the other fallen angels (demons) and God. While God is the ultimate victor, Satan will do all in his power to thwart God’s plan for mankind.
If that previous line means little to nothing to you, try this. Long story short: Satan tried to take God’s ultimate place and honor in heaven. God banished him and 1/3 of the his followers out of heaven forever. Satan is angry that God kicked him out of heaven. Satan can not defeat God. Yet, to get back at God, Satan does all he can to distract or discourage mankind (God’s ultimate creation) from accepting God plan’s for their lives (this includes accepting Jesus as personal Savior. )
There is much material on the subject of spiritual warfare. For now I want to include here one of the best definitions I have found since studying the subject in 2002 0r 2003.
Spiritual warfare is the analysis of an active participation in the invisible spiritual war. Spiritual warfare also includes the study of opposing forces of good and evil. the strategies of Satan, and spiritual strategies for overcoming the enemy.
Spiritual warfare is “multidimensional”…
- It is a social battle between the believer and the world — St . John 15:18-27
- It is a personal battle between the flesh and the spirit — Galatians 5:16-26
- It is a supernatural battle betwen believers and the evil spiritual powers — Ephesian 6:10-27 (See Spiritual Spiritual : A Manual for Spiritual Warfare, pg. 10.)
Note: As of today, this link works for retrieving a full 200+ copy of the manual. Go to http://ctaoc.com/courses/SpiritualWarfare.pdf for a copy of the manaul.
Let’s talk about what spiritual warfare means to you.
What are your experiences with spiritual warfare?