We already touched on this issue when we talked about spiritual warfare and when we talked about who we are fighting against. I wanted to call the information in the article a tactic.
Tactics is an integral part of military art, including the theory and practice of training and combat by units, units and subunits of various types of armed forces, military branches and special forces on land, in the air, at sea and in the information space, and military-theoretical discipline.
In other words, in order to fight, one must understand HOW to conduct spiritual warfare. I will stress again. The source of wisdom is in heaven. From there the images of heaven come to us. So Moses received guidance in the construction of the tabernacle. And, as we know, human forces there were NOT MAJOR. And further, on the pages of Scripture, we see military battles that DO NOT AGREE to human perception. When 300 people defeat the army. When the enemy runs without any help from people.
From the new history we can give an example of the war of the state of Israel with its powerful neighbors. Similarly, in spiritual warfare there are principles that we need to know.
We see a sign - the expulsion of demons. This sign accompanied the preaching of the gospel. This is a supernatural action that does not depend on a person. God confirms His Word.
The gift of miracles, a sign, walking in faith.
When we talked about the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, we saw that miracles meant the expulsion of demons. The difference between the sign and the gift of the Spirit is that the sign can appear only once, and the gift will appear constantly.
But our discussion is now NOT ABOUT GIFTS and not about SIGNS. It is important for us to see how to walk by faith and how to conduct spiritual warfare every day.
Who is commanding?
Discipline is very important. Any warlord will tell you this. If there is no trust, there is no obedience. This means that there will be no harmony and clarity.
harmoniously - harmoniously compose or constitute, measure, be harmonious or proportionate.
In the old and new testament, the word "harmoniously" is translated in different ways. But the essence, in principle, is one. We do not pay much attention to translation here, since the essence is different.
The head is Christ. Obedience to the Head in the Body is not discussed. And in an ordinary body, if members do not behave under the guidance of a chapter, this looks very inappropriate.
And that is very important. In the previous verse it is written - WE HAVE COMPLETENESS IN IT. Any war requires strength and resources. Therefore, it is so important to be in Him.
Let me remind you again. The devil will try to bring us to the level of the flesh. At the level of human affairs, rules, circumcision, uncircumcision. So that we cannot use the power of God, the power of God. How Balaam taught Balak to convert Israel into opponents of God. And all that Israel had at that time - God's guidance, protection, protection, was not sore in the knees ... everything was lost by one action. They denyed faith in God by deeds and began to worship alien gods through adultery.
So, we decided on a very important concept. You can’t fight without a Head, without leadership. The commander gives orders that the military obey. Let's look at the orders that are already given to us.
Suffering, the temptation of the flesh.
It is very important to understand this truth correctly. Not all problems are dictated by demons and not all need to be disposed of. I emphasize - we have a military leader, the Head, Christ. He leads His Body, His army. We see Paul, who not only suffered humiliation and beatings, but also opposed them sometimes. God's will is very important.
Do not give place
and do not give (endow) places (space, terrain, region) to the devil. (Eph. 4:27)
They say that the disease is easier to prevent than to cure. So it is here. Why let the devil and then cast him out? By the way, note that you have the power to give or not. Just carefully and prayerfully think about it. The point is not that he is arrogant and a deceiver, but that we have this power. And we can concede it. How can we give him a place?
For example, believing in its strength and ability to harm us. Start fighting with those who are less than the One who is in us, with those who are powerless and disgraced. Start accepting a visible manifestation that contradicts the Word for reality, and call the problem, the disease by name ...
In all these verses there is not even a hint to go somewhere, to run after someone, to expel someone. How to conduct spiritual warfare? Become against. The fact is that in order to stand up against one who scares like a lion and roars, in order to stand up against a problem, illness by faith must be a BELIEVER and NOT BE AFRAID.
