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Prayers: The Most Effective Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance Weapon And Tactic
And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:14-21
Much has been written in the area of spiritual warfare and deliverance. Some of it is based on scripture, some on experience, some on things taught and handed down, some on what purports to be revelation, some on conjecture, and usually the final product is some combination of these things. I do not deny that these techniques cannot yield results, because that would be denying what I have seen with my own eyes and borne witness to with my own testimony. However, “whatever works” cannot be the basis of sound Christian belief and practice. A good reason for this is simple: “results may vary!” In the scientific community, one of the major tests used to establish and verify a theory using experiments or observation is repeatable results. Since the results of the various spiritual warfare techniques, strategies and methods do in fact vary – a fact that the teachers and proponents of these methods freely admit – we cannot rely on unreliable experientialism for our Christian doctrine and practice. Instead, we must rely on the Bible. The Bible is God’s unique, Holy Spirit inspired revelation that is inerrant, infallible and the final authority in all things. So, even though the varying results is enough to justify being suspect of a lot of the spiritual warfare and deliverance teachings, the truth is that the doctrine of scripture means that Christians should not rely on practices and beliefs not supported in scripture even if they did work every time. So even if it does work, then what profit is it if the “work” is not of God and does not glorify God? The purpose of Christian living is to serve and glorify God, not to do the things that we want to do and believe that should be done ourselves. As the Bible is the final authority and is 100% infallible, then the Bible gives us perfect instructions on how to live to serve and glorify God in all areas. The Bible is what teaches us, and the Bible is what we must use to teach others.
So, based on the revelation of Jesus Christ as given to us in the Bible – and the purpose of the entirety of scripture is to reveal Jesus Christ – the best, surest way and the starting point for all spiritual warfare and deliverance is prayer. Prayer is the first and best weapon against the evil one and his forces. Consider, for instance, the Lord’s prayer.
After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 and also Luke 11:2-4
How many of you knew that this was a spiritual warfare and deliverance prayer? It is. For one thing, it deals with forgiveness of sin, as it asks that our own sins be forgiven by God AND that we forgive the sins of others. Failure to forgive the sins of others, especially against us, leads to anger and resentment that Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us “gives a place to the devil.” For another, it asks that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and it is certainly God’s will for evil spirits and their influence to be bound, hindered, cast out and defeated (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20). But there is also a more direct reference. “Deliver us from evil” in the Lord’s prayer not only means “keep us from sin” (with all the spiritual warfare things that go along with sinning) but many expert theologians and Bible scholars follow Martin Luther in asserting that “deliver us from evil” should read “deliver us from the evil one”, which is Satan.
Now Martin Luther was not one to deny that Christians in our time need to directly confront unclean spirits. Quite the contrary, Luther claimed to have seen Satan and thrown a bottle of ink at him! (Small wonder that a current popular trend – or evil spirit – of deception moving through modern Christianity is to attack Martin Luther and claim that the Reformation, the exodus from the darkness of Roman Catholicism, was a mistake!) So, the Lord’s Prayer is quite literally and unquestionably a direct, powerful spiritual warfare and deliverance prayer. It petitions that God would overcome the presence and effects of sin and evil spirits in our lives. It even addresses the area most often neglected by spiritual warfare teachers, which is the flesh or the old man which still exerts a negative influence on born again Christians as described in Romans 5-7 when asking God to help us to forgive others, and in particular not to view the transgressions of others against us personally more prominently than we view our own transgressions against God. What stronger impulses of the flesh are there than hypocrisy and self-centeredness? And this prayer also explicitly directly asks for protection from all evil spirits through a reference to their leader, Satan. And as Jesus Christ explained in Matthew 12:24-30, being protected from Satan means being protected from all evil spirits.
However, the importance and primacy of prayer in spiritual warfare is often overlooked. Instead, the commonly advised and emulated strategy is to imitate the actions of Jesus Christ and His apostles during their spectacular encounters with evil spirits, and also to mix in things learned from other teachings and our own experiences. In doing so, we ignore that the most repeated and striking thing concerning the ministry of Jesus Christ was His prayer life. His ministry began with 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and the gospels make it clear that seeking the will of God the Father in prayer was far more prominent in the ministry of Jesus Christ than all the sermons, exorcisms and miracles put together. To put it better, Jesus Christ came not so much to preach and perform miracles and exorcisms as He did to do the will of God the Father, and so Jesus Christ only preached, performed miracles and did exorcisms when it was the will of God the Father that He do so. When it was not the will of God the Father for Him to do so, Jesus Christ did no sermons, miracles or exorcisms, because even being God in the flesh with power and being deserving of praise and glory Himself, had Jesus Christ done those things of His own accord or on His own initiative, God the Father would not have been glorified, and Jesus Christ would have thereby sinned. (Of course, we know that Jesus Christ, being God, cannot sin.) And this was how Satan tempted Jesus Christ during His time of fast … by attempting to get Jesus Christ to take an action apart from the will and direction of God. It was the same temptation that Satan gave to Adam. Where Adam failed, Jesus Christ succeeded. And Christians are to follow Jesus Christ’s success and not Adam’s failure. Follow Adam, and man is glorified. Follow Jesus Christ and God is glorified. To God alone be the glory!
