Praise. I Sam 16:23 “And it came to pass, when the evil spirit from God was upon Saul, that David took an harp, and played with his hand: so Saul was refreshed, and was well, and the evil spirit departed from him.” The demons that tormented Saul couldn’t handle the praise that David sang. (All the Psalms are songs of praise to God.) Start worshipping the Lord. This is part of our warfare. ‘The Victory Chant’ is a great song to sing and to pray. Songs of praise can spiritually strengthen us. We can feel the enemy defeated through our praise. If you resist the devil this way, he will flee.
Another part of praise and worship is shouting. Picture the walls of Jericho coming down! Shout!!! When the people shouted and those walls fell, it was not a wimpy shout. It was a shout with a voice of triumph! We need to be lively, have authority and power.
Do you know why martial artists shout? It causes the other person to freeze for a moment. It’s because it instills a moment of fear which gives the shouter time to strike. So, the devil and the enemy are on the walls of Jericho scorning the Israelites, giving insults. Then, they walked around the city seven times and 500,000 people all shouted at once.
Alexander the Great faced the armies of Persia. They were outnumbered by 4 to 1. The Persian army is pretty confident and the Greek army is getting discouraged. Alexander got in front and he started to psych them up. ‘We’re great!’ All the soldiers of Greece started to shout and acted like crazy men. The Persians saw a blood lust in their eyes and they ran. It was a disastrous slaughter that day. There is a reason God taught His people to shout. We need to believe in the authority of the Name of Jesus Christ. We need to psych ourselves up. ‘I’m not taking it. I won’t be defeated. I am part of the church victorious!’ Somebody who shouts with confidence is saying, ‘I’ve already won.’ We need to have the faith boil up inside of us so that it comes out as a shout with power and authority. The demons say, ‘Uh oh. Somebody’s been reading the Bible and praying. Maybe we should leave now.’
Regular Fasting and Prayer. Mat 17:21 “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.” Daniel prayed and fasted for 21 days and then the angel came. What if he gave up on the 20th day? That angel received strength from Daniel’s fasting and prayer. We need to constantly train, practice, keep up our skills. In the Bible, there was a boy that threw himself into the fire. The apostles went over and couldn’t get the demon out. Jesus told them these only come out by prayer and fasting. When the father came to Jesus, He didn’t wait 21 days to boot out the demon. We need to have regular fasting so we are ready for the battle. This needs to be part of our lifestyle. Fasting doesn’t have to be giving up food. It can be giving up certain foods, favorite foods. Or you can give up other things. It’s about sacrifice and getting in tune with the spirit. It’s to get your body and your mind subjected to God. ‘I’m not going to give my body what it wants in order to get in tune so I can know how to pray and rebuke.’ You spend enough time in prayer and fasting and you will know what to do.
Eph 6:11 “Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Now that you know what to do, you’re going to have to actually fight, endure, go through it. 1Cor 13:11 “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” When I was a man, I put away childish things. Trying to maneuver through life without any conflict is something children try to do. God has a special grace for baby Christians.
“Thou art Peter, and this is my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” We have this attitude that the devil’s armies are advancing, but that’s not a clear picture of what’s really going on. Satan knows his time is short. He’s trying to hold ground. He’s just trying to keep what he’s got.
Gates don’t move. The gates of hell shall not prevail against the church. ‘The kingdom of heaven suffereth violence and the violent take it by force.’ We’re the ones who are supposed to be attacking. We’re supposed to pull souls out of hell. It can’t stand against us. We’re not supposed to be on the defense. We’re supposed to be on the offense. Our weapons aren’t carnal. We need to be forceful in our prayer life and fasting and praise. We need to be forceful in the things that we do.
‘One shall set a thousand to flight and two shall set ten thousand to flight.’ Mat 18:19-20 “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” We need each other. We must look past our irritations so that we don’t hurt unity. Be careful to always show our brothers and sisters that we need them. Christ is the head of the church. Our pastor is the head of this church. If we are in unity with his vision and his calling, as we are submitted to him and to Christ, that unity will naturally come. Your walk with God is # 1, then your family, then the church. Notice ‘I’ am nowhere in that. When you submit to Jesus, you take a backseat. If you are willing to humble yourself, He will exalt you. If I fall upon the rock, I will be broken. But, if the rock falls on me, I’m ground into the dust.
From a sermon preached by: Pastor Skip Christo.