The ways of a Special Operations Capable fighter in the field.
When one thinks
the first image to come to mind is that of two opposing armies, whether modern
or ancient, lined up and squared off on a battle field. Sword, spear, and
shield; gun, rifle or artillery round, they slug it out and the best one
is the victor. The spiritual realm is a little different, but the basic
principles remain. The conflict, the battle, the confrontation. Not a place
for whiners and lightweights, as a battle field is a hard and hazardous place.
But like it or not, everyone professing to be a Christian is a participant
and winning or losing in that arena is a daily and personal choice. Also,
the things of the spiritual arena are not weird or
spooky, but to be faced with level-headedness and strength. In
our "post-enlightened" age, demons and angels are all too often dismissed
as superstition, even by people claiming to be Christians. A lot of the time,
this attitude and belief is simply founded in fear of the unknown.
Gregory Boyd has said in
his book,'God at War, The Bible & Spiritual Conflict,' "If we modern
Westerners cannot "see" what nearly everyone else outside the little oasis
of Western rationalism the last several centuries has seen, then perhaps
there is something amiss with our way of seeing. It is just possible that
the intensely materialistic and rationalistic orientation of the Enlightenment
has blinded us to certain otherwise obvious realities. It is just possible
that our chronocentrism--our tendency to assume that the worldview we hold
at the present time is the ultimately true worldview--is preventing us from
seeing significant features of reality."
Many are familiar with
this Scripture verse:
Finally, my brethren,
be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour
of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For
we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against
powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual
wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God,
that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having
on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation
of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith
ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the
helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
. . . Ephesians 6:10-17
The word "stand" is used
four times in this passage. To take a stand against an adversary. To take
a stand for the Truth. To resist the working and attack of the enemy in your
spiritual and personal life, as he seeks to derail you from pushing forward
in your quest for the knowledge of the Truth.
The word "against" is used
six times in this passage. The conflict, the opposition. In the spiritual
realm: truth against deception, love against hate, light against darkness.
The Bible says, "Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." Romans
Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about seeking
whom he may devour: Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that
the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
But the God of all grace, who has called us unto his eternal glory, by Christ
Jesus, after that you have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish,
strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."
I Peter 5:8-11
Most people who have walked
with God for any length of time understand what the different pieces of the
armour of God represent, so for the sake of brevity, we will focus on another
aspect of warfare. About being "established" and "settled." How the Lord's
working and testing in our lives accomplishes that.
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 anymore
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. Revelation 12: 7-9
At this particular point
in Biblical prophecy, there is a great war in heaven. And so we see, warfare
and conflict affects even Heaven itself. And until the triumphant return
of Jesus Christ, wars and conflicts will continue, as this violence in the
heavenly sphere continues to spill out into the physical. These unseen denizens
of the spiritual realm, when one studies the angels of the Bible, are truly
dangerous creatures, and not to be dealt with in a trivial and contemptuous
manner, as is the habit of some. One angel alone wiped out a complete Assyrian
army! (II Chronicles 32:21) They are ancient, vastly intelligent, and very
experienced at what they do. They have been deceiving peoples and nations
for ages and have seen many of the likes of you and me. So we should learn
to respect such formidable foes, and rely completely on God's strength,
protection, and the standard issue weapons alone, as we walk the earth.
Concerning the spiritual
realm, author R. David Conner states this:
"The citizens of Heaven
are indeed sitting on a lot of firepower, more than can possibly be imagined.
We members of the Body of Christ Himself have access to all spiritual blessings
in Heavenly places. As you are probably aware, it is the spiritual and not
the physical, which is the command sphere. Beyond what I call the first
dimension, or earth (and the physical universe), is the second dimension
of the unseen world around us. It is the sphere of thoughts and spirits--both
good and bad. Above that is the Third Dimension (3rd Heaven of 2 Cor. 12:2),
which is the abode of the angels and the place of God's Throne. The earth
and the 2nd and 3rd heavens are created.
However, there is a
place located deep within created reality as we know it. It is called the
Secret Place of the Most High (Psalm 91:1) and is far above all heavens (Eph.
