Rev 12:7-9 “And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.”
The devil wasn’t destroyed in that great battle in heaven, he was cast out. In order to win, he had to change his tactics. He’s not going to meet you in a court and yell, ‘Mortal Combat!’ He’s too sneaky for that.
He’s going to sneak up on you or like a cobra does, hypnotize you. He’ll say something like, ‘Hey this looks good.’ Or he’ll just set a trap like he did with Eve.
Jesus breathed into us. We are in His image. We know there’s a battle. We know there’s warfare that must be fought. There’s a war all around us. The attack comes from all different sides.
The devil will not meet you on the battle field with a pair of numb chucks. He won’t play fair. The Scripture says, ‘though we walk in the flesh, we don’t war after the flesh’. Our weapons are not fleshly, but are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down everything that sets itself up higher than God.
We have to realize first that we are not in a physical battle. There is nothing in this world that will allow us to prevail. Spiritual warfare goes against the grain of all you’ve ever known about warfare and how it’s fought.
James 4:7-8 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.”
First, submit yourselves to God.
Draw nigh to God and He will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, you sinners and purify your hearts, you double minded.
Don’t go messing in sin if you want the victory. Purify your thoughts. You can’t say you’re with the Lord and also want to be over with the Lord at the same time. During WWII if you’re on the side of the allies, you wouldn’t go hang out in a Nazi bar. Do we do that as Christians? Do we hang out in bars and do things we shouldn’t? If you’re not strong enough for spiritual warfare, don’t go picking fights you can’t handle.
Sometimes, the best offense is a good defense. I don’t know a better defense against getting mugged on the south side of Chicago than staying away from the south side of Chicago.
We have weapons. They’re just not what you think. They’re not carnal.
- Pray without ceasing. ‘I’ve hardly ever prayed longer than five minutes, but I’ve hardly ever gone longer than five minutes without praying.’ Throughout the day, pray. If I spend only a few minutes in the morning I spent a great time with my spouse, but the rest of the day, even though she sat next to me, I didn’t talk to her at all, that would not be good. We need to get in a place where we truly commune with Him. Talk to Him just as if He’s standing right next to you. He wants to talk to you. Pray without ceasing, without stopping, always.
- Spend some time rebuking. Acts 16:16-18 “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: The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.” The name that brings disaster to the forces of the enemy is given to us—Jesus. Even children can use this beautiful name without hurting themselves—Jesus. We need to recognize and cast out and rebuke those things that don’t need to be there. We need to not just ‘get along’ and avoid trouble. We can’t ignore it. That’s not enough. We have to actually cast out, rebuke, and get those things which come against us out of our lives.
- We’ve got promises that we can claim. God’s Word is the only thing exalted above His name. Tim 1:18 “This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;” You can spiritually warfare according to the prophecies spoken into your life. If the Lord says something, He will make it happen. We can claim that. If the circumstances don’t look like it’s heading in that direction, use those words in your prayer life to come against those things. This is a way to war from our knees.
Do we warfare when we pray? Or is it nice and flowery? Lord, bless Sis so and so… How about, “I command you forces of darkness to release Mary and Sally, in Jesus’ name. It’s not the will of God that any should perish but that all men should come to repentance.” We can pray against that spiritual wickedness in people’s lives.
From a sermon preached by: Pastor Skip Christo