And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: (Ephesians 6:17 KJV)
Christians usually get spiritual warfare mistaken. One mistake we have is understanding who we are to fight, and how to fight!
Who are we fighting?
-We have one enemy, the devil. We argue and have problems with people, but people aren’t our enemies.
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;) (2 Corinthians 10:3, 4 KJV)
-We must understand that the same way that Christians aim to be led by the spirit of God, some people are led by the devil and by their flesh (human, sinful desires).
-The devil went into Judas and caused him to betray Jesus. The devil also influences the lives of others, sometimes they aren’t aware.
It is time to stop cursing at people. We were called to build one another up with love. You can’t use the same mouth to glorify God and curse people, that isn’t acceptable to God!
How do we fight the devil?
Not to use:
– Speaking in tongues
– Shouting, screaming, dancing, etc.
What to use:
– The word of God. Nothing more, nothing less. (See Matthew 4:1-11)
When Jesus was tempted by the devil, he was coming right off of a fast.
-The devil tried to test Jesus saying, if he was the Son of God, command these stones to become bread. Keep in mind, Jesus was HUNGRY! He went 40 days without food. The devil is fully aware of our needs and desires, he studies us. So he will tempt us by something he knows we are interested in. If you like a certain type of male/female, he will tempt you with it. However, Jesus answered it is written. He rebuked him with the word of God.
– The word of God is the only thing we can use to fight off the devil.
The devil also tried to quote Psalm 91 to Jesus while tempting him, Jesus rebuked him again with the word.
– When you don’t know your word, you’re defenseless against the enemies attack.
– God’s command was that Adam and Eve not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. When the devil tempted Eve, she said that they shouldn’t eat or touch it. That was not what God said. When we don’t know our word, the devil will pick us apart!
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 KJV)
– This scripture is true, all scripture is truth.
– If we ignore satan’s lies, the devil will eventually leave you alone. If you don’t bite his bait, he will have to leave to find something else to bring to you.
However, the devil is persistent. He will throw thoughts of lust, perversion, stealing, bitterness, fear, and even stress. So you must know that when all of your defenses are failing, get on offense. Attack him!
I don’t believe in going out and finding demons, but if they arise I have to know how to defend myself. With my sword!
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)
No demon in Hell can fight against you, and win, when you have your sword.
Keep your sword armed, keep it in your heart! Keep it in your spirit! We cannot prevail in anything we do, without knowing Christ. God grants favor to everyone, but when a child of God knows their sword, devils cannot mess with them!
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11 KJV)
It is not time to be a powerless Christian anymore, stand up and fight!
Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4 KJV)
– Tovares Grey