That is why spiritual warfare and deliverance must begin with and be dominated by prayer. We cannot take initiative or authority upon ourselves. We cannot presume to know, for instance, if the issue that we are addressing is motivated by evil spirits in the first place. We also cannot presume the manner and time in which God desires the evil spirit to be cast out. Further, we cannot even presume that God wants the evil spirit to be driven off in the first place! A powerful example of this is the thorn in the flesh described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Now there has been a lot of needless conjecture as to what exactly the “thorn in the flesh” was, but this is only because people have such difficulty believing what the text plainly says, often for doctrinal reasons. But it is clear: “the messenger of Satan” is clearly in the Greek “the angel of Satan”, and we all know that angels of Satan are evil, unclean spirits, or demons. Now for some people, the idea that a born again Christian, an apostle no less, would be tormented by a demon is doctrinally troublesome. For others, the wording of the passage makes it appear as “there was given to me” means that God gave the demon to Paul, which would seem to charge God with being responsible for temptation or evil where scripture tells us that God cannot be the author of evil. However, this stunning passage does recall how God allowed and used Satan in His dealings with Job in the Old Testament. Just as God allowed Satan to attack Job in the Old Testament for purposes that glorified God and ultimately were a blessing to Job, God allowed one of Satan’s demons to do the same regarding the apostle of Jesus Christ Paul. So then, it would not have been to the will of God or glory of God to drive this evil spirit from oppressing or tormenting Paul. Please recall: the evil spirit could not possess Paul because Christians are possessed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. So, the demon could only afflict Paul.
And please note that Paul first sought the Lord in prayer concerning the evil spirit. Scripture does not record failed attempts at spiritual warfare and deliverance by Paul concerning the demon, and we cannot presume that these failed attempts existed because the Bible does not record them. Instead, it records Paul’s asking God three times for permission to drive the demon away, and God denying this permission for His own sovereign, God-glorifying purposes which were in service to God’s plan to conform Paul into the image of Jesus Christ! So let us not be deceived. These are not matters to be trifled with. Christians in the spiritual warfare and deliverance ministries must not act according to presumption, self-will and self-initiative. Instead, we must be guided and directed by God’s Holy Spirit. Being Holy Spirit-led and Holy Spirit-filled requires much preparation in ways that include prayer, Bible study, fellowship and good works which are conducive to spiritual maturity in advance (Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting) and also seeking God’s will during the necessary time. Note that I did not say during the time of spiritual confrontation with the forces of evil, for God must permit and instruct us when and whether He wants us to participate in such spiritual confrontations to begin with. Again, it is God’s will that is being done, not ours. It is God that is being glorified, not us. And we are acting in accordance to God’s sovereign will and not our own desires or feelings. This is why we must rely on prayer. We must humble ourselves and submit ourselves to God’s design, God’s plan, and God’s actions through prayer. Otherwise, we take rash actions of self-interest and self-will as did King Saul, who failed to wait on the Lord and found his kingdom and life – and those of his sons – taken from him.
Returning to apostle Paul, spiritual warfare and deliverance ministers have centered on the Ephesians 6:10-17 as one of their favorites for study and practice.
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:
Regrettably, one of the reasons for this is that this passage, when taken incautiously, can invite the flesh to imagine oneself in the manner of this strong, mighty righteous and powerful HUMAN warrior image against the forces of evil, an image that we have seen reinforced time and time again in secular Hollywood movies and TV shows. Incautious and out of contexts readings and applications of this passage may cause us to think that in the Name of Jesus Christ WE have the power, WE have the authority, WE have the dominion, WE can challenge and take over strongholds and defeat the enemy, and that in doing so God’s will shall be done and He shall be glorified. This is indeed the doctrines of many popular spiritual warfare and deliverance teachers. However, such self-seeking presumption is not coming in the Name of Jesus Christ at all, but instead coming in our own name. It is so tempting to reject the counsel of those who actually do come in the Name of Jesus Christ and instead come in their own names (see John 5:43), but reject it we must. For Jesus Christ said that all who call on His Name, even all who cast out devils and do great works using His Name are not truly His. People who use the Name of Jesus Christ in accordance with self-seeking are not Jesus Christ’s sheep, because though they call on the Name of God, like Adam they are following after their own hearts. Instead, Jesus Christ’s sheep will be people who are after God’s heart, so they will seek direction from God and patiently wait on God before they act. The identifying fruit of the spiritual warfare and deliverance minister who is God’s sheep is one who exhibits patience, humility and submission in seeking the will of God lest he sin and lead others into sin, and not one who rushes in according to his own human desires and limited knowledge and misuses and misappropriates the Name of Jesus Christ carelessly, recklessly, proudly and selfishly. Instead of seeking to take authority and power after the manner of human rulers, we should be seeking to submit ourselves to, rely upon and glorify God after the manner of God’s humble servants, including the one Jesus Christ who emptied Himself, came to earth as a man, suffered humiliation and rejection, and was slain for our sins in our place on the cross, and was raised for our justification. It is the manner of the humble Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead and is blessed forever that we should emulate and identify with, and not the manner of proud, presumptive, arrogant and self-willed humanity, or for that manner of the tempter and deceiver of humanity Satan, who in his presumption decided that he would be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14). Make no mistake, but in doing anything, including spiritual warfare, without first making certain that we are doing God’s will and not man’s, we are emulating not Jesus Christ in His submission and sacrifice to the glory of God, but Satan in his mad and failed attempt at being a usurper of God’s glory. From such, spiritual warfare and deliverance minister, turn away!