4:10) status-wise, not direction-wise. No created being of any kind, including
angels, has ever been there, nor can they even see it. It is the place of
God's personal abode, His "inner sanctum." The Godhead abides there in light
so bright that a slight glimmer could disintegrate entire galaxies. That
aspect gives new meaning to the phrase, "God is Light." The energy aspect
of that place gives meaning to the fact that, "Our God is a consuming Fire"
(Heb. 12:29). That most hallowed place--is not created, as it is the place
where God stood when He created the heavens and the earth.
God chose us in Christ,
from that place, before there was an earth or heavens (Eph. 1:4, 2 Tim. 1:9,
Titus 1:2). We are there now, in spirit (Eph. 2:6, Col. 3:1-4) and will appear
there with Christ Jesus when He returns. That place is also filled with perfect
love throughout, which is why it is said that "God is Love." We are now hidden
in Christ in God's Secret Place (in spirit), and it can well be said that
we have a lot of firepower! ". . . .and what is the exceeding greatness of
his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty
power." Eph. 1:19
I call this place the
Fourth Dimension in accord with Eph. 3:18."
The Bible says that,
"He that dwelleth in the
secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
We dwell there now, in
Him, which is the very Center of His Being. The position and authority we
possess in this capacity is unfathomable to even the most mature spiritual
Yet in such sharp contrast
to this plain Biblical truth is the grievous doctrinal error, the teaching
of demonology." That is if we have a problem with lust, or smoking
or drinking, or excessive spending, then we are possibly possessed with some
demon or dark spirit that is forcing us to engage in such activities. This
is truly ridiculous, in light of the truth of our position in Him and seeks
to divert the cause of the problem from the true reasons for their practice.
First, a child of God, one who has accepted Jesus Christ into their heart
and is born again, cannot possibly be possessed by a demon! True, we can
be influenced by them to some degree, but only if we let them.
This then is the
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light,
and in him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with
him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in
the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and
the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. I John
The Lord does not share
residence in our hearts with demons! Many times these problems are due to
our old sinful nature that continually seeks to reassert itself. Its
selfishness, its lust, its unbelief. Plain and simple! It would
be better to face that and deal with it, take responsibility and seek the
counsel of God on how to overcome it, rather than blame it on some demon
or other extenuating circumstance that has a hold on us. The hardest thing
for anyone to say is, Im sorry, I have no excuse. Yet the
effective spiritual fighter has mastered this principle, in that pride, ego,
and selfishness has been vanquished in their personal life.
So it is important to remember
not to give demonic influences too much credit as opponents, in relation
to their ruinous work. Our position in Him gives them only so much sway over
us, if any. They are not the only enemy. We tend to forget what another aspect
of spiritual warfare is, that is. . . the enemy within. Our own flesh, our
selfish nature, or as the Bible names it, the old man, or nature.
This one formidable foe will be the primary opponent to any Christian individual
through their entire life.
This I say then,
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the
flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these
are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye
would. Galatians 5:16-17
Now the works of
the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings,
and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in
time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of
God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness,
goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Galatians 5: 19-23
In America today, these
adversaries, the enemies of our spiritual life, are constantly being sustained,
encouraged, and nourished by the self-indulgent, "demand for immediate
gratification," consumeristic society around us. Things like meekness, patience,
temperance, and gentleness, denial of self, derided as weak and
powerless, even naive. But they are signs of great strength and attainable
through the continuing empowerment of the Holy Spirit, through the continuing
refinement and purifying of daily trials, and through the reading of the
Word of God. The Power that is inherent in the Word of God, that is released
into our lives and our sphere of influence around us, needs to be given top
priority above anything else in the Church today. And as the days pass, we
can resist this refining work, this training work, of God in our lives, or
learn to recognize the difficulties as times of testing that we must choose
to overcome in.
