Part 1

A war is always waged between two parties and when you are entering into a spiritual battle, you are not going up against a person, but against the spirit behind that person. Eph 6: 12 says: “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. The full armour of God must always be on, so that you can always stand and give resistance against dark forces. Darkness will never cease these attacks on the children of God, but our mental tools to overcome is the word of God (sword of the Spirit).

We must be very careful about what people say and how you go about doing spiritual warfare. Acts 19: 13-16 says: “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

The seven sons of Sceva tried to cast out the evil spirit but the spirit leaped on to them. Many people may ask why, but it’s because they wanted the power behind the command that was issued and never had a relationship with the Lord. They tried to operate in the name of the Lord by imitating what Paul did, but you can only walk in authority if you have an intimate relationship with the Lord. When your prayer life is solid, God will qualify you. The evil spirit knows when the Spirit of the Lord is not operating through you. They used their own abilities to cast out demons.

Spiritual Authority can only come from the Lord, no person, no spiritual leader, not even a prophet can give it to you, intimate time and a pure heart before the Lord is what is required. Then the battle becomes fearsome, it is for you to go deeper with the Lord. Seek God’s face, never forgetting who is in charge of the spiritual warfare – God has never lost His power and His authority. When you stand your ground a shift takes place in the spiritual realm and that shift will also take place in the natural. When you are standing you are giving resistance and the devil will use everything to take you out. In this time you need to plead the Blood of Jesus over your family, your finances, and your marriage because the devil will not just give up.

Prayer: Thank you Lord for opening our spiritual eyes to see into the realm of the spirit and to be a warrior in your kingdom in Jesus name Amen.