Instead, turn your attention to the oft-neglected end of the “put on the whole armor of God” passage, which is verse 18, which reads “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” It clearly shows that the primary and main ingredient to spiritual warfare, to putting on the whole armor of God for confrontations against the enemy, is “praying always in asking to the Holy Spirit.” We are to always pray so that we can ask of the Holy Spirit that indwells all Christians concerning the Will of God. Without receiving and submitting to the will of God in spiritual warfare (or anything else) we aren’t performing spiritual warfare at all, but instead proud, self-seeking and harmful bombast that resists the Holy Spirit, misuses the Name of Jesus Christ, dishonors His sacrifice on the cross and refuses to glorify God the Father. Thus, so-called spiritual warfare that rejects prayer in supplication to the Holy Spirit before, during and after is nothing more than an abomination against the Holy Trinity in clear, explicit ways.
One should note that the primacy of prayer in spiritual warfare is given at the end of both Matthew 17:14-21 and of Ephesians 6:10-18. One also notes that no explicit references to prayer seem to be made in many of the New Testament exorcism narrative accounts and references. That is indeed curious, as one would think that in Matthew 17:14-21 and Ephesians 6:10-18 that the most important thing would come first as a lead instead of coming last, and also that there would be a stronger correlation depicted between prayer and spiritual warfare. This is still more evidence of how spiritual things often do not conform to our human expectations. It is a test of our faith, of our faithfulness, of our humility and submission to see if we will study the whole counsel of God as revealed in scripture. To see if we will seek God in spirit and in truth as He commanded us to so. To answer the door of our hearts when He stands and knocks so that He will come in, sup with us, and teach us the truth. Those of us truly interested in knowing and serving God will search, notice and find these things so that we can go about performing spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry – and please recall that ministry means service, and that it is service to God first and then to man – God’s way. Those who are not will cut corners, interpret passages out of context and selectively, and do whatever we can in order to claim to be serving God in God’s way when they will really be serving themselves in their own way.
Spiritual Warfare Prayers
I thank and praise You Father YAHWEH for all things and by YOUR mighty power and in Jesus name, I ask for YOUR giant warrior angels to protect me both day and night, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for the rest of my life! By YOUR mighty power, In Jesus name, I bind and break the power of satan, all fallen angels, all demons, all unclean spirits, curses, hexes, vexes, spells, charms, fetishes, witchcraft, sorcery, magic, voodoo, all mind control, psychic warfare, jinxes, potions, bewitchments, death, destruction, sickness, pain, torment, incantations, chanting, hoodoo, root works, money and success curses and everything else being sent my way or my family & friends way. I cast it out and command it to go to dryer places. YAHWEH rebuke thee in Jesus name!
Daily Victory Prayer
Father YAHWEH, I give endless praise to YOU
By YOUR Mighty Power, and YOUR Mighty & Holy Name in Jesus name
I declare victory in this new day
I have an abundance of Blessings.
I’m successful at everything that I do and that I touch.
I have an abundance of love, peace, joy,
good health and prosperity.
I’m a blessing to others and a shining
example of YOUR Love, Mercy and Goodness.
In Jesus name....................
Heavenly Father YAHWEH, I surrender full control of my life over to you and humbly
bow before you, to guide and rule my life, as well as, to ask for your help in releasing me
from my bondage chains.
I ask you to humbly and with reverence, that you send your GIANT Warrior angels to
remove anything and everything in our environment that is not of you.
As a warrior for you, I WILL train under you forever more and I WILL seek to destroy
the enemy at hand in this hour as I loose the seven fold spirits of GOD in us in Jesus name.
By the mighty power of YAHWEH in Jesus name: I take authority over these demons
and fully bind rebuke and cast out these demons under your precious and holy name.
I ask for you to break the bondage of satan and his dark armies, and ask that you help me
to find my place in this world. Help me to know you and your love, and call me back to you as one of your own children. I WILL train as a warrior for you O Lord now and for the rest of my life.
Help me to always find my place in this world, to know your peace and love, and give
me guidance. Help me to be a shining example of your love, mercy, and goodness, and be
a blessing to others every day of my life. By your holy orders, and under your authority
and guidance of your hand, I permanently and forever bind rebuke, and cast out ALL
demons, entities, and worldly things not of you sending them back to the pits of hell
where they belong.
I love you Lord and I WILL forever be a warrior for you as I take my place in this world
and stand my ground against the enemy while standing beside you. I pledge my undying
love, commitment, and devotion to you. Use me always to help others to know of your
love, peace, joy and goodness and help them to find light in the darkness. Help me to
find my way back to you and keep my friends, and family safe forever more under your
hedge of protection 24 hours a day 7 days a week. May I never experience another attack
as long as I live as long as I know you are with me always.
I permanently bind, rebukeand cast out ALL demons, and entities not of you and
permanently break the bondage chains of satan and cast them all back into the pits of
hell. Please bless my coming in and going out and make my enemies to flee in 7 different
directions. I declare this is so through your MIGHTY power and holy name. YAHWEH
REBUKE THEE in Jesus name.
BLIND AND DEAFEN THE DEVIL - For Life and Home
In your Life-
"I blind and deafen you satan, from seeing and hearing in any shape or form, or speaking or writing within the pages of my book of life, I AM GOD's most precious and chosen Child and I AM HIS. I bind your mouth shut with the blood of Jesus, you are silenced from speaking. I bind you in the blood of Jesus, you are bound from functioning here. In Jesus name!"
In your Home-
"I blind and deafen you satan, from seeing and hearing in any shape or form, in my home. I bind your mouth shut with the blood of Jesus, you are silenced from speaking. I bind you in the blood of Jesus, You are bound from functioning here. In Jesus name!"
