THE WARRIOR’S LIFESTYLE
Spiritual warfare is a lifestyle. It’s not something you do but a way you live. Spiritual battles are fought in the spirit. You do it with battling prayers and the Word of God. Some things can be taught in the classroom but spiritual warfare is learned on the battle field. I wish it were not so but every experienced warrior knows that God equips them with His Word and Holy Ghost but they have to do the fighting. When you fight you win. There are no spoils without the battle. Every believer knows he must:
Identify demonic activities, wiles and strategies. Engage the enemy. Make war against demon powers that try to influence, manipulate and deceive. Stand fast against every demon power that’s come to steal, kill and destroy. War against demons that have deceived and possessed others. Avoid the flesh and stay in the Spirit. The warfare of the saints is not a weekend activity. It’s a lifestyle of the victorious sons of God. Just as Jesus overcame so you too can overcome. The spiritual warrior quickly learns to be led by the Holy Spirit and that prayer is his or her most powerful weapon against the wiles of the devil. Warriors show no mercy on the devil.
Devils are unmerciful, cunning, and hate the human race created in the image of God. They will stop at nothing to destroy every semblance of the Creator. This is why every disciple must keep himself spiritually strong, prayed up, pure and walking in the Spirit. It’s in prayer and meditation in the written Word of God that we draw from the wisdom of God. As already said spiritual warriors don’t play games with devils, they expose them to light and cast them out of their hiding places. Spirits network together. They watch and see what worked yesterday and what’s working now to attack you. Some may be lying spirits that tell things about you that are not true. They may release visions or dreams to people about you. They may even send Christian witches to curse you. They use every opportunity and dirty trick possible to harm your Christian witness and stop the move of God in your life, ministry or church. The prayer warrior must be fully armed at all times, fully alert watching always for the wiles of the devil.
HOLY GHOST POWER Jesus was anointed by the Holy Ghost. He was the Son of God with power with multitudes following him. He wasted no time after the Holy Ghost came on him to heal the sick and cast out devils. “For he had healed many; insomuch that they pressed upon him for to touch him, as many as had plagues. And unclean spirits, when they saw him, fell down before him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God” (Mark 3:10-11). After the baptism of the Holy Ghost Christ performed miracles, healed the sick, raised the dead and cast out devils. This is why He told his disciples after his resurrection to wait for the promise of the Father, the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:4). Jesus knew what it would take to build the Church that demon powers could not destroy.
Jesus commanded his revolutionaries to wait for the gift, the gift of the Holy Ghost. These waiting believers were baptized with the Holy Ghost with the evidence of speaking in other tongues (Acts 2:1-8; 8:14-18; 10:45-46; 19:5-6). They were ready to put on the armor of God, discern evil spirits, cast out devils, bind the powers of darkness, heal the sick, and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Spiritual warriors don’t let demon spirits stop them with false accusations. You are a spiritual warrior. Put on the armor of God, use your spiritual discernment, stand and withstand all the wiles of the enemy. At the name of Jesus no weapon formed against you can prosper.