Author R. David Conner
"As in any matter, the
best place to start is at the start and so we see in Genesis 2:1, "Thus the
heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them." In the Septuagint
(Greek version of the Old Testament), the word for "Host" here is "Kosmos"
(from our English word "Cosmos"). In his book entitled, "In Heavenly Places,"
Charles Welch quotes Lloyd in his "Analysis" as saying "the allusion is to
the marshal array of an army. All the parts of the visible creation, like
an army, had their proper place." Charles Welch continues, saying, "The only
objection is that it does not go far enough. The Kosmos was not like a
disciplined army, IT WAS AN ARMY, and there was at the time of the six days'
creation a state of war in the universe, the chosen battlefield being the
earth with its immediate heavens. Tsaba, the Hebrew word translated "host"
and kosmos occurs in two forms, the verb thirteen times and the noun 486
times. The verb is translated "fight," "war," "muster," "assemble," "wait
upon," and "perform." Even where it is employed in describing the service
of the tabernacle, the margin (Num.4:23 & 8:24, 25) tells us that the
service, equally with that of the soldier in the field, was to "war the
As you know, we are
in enemy territory, as Satan is the prince of the power of the air (Eph.
2:2) and has all the kingdoms of the earth (Luke 4:6). We know his authority
from the 3rd heaven will end in Revelation 12:7-9, and his authority on earth
will end in Revelation chapters 19 and 20. However, he will remain in power
Mystery Babylon, now
headquartered in the 3rd heaven, has an heirarchy of evil spirit beings (mostly
angels). There is rank like that of a regular army and each one has a position.
They know humans better than we know ourselves and continually adjust their
tactics against our weak areas. They also have the advantage of knowing the
future, to an extent.
Recall that in the battle of Jericho in Joshua 5:13, 14 the Captain of the "Host" (army) of the Lord appeared. In that battle, an invisible army destroyed the defences of the city, which was given to Israel. Exodus 15:3 reads, "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name," which shocks many today who are not familiar with the warring aspect of God's plans.
In 2 Kings 6:17, we
see another example of an invisible host (army): "And Elisha prayed, and
said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened
the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full
of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha."
Also recall the angel
Gabriel speaking in Daniel 10:12, "Then said he unto me, Fear not, Daniel:
for from the first day that thou didst set thine heart to understand, and
to chasten thyself before thy God, thy words were heard, and I am come for
thy words. 13: But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and
twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me;
and I remained there with the kings of Persia. "
Notice that the twenty
one days that Gabriel was detained fighting the prince of Persia is the same
time during which Daniel was fasting and praying (three weeks).
We know from
Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2 that Babyon was the first Gentile kingdom
to rule earth after Israel lost her preferred status before God in B. C.
606. We also know that the combined kingdom of the Medes and Persians was
the second. This "prince of the kingdom of Persia" is what I call a "Sector
Prince," as he had rule over the earthly king (Cryus) and the kingdoms of
earth for a sector of time, after Babylon. All evil princes of darkness are
sons of the Great King, God Himself, and were holy at first.
Now look at Dan. 10:20,
"Then said he, Knowest thou wherefore I come unto thee? and now will I return
to fight with the prince of Persia: and when I am gone forth, lo, the prince
of Grecia shall come." I knew that the prince of Grecia would come next without
Gabriel saying it. How? Because the dream interpretation of Daniel 2 said
so. I also know that the prince of Rome will come after the prince of Greece
(Grecia). The prince of Greece drove Alexander the Great to conquer the known
world from the Medes and Persians. Alexander was so filled with the spirit
of that prince that he thought himself to be a god. That invisible sector
prince conquered Alexander's enemies, which is why a young man in his early
twenties had so much power. After Alexander's death, his kingdom was divided
among his four generals and thereafter became the Roman Empire (see Daniel
The sector prince in
power today is still the one of Rome, and he will continue until the battle
of Armageddon. He was also the one in power at the time of Matthew 11:12,
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth
violence, and the violent take it by force."
The kingdom of heaven
and the kingdoms of this world (on earth) somewhat overlap, as events in
the spirit world affect events in the physical world. Again, this is because
the spirit world is a parallel universe to the earth. Recall Jesus saying
to Peter that whatever he bound on earth would be bound in heaven and whatever
he loosed on earth would be loosed in heaven? Now you know what that meant.
However, in no case is the Fourth Dimension cited, as IT is "Far above all
heavens" (Eph. 4:10).
The Four Dimensions
of God's Love of Eph. 3:18 describe the Secret Place of the Most High, where
Christ is hidden and where our lives are hidden in Christ (Colossians 3:1-4).