Behold, I give to you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you..
Spiritual Warfare In The Parable Of The Sower
According to many popular spiritual warfare teachers, a major battlefield for spiritual warfare (binding and rebuking demons) and warfare prayer or directed prayer (praying against demons, their areas of influence and their activities) relates to evangelism and missions. These doctrines teach that there are powerful demons opposing the spread of the gospel by acting not just against comprehension and acceptance of this gospel of Jesus Christ in the minds of individuals, but that they keep entire regions, population groups, nations etc. in spiritual bondage. Sometimes it is through false religions and sinful practices, other times it may be government officials working to intimidate Christians, stop the building of churches, limit the distribution of Bibles, etc. There is a huge body of evangelism and missionary literature available that deals with this subject, and many large, respected Christian seminaries and Bible colleges deal with this issue in some fashion or another, including offering entire courses related to it, including how to stage and support successful evangelistic revivals. So it begs the question: how Biblical are the doctrines involved?
To answer, there does not seem to be a wealth of Bible texts that depicts the assumption of this scenario: that there is this huge swath of people that would receive the gospel and be converted if only demonic opposition were removed from the way. This is not to say, mind you, that these references are wholly nonexistent.
Revelation 2 and 3
Revelation 2 and 3 speaks of opposition to the churches in the way of false religious doctrines and persecution that may be influenced by demons. See the reference to the blasphemy of the “synagogue of Satan” as well as the “tribulation ten days” attacking Smyrna. Pergamos being located “even where Satan’s seat is” (a reference to the church’s proximity to a center of pagan emperor worship) and the martyrdom of Antipas, and accepted the false doctrines of Balaam and Balac (idolatry/sexual immorality) and the Nicolataines.
Thyatira adhered to the Jezebel doctrines (idolatry/sexual immorality) which is referred to as “the depths of Satan”. Philadelphia is being persecuted and withstood by another reference to “the synagogue of Satan.” However, no demonic persecution is apparent regarding Laodicea, Sardis or Ephesus. Instead, those churches – and presumably their evangelistic activities – were being hindered by love of the flesh and its works thereof, and this was particularly the case with Laodicea, who fell in love with money, prestige and power.
Also, even the churches that did have problems with demonic influences, it appears that in some cases those problems existed because what the evil influences offered appealed to the flesh – the fallen natures – of the church members, and the churches yielded to the temptation not so much of the evil spirits as of the flesh. This appears to particularly be a problem with Thyatira and Pergamos. By inviting demonic problems with their own carnality, those two churches were really no different from Laodicea, Sardis and Ephesus, in that the root cause of their problems was the carnality, not the evil spirits.
That is why Jesus Christ gives Thyatira and Pergamos the same remedy that He gives Laodicea, Sardis and Ephesus: repentance and return to true worship of Jesus Christ in holiness, sound doctrine and Godly fear. One should also note that regarding the two churches that did not provoke demonic persecution with their carnality or spiritual immaturity – Philadelphia and Smyrna – Jesus Christ does not tell them to respond to the demonic tormentors with spiritual warfare, but instead tells them to be faithful in the midst of trials by relying on Him and on His work, His promises and His faithfulness (see Revelation 3:8-10 and 2:10)!
So, regarding the demonic opposition that rises up against missionary work (and everything else), from what Jesus Christ told the churches concerning this opposition, we can take the position that His position is the same as that of the Holy Spirit speaking to and through Paul concerning his thorn in the flesh (a demon that tormented him) in 2 Corinthians 12:9’s “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” Rather than going into spiritual warfare/deliverance over their oppression, the church was to heed the next verse’s admonition: “take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak , then am I strong.” So, rather than attempting to overcome this opposition with our own warfare tactics, we are to put our trust in the sovereignty and power of God to overcome them on our behalf for His glory. Our duty, then, is to be faithful to God by keeping His commandments.
Another reference is that of Simon Magus in Acts 8-9. Using false religion akin to witchcraft and the occult, Simon Magus opposed the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ in Samaria. How was this demonic stronghold defeated? Not by spiritual warfare to bind it, or by directed prayer against it. Instead, Philip the evangelist simply kept preaching, and the Holy Spirit used his preaching to break down that stronghold Himself, and the Samaritans were converted. Demon spirits cannot withstand the power of God! Indeed, even Simon Magus believed the gospel! Though this Magus was not regenerated and went on to become a notorious opponent of the gospel and advocate of a gnostic syncretist system, even his form of belief – that lacked the power of Godliness – was evidence of the triumph of the sovereignty of God over against the works of both man and evil spirits.
The Whole Armour of God
Ephesians 6:10-18 is probably the most vital text to spiritual warfare/deliverance/directed prayer teachings. It reads:
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 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. 13 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 . 14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: 18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
This passage may well seem to contain a treasure trove of spiritual warfare teachings, exhortations and methodology, especially if it is interpreted more spiritually than literally. Verse 11-12’s meaning, “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“, is impossible to dispute. However, the problem is that this passage is not quoted in its entirety when spiritual warfare teaches use it. So, consider verses 19 and 20, which complete the section and the thought.
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Recall that Paul is in a Roman prison for preaching the gospel at the time that he wrote this epistle. Rather than being some text on spiritual warfare that fails to reveal any warfare methods or practices and is of a sort that exists nowhere else in the canon of scripture, Paul was merely exhorting the church to preach the gospel, to pray for the spread of the gospel, and to pray for him specifically that he would not succumb to his flesh by allowing the persecution that he was experiencing (in jail) to cause him to either stop preaching the gospel, or even worse, to start preaching it in a way or manner that would minimize offense and better his situation.