A person evades when he sees an approaching danger and accepts the fact of a threat to himself. You dodge the stone flying in you, the car riding on you ... But the Word speaks of the CONFIDENCE OF FAITH and that you need to KEEP THE CONFESSIONS OF HOPE UNKINTABLE. Paul believed and therefore spoke. See the order of the Head at the approach of danger? Stand against his deception. Truth is only with Christ. It is important to STAND.
... a shield of faith that you can quench (to crush) all the red-hot arrows of the evil one, (Eph. 6:16)
Again we see an action that cannot be called an attack or exile. Quench, suppress, that is, make it incapable of bringing damage. There is such a saying that we do not turn a fly into an elephant. So here is the reverse process. What seems like an elephant must be turned into a microbe. Have you often heard some news that is presented as the end of everything? We have a confession of faith and the Word, which is the truth and it must quench all the deception of the devil. Truth makes us free.
One must always pray. Prayer in tongues is very important for those who have this gift. And our prayer should be directed to our brothers and sisters, to the saints. All these are the orders that we already have. It makes no sense to ask about something else, NOT COMPLETING what has already been said. It is not necessary to become like a “hero” who had to be stopped with the help of a donkey. I am sure that it is for the same reason that today many bring false teachings to the Church. They are looking for the answer that has already been given. And they think that they receive an answer from God.
Looking at the advice that ALREADY given to us in the Word, we can conclude that the conduct of spiritual warfare is NOT OFFENSIVE. Most often, the conversation is about believing, professing, not evading, quenching, confronting, not giving a place. It may seem that the conversation is about the fact that we must always defend ourselves against the one who attacks.
But let's be consistent. Jesus is a conqueror. He triumphed over ALL forces, authorities and authorities. By his death, He stripped the devil of power. And if we ask ourselves how to conduct spiritual warfare, then ALL instructions should be considered.
So, in Him, having fullness, we behave as winners. Not individually, but in conjunction with brothers and sisters. The enemy is condemned, but can attack when he is given a place, when we live according to the flesh, do not submit to the will of God, “acquiring” temptations. Our business is to preach the gospel. We are led by the Spirit, one of the purposes of which is to tell the world that "...the prince of this world is condemned ...».
When the victorious army goes where the military leader directed it with a special assignment, then it stands in its way, stands firmly, with faith against the one who is looking for someone to devour. He runs away from the actions of the Spirit through the Church. For it is not allowed to interfere with the fulfillment of God's commission, God's work. We have been given power and we must use it for the glory of God.
What are these spiritual powers?
These are "demons", "demons", "unclean spirits" (synonyms). Their goal is to do destructive work among people. They are under the direction of higher spiritual forces, whose location is in the second heaven.
At the head of all enemy spiritual forces is the devil, and he, along with part of the fallen angels, exercises control over the lower demons that dwell among people and create problems there.
Do you need to get involved in this war?
Not all diseases will be healed by laying on of hands or by anointing with oil, but at least half of them will go away only after demons are cast out or witchcraft or a curse is destroyed. As we read the gospel, we find mention of the expulsion of demons in the same proportion as healings.
Example. One blind-born woman went to prayer for healing seven times and was only healed for the seventh time. The Lord showed me that the eyes of that woman, who went out to pray seven times, entangled an octopus-like creature around her tentacles. Whenever I prayed, the anointing of God came down and beat off one of the tentacles. During the next prayer, another of the tentacles was supernaturally removed. In the end, during the last meeting, the woman went out to prayer with the only tentacle remaining, which still enveloped her eyes. It seemed to be the spirit of blindness that held the woman in the world of darkness. When I prayed for her on the last day, the remaining tentacle was removed, and the woman was able to clearly see. The Lord revealed to me then how demonic forces hold back and block us with whole armies. (Mahesh Chavda)
Some people come to God by His attraction and calling, and perhaps no one even prayed for them. But this does not happen to all people.