This fantastic place has no beginning nor end in all its glorious beauty
and majesty. It also is a parallel universe, but it is pure, holy, righteous
and perfect. It has no violence, nor has it ever had any. It is our home.
We are seated there
now, in spirit (Eph. 2:6) and in great authority, over all principalities
and powers in heavenly places, as well as those on earth. (Eph. 1:20-23).
After we get our glorious bodies, which will be able to actually go "there,"
we will also be able to walk through the 3rd heaven and on earth. No mere
creature will have power equal to ours--forever. Even the devil himself nor
any of his sector princes have power equal to ours, even now. But in the
future, we will shine forth as God's masterpiece, as we will all be sinners
saved by grace. We will have come from the lowest to the Highest, but only
and always through Christ Jesus, our beloved Lord and the One Who died in
As Ambassadors of Jesus
Christ (II Corinthians 5:20) we are no different than the ambassadors of
the world. The true Christian Church today, as representatives of the Kingdom
of Heaven; as temporal ambassadors are representatives of the kingdoms of
the world, so we possess in us the full authority and influence of the unseen
nation of Heaven as delegates for Him. As we grow into maturity in the things
of the Spirit and the Word of God, we should be continually grasping the
awesome power and responsibility of that high calling. Our very core and
being is being crafted and shaped by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God
day by day, as He seeks to mold us into the image of His Son, Jesus Christ,
and prepare us for the future.
A clear understanding of
the framework and set-up of the spiritual realm and it's inhabitants, and
their places in it, is part of that maturity. Engaging in silly, comical
antics and holding to unscriptural practices in combatting the formidable
forces arrayed against us in the theater of spiritual war is a hindrance
to our truly ever overcoming. Personal accountability for our actions, a
complete lack of faith; so many times they are at the root of our problems
In light of that, some
other things to remember, words and concepts that
have been forgotten in America these past three decades and which are at
the core of mature spirituality.
responsible; answerable. - accountability, n.
Duty, n. action required
by ones position or occupation, the respectful and obedient conduct
due a parent, elder, or superior. (Note: True, we are not to serve God out
of duty, but willingly, in love. But as Ambassadors of Jesus
Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven, our position inevitably requires
Honor, n. honesty
or integrity in ones beliefs and actions. Chastity.
obedient to law.
Patience, n. the
quality or capacity of being patient.
Respect, n. proper
the state or fact of being responsible.
reliable or dependable.
the art of diplomacy, government. (This applies to anyone in a position of
authority and influence).
restraint of ones actions or feelings. - self-controlled, adj.
Self-denial, n. the
sacrifice or restraint of ones own desires.
n. discipline or control of oneself for personal improvement. - self-controlled,
Self-less, adj. having
little concern for oneself; unselfish. - self-less, n.
sacrifice of oneself or ones interests for others. - self-sacrificing,
adj. (These selfs are not too popular these days).
Service, n. an act
of helpful activity. (Especially at your local church.)
Teamwork, n. cooperative
effort by a group of persons acting together as a team.
These are just a few of
the things, through the strengthening of the Holy Spirit in our hearts, that
need to be restored not only to our personal lives, but to our national life
as well, that sanity and peace may be re-established. Mastering these principles
and concepts in our personal lives can only bring success, not only to us,
but in the end, to the nation.
My intent is not to diminish
the invisible influence of the dark forces of the spiritual realm on our
national social crisis nor on our daily personal life. There must be a balance
in our perceptions as we understand the whole counsel of God. Yet their tactics
are clearly employed along these lines as they seek to undermine such character
traits as these, in the true Church of Jesus Christ. Recognizing this fact
in our personal walk with God, and as we interact in the community, is a
simple but very powerful tactic against their effectiveness. Fight back by
staying in the reading of the Word of God. Walk in the Word of God. Continue
to resist the devil. Recognize that life is a conflict of attrition.
Attrition, n. a wearing
down or rubbing away by or as if by friction.
Either you are getting
stronger, more experienced, more seasoned in your spiritual walk, or you
are losing, getting weaker, being ground down. Seek to overcome. Remember
prayer is our main power source, as we stand in faith, trusting in the Lord
to intervene on our behalf. The Church still "marches on it's knees," as
the saying goes. People who engage in extreme, outward measures to try and
influence the spiritual arena of this nation and the world have been taken
completely captive by the enemy, and are only doing his bidding. That is
tragic, for they think they are serving God, and doing Him a service. Yet
they are being controlled by the overlapping violence that spills out of
the spiritual realm.