Paul did reveal the truth that evil spirits were ultimately behind the spread of the gospel and his imprisonment, and that these spirits were the ones motivating the religious and political leadership to oppose Christianity in general and him specifically. But Paul’s purpose of doing this was to prevent his followers from using secular or temporal methods (i.e. political maneuverings or intrigue) to get him out of jail (recall that from Acts that Festus would have released Paul to the Christians had he been bribed) or overcome opposition to the gospel, but to instead rely on God. And, through the use of a military metaphor to make his words memorable (just as Paul used athletic metaphors for the same reason), Paul stated that this reliance on God and His will, being strong in the Lord and in the power of His might in order to stand against this Babylon system, meant possessing or exhibiting truth, righteousness, faith, prayer, salvation, and the gospel of peace (or of Jesus Christ).
Now had Paul simply written “go and be truthful, righteous, faithful, exhibit evidence of your salvation, preach the gospel boldly, and pray for yourselves and me also”, it would not been nearly as memorable, or as effective in the ears of the original hearers. However, it also would not have been the subject of such curious interpretations and applications as it has been through the years. One problem is that so many spiritual warfare teachers take this text as justification for their binding/rebuking/casting out doctrines and practices while ignoring what the text actually commands, which is truth, righteousness, faith, exhibiting fruits of possessing the indwelling Holy Spirit, and the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
A particularly great irony: Paul wrote this text specifically so that the church would not have temporal aspirations or use secular (or spiritual) means to get them, but instead to keep their eyes fixed on God and eternity. However, spiritual warfare teachers, particularly those in dominion theology, use this verse to mean that Christians should use spiritual warfare against demons that control government and religions for the purposes of asserting political, social and economic control over nations and ultimately the globe. So where the Holy Spirit spoke that text through Paul commanding Christians to be patient, faithful and reliant on God, this verse is being misapplied by men who misuse Christ’s Name while pursuing their own thirst for power.
The spiritual wickedness in high places will be overcome by Jesus Christ, and not by man, and yes man does include Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ will overthrow Babylon, not the church taking authority, recovering the dominion that was given to Adam (for the dominion given to Adam transferred not to the church but to Jesus Christ!), overthrowing Babylon, and setting up its own rule in its place. Revelation does not depict the church defeating and overthrowing Babylon, but Jesus Christ returning to defeat Babylon! Recall that it will be given to the beast to make war against the saints and to overcome them (Revelation 13:7) and that Babylon will be filled with the blood of Christian martyrs. Only the return of Jesus Christ will save us from this. Evidence of this is how Paul did not apply this very same text used by spiritual warriors in their quest to take towns and nations for Christ in asking for his fellow Christians to so much as pray to get him out of jail! Instead, Paul ultimately humbly glorified Jesus Christ by dying the death of a martyr.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
This text is explicit. “But if our gospel be hid , it is hid to them that are lost; In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” This reminds us of Revelation 12:9, which says that Satan deceives the whole world concerning the truth of Jesus Christ. But what does 2 Corinthians 4 tell us to do about this sad fact? Not spiritual warfare to take on dominions, powers and principalities. Instead, there is merely a brief exhortation to confront this fact by the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is curious that in the prior chapter, there is an apparent reference to the blindness of the Jews reminiscent of Romans 11. Both Romans 11 and 2 Corinthians 3 state that the ending of this blindness, the “lifting of the vail upon their hearts” as it is called in 2 Corinthians 3:11-18, will happen when God commands it. The King James Version text states that this will happen when Israel turns to the Lord, and Zechariah 12 supports this. Israel’s turning to God will not occur as a result of Christians binding and rebuking dominions and directing prayer towards them, but after the times of the Gentiles – as mentioned in Romans 11 – ceases. Just as the return of Israel from Babylonian captivity happened when the prophesied 70 years were completed, the coming of Israel to Jesus Christ will occur when the times of the Gentiles end, and this is a predetermined time known only by God the Father. Warfare prayers cannot open the eyes of the blind. Only the Holy Spirit can. The Holy Spirit does this in concert with the preaching of the gospel by drawing sinners, convicting them and opening the eyes of those Satan has blinded.
Parable of the Sower
This brings us to the parable of the sower of Mark 4:3-20, Matthew 13:3-23, and Luke 8:5-15. This parable is probably the best theological treatment of evangelism and missions in the Bible, and all of the apostolic teachings in the epistles, including Paul’s, merely expands on it, or enhances the Christology of it. Jesus Christ is the seed, for His gospel is the seed, and the legitimate gospel presents Jesus Christ Himself: it is Jesus Christ Himself through the reality of His existence, His teachings, His work on the cross and His resurrection from the dead that is being sowed into hearts. Also, Jesus Christ is the sower, for it is the church, Jesus Christ’s own body, that preaches the gospel. For brevity, Luke’s presentation will be given.
5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed , some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down , and the fowls of the air devoured it. 6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up , it withered away , because it lacked moisture. 7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it , and choked it. 8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up , and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried , He that hath ears to hear , let him hear . 9 And his disciples asked him, saying , What might this parable be ? 10 And he said , Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see , and hearing they might not understand . 11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. 12 Those by the way side are they that hear ; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved . 13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear , receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe , and in time of temptation fall away . 14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard , go forth , and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection . 15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Please note first of all that the gospel is not only or merely to be preached where the way has first been paved by spiritual warfare and directed prayer. Instead, the seed is sowed everywhere. The gospel must be taken wherever the Christian goes, and it should be preached for and to the glory of God in addition to the goal of converting sinners. It is not to be preached in some strategic, planned manner desired to produce the most or best results after the manner of some corporate marketing scheme or government program.