Example. Pastor Sizar Kastelanos from Colombia (at Kastelanas’s church has 300 thousand people, a church that collects only 60,000 teenagers in youth meetings every week) for years prayed for his brother to repent, but he did not repent. Then he prayed to God and asked what was the problem. The Lord asked him a question. - "Cesar, who is stronger than I or the devil?" - "Of course you are the Lord." Answered Cesar. “Then why are you still allowing the devil to keep your brother captive?” “You must recapture your brother from the devil.” After that, in prayer and fasting, Cesar began to fight and fight for his brother, and two weeks later he ran to the church in tears and gave his life to Christ and is now Cesar's assistant.
Cesar Castelanos teaches his leaders that if you have not fought for a man for at least 30 days, then you may not bring him to church, because he will sit on a bench and after the meeting will go back to the world anyway. The soul must be won for the Lord.
Matthew 12: 28-30 But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then of course the Kingdom of God has reached you. Or, how can anyone enter the house of a strong man and plunder his things if he does not first bind a strong man? and then he will plunder his house. He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
You will have to be in this spiritual warfare. You can ignore the demonic forces as much as you want, but they will not ignore you. Demons are 100% busy 24 hours a day only to harm you and me and other people. How many hours a day and how many percent do you resist the spiritual forces that oppose you?
You need to fight because
1. The sons of God destroy the works of the devil. That was the purpose of Jesus, and that should be your goal.
1 John 3: 8 ... For this, and the Son of God appeared to destroy the works of the devil.
2. Power over sicknesses and demons is given to you. Jesus gave you the right to heal illnesses and cast out demons. If you do not do this, then other people and personally you will find yourself under the blows of witchcraft, diseases, dangers and other attacks.
Matthew 10: 8 heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons, have received for free, give for free.
3. So you can resist the attacks. In the days when you will be under the attack of enemy power, you are told to fight, because in this way you can resist these attacks and resist.
Eph.6: 11 Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be opposed to the wiles of the devil, because our battle is not against blood and flesh, but against the authorities, against the authorities, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against the spirits of wickedness under heaven
How not to wage a spiritual warfare
- You can’t wage war against spirits over districts, cities, countries, unless there is a calling for this, special training and a trained prayer team.
- You can not use abusive and insulting expressions to demonic forces, but to pray and order with authority. More action, less words.
- You cannot wage spiritual warfare outside of church authority, in disobedience or rebellion, or in conscious sin. It will all turn against you.
You must understand that this is a spiritual war and since you are already involved in it anyway, you must wage this battle correctly so as not to have defeats.
How to wage a spiritual warfare
There are three main weapons against demonic forces. It is with these weapons that you need to wage this spiritual warfare.
Matthew 4: 10 Then Jesus said to him: Depart from me, Satan, for it is written: Worship the Lord your God and serve Him alone.
Eph.6: 17 ... and the spiritual sword, which is the Word of God
During periods of attacks on your life or when you are fighting a battle against demons, you need to apply and affirm the word of God, following Jesus' example. You must powerfully pronounce one or another word of God against the enemy.
Mark 9: 28-29 And as Jesus entered the house, his disciples asked him in private: why couldn’t we cast him out? And he said unto them: This kind cannot go out except by prayer and fasting.
Acts 12: 5 So they guarded Peter in prison, meanwhile the church prayed diligently for God to him
This is not about a “sluggish" five-minute prayer. In moments when demons take up arms or when there is a struggle for souls or when the enemy has blocked your finances, you need to pray belligerently and pray until victory + take the post.
Luke 10: 19, I give you the power to step on snakes and scorpions and all the power of hostility, and nothing will harm you
Mar.16: 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons, they will speak new languages
When it comes to expelling demons or confronting them, then you must use the power of the Name of Jesus. Demons near you or outside you or over another person are required to obey orders in the Name of Jesus.
In conclusion, I would like to add that all these weapons will work only with faith.
Mark 9:23 Jesus said to him: if you can believe at all, everything is possible for the believer.