It is also critical to
remember that an unbeliever possess an unregenerate heart, and their grasping
of these principles is doubtful. In the end, the Holy Spirit needs to move
on the hearts of men and women in America that they would repent, put their
faith in the finished work of the Cross alone, and return to Him. A Christian,
polished and experienced in these areas of the heart and skillfully deploying
the Word of God to this end, being a witness and a testimony in their public
and private life, is a formidable weapon in His hands as He continues to
execute this work.
America and her people
are quickly becoming a paper tiger in many ways, a lot of bark
with no bite; no guts, no true commitment or dedication. A hollow shell.
At the very least we are becoming very pushy and annoying to some of our
fellow neighbors on this planet. The soul and core of this nation has always
been empowered by Him. God and His people have made it great in the past,
a true world leader and witness of genuine freedom. It can be sustained and
restored, as we submit to Him. Our personal victory, in light of all that
the Lord has given to us--a personal choice we make every day.
God bless you as you seek
to serve Him with honor. Stay on the offensive!
"If I shut up heaven that
there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I
send pestilence among my people; If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their
wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto
the prayer that is made in this place. For now have I chosen and sanctified
this house, that my name may be there for ever: and mine eyes and mine heart
shall be there perpetually. II Chronicles 7: 13-16
The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword!
War in Heaven: God's Epic Battle With Evil ~
Author: Derek Prince
The Bible says that when God laid the foundations of the earth, the angels were watching. In time, one of those angels would be the main player in a rebellion to wrest God of His magnificent creation.
Thus began a battle of epic proportions that leaves today's believer with many questions. - Why did God allow evil in the first place? -If evil was defeated at the cross, why does it continue to exist? - Does spiritual warfare really make a difference? - How are we to await the end of the age?
In a fascinating, compelling exploration of Scripture, Bible teacher Derek Prince addresses these and many other questions. Focusing on events before the creation of Adam, he also describes Jesus' stunning victory over Satan.
But it is not over yet. Now is the time for God's people to make war on the enemy! Take up your spiritual weapons and follow the King of glory. Peace and assurance await you. Derek Prince is a Bible expositor with a worldwide radio ministry and the author of more than forty books, including Blessing or Curse and They Shall Expel Demons. He lives in Jerusalem.
War On The Saints ~
Author: Jesse Penn-Lewis
The premise of War on the Saints is that the end-time onslaught of
Satan against the Christian church is well-underway. The author proposes
spiritual measures to achieve ultimate victory.
This book was written by Mrs. Penn-Lewis in collaboration with the Welsh
revivalist Evan Roberts as a disclosure of the deceptive strategies used
by evil spirits against God's people and as a guide to winning victory over
Editor's Note: It's that important; this is what this site
is all about. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who doesn't
grasp the makeup and layout of the spiritual realm. With the influences
of the "post modern" philosopies, understanding of the spiritual realm is
rare and at a premium.
Combat Faith ~
Author: Hal Lindsey
This rare work by Hal Lindsey was out of print for a while, but has recently returned to Amazon.com. Its content was striking, because this author's pre-occupation with "end times" things has done much to rob the Church in American "Christendom" of her cultural impact as all wait for "Jesus to come back" instead of "being about our Father's business," which is to set the captives free through the bold preaching of the Gospel—whether we think the Lord will be returning soon or not!
"Recent world events clearly indicate that our generation has been chosen to witness the prophetic last days of this age. During these troubles times, the Bible tells us, ordinary faith will not be enough and many will lured from God's truth . . . . In his most important book to date, Hal Lindsey shows the war to the one kind of faith tough enough to meet the tough times ahead--Combat Faith. Now, more than ever, we must learn to break the "Faith-barrier" . . . to overcome worry, anxiety, and fear and enter into a new dimension of peace and stability . . . to claim the invincible inner peace that God has promised each of us--no matter what the circumstances.
To Know God!
Hey, you have to enlist in the Army first
before you can be a soldier!