Quite the contrary, the sowing of the seed seems almost heedless or arbitrary. The sower is only concerned about sowing the seeds, and the sower then leaves the seeds to their own fate. The reason is that the job of the sower begins and ends with sowing the seeds. (Please note that we are speaking of evangelism only, not discipleship or fellowship.) Just as a human farmer planting corn or watermelon, he simply puts the seed into the ground and allows “nature” (not really!) to take over.
Sure, he may water it, fertilize it, and take actions to remove weeds, but none of those will make the seed grow. Only God (not “nature”) can make the seed grow! And the same as it is with evangelism. Directed warfare prayer does not convert people, only the Holy Spirit does. The only caveat is that for the seed to grow, it must first be planted, so for converts to be made, the gospel should be preached. So, efforts in binding, rebuking demons and praying against them should be redirected towards evangelism, whether personal or public.
Another consideration: of the four groups listed by Jesus Christ, which were the seeds that landed 1. on the wayside, 2. on stony ground, 3. among thorns and 4. in good soil, the works of Satan were only explicitly mentioned in one of those, the ones that landed on the wayside! Now Luke 8:13 does say that Satan does this in order to prevent people from being saved. But Matthew 13:19 states that this is made possible only because of the failure of the person to understand or comprehend the gospel! While this certainly reminds one of Hosea 4:6’s “many people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge”, the truth is that only the Holy Spirit gives one knowledge or comprehension of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:14 states that the natural man cannot perceive or understand spiritual things, and that includes the gospel of Jesus Christ. Thus, binding and rebuking the enemy and directed warfare prayer will not result in the effectual opening of the hearts of the gospel, because this will not happen in a heart where the Holy Spirit is not active to provide comprehension of that gospel!
Now what of the other two groups who are not saved, meaning those among the thorns and those on the stony ground? The failure of these groups are not attributable to evil spirits, but of human nature: the flesh. Those among the thorns do not persevere because they prefer the riches and cares of this world. They are akin to Demas and the aforementioned Simon Magus. While it is true that Satan is behind the Babylon system that tempts men with its illicit pleasures, but going into spiritual battle against that system is to no avail when the issue is not the Satanic availability of the system, but the failure of man to resist it. Again, without the work of the Holy Spirit, it is not so much that Satan that man cannot overcome, but rather his own flesh that Satan appeals to with his temptations: the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. It was these things that Satan appealed to in order to cause the fall of Adam, and it was also these things that Jesus Christ resisted during His time of temptation in the desert. So, it is not the presence of Satan but the absence of the Holy Spirit that is the key here, and that is something that warring against devils will not fix.
The same is true with the other group, the one that falls among thorns. Though Revelation and other areas of the Bible make it abundantly clear that Satan provokes and controls the persecution of those who believe the gospel of Jesus Christ, the issue is those who yield to this persecution because of the weakness of the flesh. The parents of the man born blind refused to testify to the miracle of Jesus Christ worked on their own son because they feared being put out of the synagogues. The gospels refer to many others who believed in Jesus Christ but refused to testify of it because they feared the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Of those like unto them, Jesus Christ said that those who are ashamed of Him in this life will not be saved on judgment day!) The epistle to the Hebrews was written to warn Jewish Christians that they could not be saved if they abandoned the faith due to persecution, and Revelation 2-3 (indeed the entire epistle!) was written for the purposes of encouraging Christians to endure persecution to the very end.
Falling away due to the cares of the world and falling away due to persecution are two sides of the same coin. One is more concerned with pleasing the flesh than pleasing God, and the other is more concerned with preserving the flesh than preserving the relationship with God, and both are of Esau in that they mortgage their future inheritance for much lesser benefits in the present. The Holy Spirit is the One who gives Christians comprehension of the gospel so that Satan cannot deceive them with a lie (i.e. false Babylon religions including atheism), and the Holy Spirit is also the One who seals Christians so that they do not yield to the pressure on their flesh that the Babylon system exerts either through persecution or enticement. So, in all three cases, spiritual warfare and directed prayer will not overcome the lack of Holy Spirit involvement concerning an unbeliever. Doctrines otherwise are those which place the erstwhile spiritual warrior in the place of God.
DELIVERANCE AND SPIRITUAL WARFARE TIPS
All demons are legalists (which is why Christians should not be). Remember, the name “Satan” means “accuser.” A demon will wait until a person breaks one of the Ten Commandments or any of the other Biblical laws. Once a person has done so, it has the legal right to accuse a person. Now if a person is saved through Jesus Christ, God has a hedge of protection around him, guardian angels if you will, that will defend against demonic oppression that comes as the result of “falling”, sinning through ignorance or as the result of a one – time act of disobedience. But if a person is unsaved, or if the Christian is willfully and persistently rebellious, defying the Word of God, then there will be no hedge. Which will not necessarily mean that demonic possession and oppression will always happen, just that there is the opportunity to do so. Incidentally, a Christian who is legalistic rejects what the Bible says abotut God’s grace and puts his faith in his doctrines, religion, and human efforts rather than in God. So, legalistic Christians are actually more at risk to become oppressed by devils than a great many of the unsaved, especially if a person follows after a doctrine that teaches that he can “lose his salvation” or that his “holiness” or “spiritual gifts” are the result of righteousness attained by works; common teachings in Oneness Pentecostalism and other “holiness or hell” – I call it “their notions of holiness will take you straight to hell” – strands of people who deny the Bible’s teachings of grace and Trinity.
