- Operating Spiritual intelligence for Effective Warfare –
God has provided us with all the spiritual intelligence necessary to maintain our position of conquest and remain victorious over Satan and demonic powers always in life. But the simplicity of this truth, and biblical pattern of spiritual warfare according to new creation realities is making many believers stumble on this dynamic part of our Faith in Christ.
The actual reason Satan is always seeking to complicate the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ, and pervert the subject of Spiritual warfare, is so that he can continue to take advantage of the believer’s gullibility, usurp the believer’s Authority, and weaken the believer’s position of Victory and Dominion over Him.
Apostle Paul, being overwhelmed by the vulnerability of believers’ for being corrupted by Satan’s subtlety from the simplicity that is in Christ, was in constant prayers , “ asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God” 2 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 1:17
In other words, Paul was saying, “I pray that God should open your eyes to see the position of great power and standpoint of strength from where you now operate. So that you may know that there is therefore no more contest for Power and Dominion, for in Christ Jesus, and by His victory on the Cross and resurrection from the dead, we possess all Authority in heaven and on earth”. Hallelujah!
In view of this irrefutable reality, he exclaimed, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power” Ephesians 6:10
Therefore, Spiritual warfare, in the new covenant, is neither fighting to defeat Satan and subdue demons, nor a battle for victory. Rather, REAL warfare is enforcing Christ’s conquest over Satan and exerting kingdom Authority and Dominion over his demonic cohorts.
We are no LONGER fighting to WIN, we are enforcing VICTORY to REIGN – That’s the FINISHED work! We are no Spiritual Warriors, but Sons of the kingdom and agents of Authority; afforded for us by Christ to fulfilling the dominion mandate of our Father, and our Lord Christ Jesus.
For it is written, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me…. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew 28:18, 20.
“Behold! I have given you authority and power to trample upon serpents and scorpions, and [physical and mental strength and ability] over all the power that the enemy [possesses]; and nothing shall in any way harm you.”
However, the level of influence you can exert over satanic forces, and the amount of authority you are able to command is relative to your level of spiritual intelligence, and how PROPERLY you are DRESSED to maintain and defend your position of VICTORY. That is, how much KNOWLEDGE you have about the dynamic workings of your Spiritual Armour, and how well you are able to PUT IT ON for sustained victory.
In addition to Apostle Paul’s charge to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power, he further
CHALLENGES you as a believer in Christ to “Put on the FULL armour of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes, and when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand” Ephesians 6:11, 13
NOTICE, he did not say “so that you can fight to defeat Satan”, he is already a defeated and conquered desperado, but he said, “so that you can STAND YOUR GROUND against his cunning and desperate intrusions and schemes”.
We are not on the offensive anymore, but we now must STAND FIRM in defence of Righteousness, Truth, and Authority.
Therefore, Warfare Prayer, and Fall-down-and-die prayer, and yelling of Fire! Fire!! Fire!!! all night are not what will resist Satan. It is the Whole Armour of God [security instruments of God’s power and seal of His Authority upon a child of God].
However, prayer is the main thrust of our relationship with God. It aligns you with God for Fellowship, Growth, and Strength. It is earnest prayers the refines, secures, and refurbish you armoury. Prayer prepares you!
Nevertheless, it is incorrect to speak of “praying down” or “praying against” demonic forces when we really mean exercising authority in Christ to directly resist and command Satan to leave. Kenneth E Hagin wrote: “believers are not called in to engage with demonic spirits in order to break strongholds, they are simply asked to proclaim the word of God [Authority over every contrary force] in the power of the Holy Spirit”.
The only responsibility assigned to EVERY believer, in spiritual warfare, and in the context of the FINISHED WORK of Christ is to DRESS FULLY well IN the WHOLE Armour of God, so as to be able to maintain his position of victory in Christ, and to withstand every crooked and indiscriminate attacks of Satan and His demonic forces on rampage of regrets “None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.” 1 Corinthians 2:8.
Solemnly, this instruction comes with an emphatic qualifier; put on the “WHOLE” armour of God. This suggests that, total EXPERIENCE of VICTORY in the life of the believer, principally depends on ENSURING that nothing is carelessly left out of the armoury unworn or unattended, otherwise there is the RISK of casualties and avoidable afflictions. That is to say, we open our lives up for Satan, or his demonic forces to attack us if we are not PROPERLY and WHOLLY dressed as CONQUERORS
Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, 1 Peter 5:8-9
Go forward, and subsequently as the God inspires me through the Holy Spirit, we will critically contemplate each of the components of the Whole Armour of God, as Apostle Paul further outline in Ephesians 6: 14-18. I trust God to instruct us with great details about how we can effectively maintain our STAND of VICTORY, and firmly resist every scheme of Satan and his demonic cohorts, being FULLY clad in the WHOLE Armour of God.