Whatever the demon and however they entered (and here is an excellent resource briefly explaining how they enter), all demons must be cast out of all believers and potential believers in the name and by the blood of Jesus Christ as directed by the Holy Spirit. We also must intercede for believers, unbelievers, groups of people, and the entire Body of Christ by binding these demons from the mind of people and commanding them to loose the will of people by the blood and in the name of Jesus Christ. We must also whether conducting deliverance or performing intercession bind these demons from seeking help from other demons or from principalities or powers in the name of Jesus Christ, and once they are cast out that bind them from entering anyone else in the name of Jesus Christ. After intercession, we must pray to God in the name of Jesus Christ that the people or groups that we interceded for would be led by God to seek deliverance from whoever God would send them to, and that they would have faith and be obedient and heed God’s call. We must also pray and intercede for the deliverance ministers as well in the name of Jesus Christ.
First pray for revelation from the Holy Spirit – Father God in the name of Jesus Christ, please tell me whether this person is being trespassed by a demon or demons or afflicted by them. Please Lord in the name of Jesus Christ inform me which demons are trespassing or afflicting this individual. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Next, rebuke and bind the evil spirit in the name of Jesus Christ – In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke you demon of _. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you demon of _ from continuing to afflict this person. In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you demon of _ from seeking help from other demons, powers, principalities, or rulers of darkness, and in the name of Jesus Christ I rebuke and bind all other demons, powers, principalities, or rulers of darkness from trying to help you.
With direct deliverance, command the demon to leave the person – In the name of Jesus Christ and by the blood of Jesus Christ, I command you demon of _ to go from _ right now! In the name of Jesus Christ, you cannot stay in _ demon of _ and you must leave now, by the blood of Jesus Christ! I rebuke you _ in the name of Jesus Christ, and in the name of Jesus Christ I command you to get out of _! (Continue with guidance from the Holy Spirit until God tells you that the demon is gone. The Holy Spirit may tell you that the person being delivered is holding onto the demon or something else that is not of God and therefore allowing the demon to remain; if so the person may need further counseling and prayer to renounce and reject anything that displeases God before the deliverance can proceed).
With intercession, rather than commanding the demon to come out, you must bind the demon until such time that it can be cast out – In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind you demon of _ from controlling or influencing the mind and will of _. In the name of Jesus Christ, I command you demon of _ to loose the will and mind of _.
The next step of intercession is to pray that God would lead the person to seek deliverance – Father God in the name of Jesus Christ, please touch the heart of _ and lead _ to seek deliverance from the demon of _ in the manner that you choose. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Please note that intercession and deliverance can be done for groups of people at once in addition to one at a time. As a matter of fact, Christians should engage in spiritual intercession for friends, acquaintances, their church congregation, and the entire Body of Christ on a regular basis. But the most important thing is to always be led by the Holy Spirit, as the key to successful spiritual warfare is receiving revelation and guidance from God. If you want more information on how to effectively conduct spiritual warfare, first go to the source, the Father himself in the name of his Son Jesus Christ for guidance in the right direction. Ordinarily I would suggest that you then talk to your pastor, but the sad truth is that few pastors are involved in deliverance ministry in any serious way, and a great many are opposed to it, which is yet another reason why God should be your guide. Who knows … God may lead you to inform your pastor on the importance of spiritual warfare and deliverance! If I may suggest a reference, it is the book “Pigs In The Parlor” by Frank and Ida Mae Hammond. It is a great starting point and general guide. May God bless. lead, and guide you in this critical area.
PRAYER FOR THE FAITH OF THE BELIEVERS
Father God in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ, may your children renounce and reject the shame, condemnation, embarrassment, and weakness of man and instead embrace Your Word, Your Power, and Your Spirit. May your children confess their fears and weaknesses to you. Instead of trying to hide them from themselves, the outside world, and from your face within themselves, or rather than convince themselves that their weakness is a virtue, may they renounce it in the Name of Jesus Christ. May they come to you in not only faith and broken – spiritness but also in happiness and victory; happiness and victory because they KNOW that once they tell you about it you will move it from them! Father God, I just know and feel within my spirit that the attack has begun. I know that the lying spirit, the faithlessness spirit, the anti – Christ spirit is moving through the Body of Christ amongst the Believers. Lord God, there has been false counsel stating that only the new in faith and the weak in faith and those who have not received sound doctrine and a solid theological background are vulnerable, but the truth is Father God everyone is vulnerable who is not watchful, elect, and who does not hate their lives on earth so that they can gain lives in Heaven. Everyone who does not hate their earthly families and love their spiritual families is vulnerable. Everyone who loves worldly comforts and things, everyone who cannot let go of fears, hurts, pains, and lusts; everyone who does not love their neighbor and does not have patience, peace, and understanding is vulnerable!
May the Believers know that everyone who does not put you first is vulnerable, and if that means them then they need to go to you in prayer! Oh Lord what a time this is! What a time this is to be on the earth! Many of your Believers are going to wish that they had been placed on the earth at a different time, when this attack was not yet unleashed upon the earth! Many of your Believers are going to wish that they were in Heaven already, or could be taken up immediately. Many of your Believers are going to start falling for false signs, theologies, and deceivers hoping that the Rapture is going to come immediately to rescue them from this evil time. May those Believers reject and renounce those fears and thoughts. Even though you told your servant John in the Revelation through your Son Jesus Christ that you are going to rescue us from the hour of temptation that will try the whole world, may we know that our hour on earth has not yet passed, that we must continue a short space. Indeed, the opposite is true; our time has now come! You Lord did predestinate and ordain that we were to be on earth at this time because you knew us before you made us; you knew us before history was made, and you put this generation on this earth so that we could withstand this evil time and still do your will! So may we not fall for any of the tricks of the enemy. May we not fall for the faithlessness spirit, for the lying spirit, for the worldliness spirit, for the hateful spirit, for the idolatry spirit, for the anti – Christ spirit! May we not be deceived into forsaking our work on earth and wishing for Heaven when it is against Your Will and it is not yet time! Instead, Lord, may we fall on our faces, go into fasting and prayer, put on ashes and sackcloth, keep the traditions and commandments given to us in the Bible, and commit ourselves to you, join ourselves to you as never before! Not join ourselves to institutions or to people, but to you! Lord, may we come to you, admit our weaknesses and faithlessness, and beg you to take it away from us, and then rejoice that it is done! Lord, may the Body of Christ know that it is time to wake up. May the Body of Christ know that this anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated with rituals. May the Believers know that this anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated with traditions. May the Believers know that the anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated with institutions. May the Believers know that this anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated with fellowship. May the Believers know that the anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated with intellectual knowledge.
May the Believers know that the anti – Christ spirit cannot be defeated through works, not even through much reading of the Scriptures and prayer. May the Believers know that this anti – Christ spirit cannot even be defeated with honorable, noble, sincere intentions! May the Believers know that this anti – Christ spirit can only be defeated through faith, and that faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God! Lord, may your Believers not fear. May your Believers not be ashamed. May they come to you. May they admit their weaknesses. May they admit their faults. May they ask you to confirm their faith. May they ask you to strengthen their faith. May they ask you if you are really there, and if Your Word is true, or if it is the doing of man! May they not fear your reproof, but may they love your reproof, for who you reprove you love! May they know that if you reprove them, then obviously you exist and therefore they should rejoice! Lord, may your Believers know that now is not the time for them to “name and claim” their faith, for you must have prior faith before you can name and claim anything. May your Believers come to you and ask you to restore and build up within them faith so that they can begin to name and claim more faith, and whatever it is that you would have them to have! Lord, now is the time for your true Believers, the ones who yet have faith and those whose faith that you have renewed and restored, to come out of the closet. To come out of the shadows. To start sharing their testimony. To start spreading the gospel, speaking The Word. To start doing things in public, not for their own acclaim but for the edification of the Body of Christ, so that the people might believe. Now is the time to stop fearing public condemnation, embarrassment, losing their jobs and friends, being kicked out of churches, or what have you; for them to stop loving and holding onto the world and to know that the world hates them because they are not of the world and that all this time the world has been pretending to love them for the purposes of trying to deceive them and to draw them in. But may your children know that now is the time when the separation is going to come, when brother shall be set against brother, parents against children, friends against friends, husbands against wives for Your Name’s sake. During this time, may your Believers not look upon each other’s faults.
May they not look upon who has gotten a divorce, who has committed adultery, who has stolen money, who has been an idolater or a murderer, who has been a racist, who has gone bankrupt, gone to jail, or otherwise come short of your glory in this life. Instead, may we consider who has The Word within them and is not ashamed. Let us see who has The Word within them, seek to have The Word with us, and fellowship with The Word, not with people or with institutions! Lord, it is time for your Believers to speak the word of testimony, to live the word of testimony! To go out and work mighty works so that the people might believe! Not so that the unsaved might believe, even though the unsaved are important. Lord, we have faith that the unsaved are in your hand, and will be delivered to us for preaching The Word and receiving salvation at the time that you have appointed. But Lord, may true Believers start speaking the word of testimony and doing great things, things which have never been done before, things which cannot be explained by science or economics or politics or “nature” or chance, so that the other Believers, the Believers whose faith are being tested, might believe and go to you and repent and ask for faith! May declarations of healings, changings of the natures and seasons, visions, tongues, dreams, prophecies, and other mighty works be declared! May they be worked before the people! Let the evidence of your power, your spirit, your love be done openly, Lord God, and let all who believe believe, be they Jew or Gentile, saved or unsaved, young or old, weak or strong. Lord, sadly, not everyone will believe. Some will harden their heart, choose the world, and allow Satan to steal that which they already have. Some will choose fear, others will choose to be lukewarm, others will choose idolatry, others will choose the approval of man, others will choose the comfort of the familiar. It is sad, Lord, but not everyone will choose submission to you. Not everyone will decide that they love you more than they love themselves. Not everyone will decide that you are greater than them. Not so much the people who will decide that you do not exist, but the people who will decide that you exist but not totally submit to you and put you first but lie to themselves that merely believing that you exist is enough. Such people will willingly misinterpret your Scriptures so that they believe what they want to believe. Such people will not be able to blame Satan or his anti – Christ spirit, but instead they will choose and accept a lie because they will love the lie more than they love the truth because they love themselves more than they love you. But Lord, even for some of those, there is yet hope! For those people will still be here when the hour of temptation comes to try t