Spiritual Warfare – The Fight is not with Flesh and Blood
Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
|Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.Ephesians 6:11-13, NLTThe most important thing in any battle is to first understand exactly what you are fighting. The Bible is very clear that what we are really fighting is not flesh and blood, but rather the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world. As long as we keep fighting flesh and blood, we lose!
The Enemy’s strategy is lies and deception. And his best lie is that one degree from the truth. As long as we believe either that there is no such thing as the devil or we keep our eye consistently fixated on evil in whatever form, we lose!
The battle belongs to God, and total victory was achieved when Jesus Christ died on the cross, and then resurrected on the third day. As believers in Jesus Christ our part is to walk out that victory in our lives every day –one day at a time.
We open our lives to deception, footholds, and ultimately strongholds when we allow by free choice evil ideas, concepts, or decisions into our minds and hearts. When we do this the Enemy has a legal right to come into our lives and wreak havoc. Unfortunately, our society has opened the door to many lies, deceptions, and very costly eternal influence.
Christians are just as vulnerable as non-Christians to deception; however, Christians have the armory to overcome and take back what has been stolen from the roaring lion with no teeth. We have the Holy Spirit to teach us and give us courage in the authority we do have against the power of the enemy (Mark 16:13). So take back what has been stolen and close the doors to ungodly influence.
The heavenly realm has been opened and the Glory of God is upon you through praise and worship. Now take authority over the powers of evil.
Spiritual Warfare Prayer
Heavenly Father, King of Kings, Lord of Lords all praise and worship belongs to you. Through the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ I am more than conqueror in your holy name. I have your Holy Spirit to lead me in all knowledge and wisdom empowering me each day and in every way of my life. It is through your Holy Spirit that I am made clean and whole so that I am no longer afraid or longer deceived in any way. Lord, I surrender my own understanding and trust you whole-heartedly!
Jesus, I put on the Helmet of Salvation to renew my mind with your perspective of this world and the things to come. I put on the Breastplate of Righteousness knowing that I am worthy because I have you, true righteousness, living inside of me. Around my waist, I buckle the Belt of Truth holding together that you are the Way, the Truth, and the Life –the only way to God.
I Shod my Feet with the Gospel of Peace taking full advantage of every opportunity you lie before me bringing unity to your Church and your Good News to the nations. I hold up my Shield of Faith to quench every fiery dart from wherever or whomever it may come each day, knowing this only make my faith stronger in you.
I wield the double-edged Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God and the revelation knowledge through the Holy Spirit, slicing through deception to gain victory in every area of my life. Father, show me any area of my life the enemy has a hold, so that I may take back by legal right what is mine.
Father, you say that whatever I bind on earth is bound in heaven and whatever I loose on earth is loose in heaven (Matthew 18:18). In the name of Jesus Christ, I bind all spirits of the air, fire, water, ground, underground and nether world.
So I speak to the principalities, the powers, the rulers of darkness, and spiritual wickedness in high places and demonic spirits of ________________________ (names of spirits). I take authority over you and bind you away from __________________(self, family, other names) in the most Holy name of Jesus Christ. I demand that you loose ____________________ (self, family, other names) from bondage in any form and let us/them go free. Satan, you desist in any harmful maneuvers right now, you are a spoiled and defeated foe. You have no power or legal right in Jesus Christ mighty name.
I lay hold of ____________________ salvation and his/her confession of the Lordship of Jesus Christ. I say these things as though they were for I choose to look at the unseen the eternal things of God. I stand in the gap in intercession for my brothers and sister and take hold of their deliverance.
I plead the blood of the Lamb over _________________________ (self, family, other names) knowing full well they are delivered out of the power of darkness and translated into the Kingdom of your dear Son!
God, I now ask that the vacant spaces left within ___________________(self, family, other names) be filled with Your Love, Your Peace, Your Joy, Your Rest, Your Living Waters, Your Redemption, Your Wisdom, Your Word, Your Righteousness, Your Revelation Knowledge in the name of Jesus Christ.
Thank you Father, for whomever the Son sets free is free indeed. I claim this freedom for _______________________ (self, family, other names). I stand firm in Your Truth knowing that through you nothing is impossible. This is my inheritance, as a co-heir with Christ that I now take claim of all that has been stolen from me.
I ask that your living water purify any contamination in my family and ancestry. No contamination will pass on from my generation, I take back any and all blessings, favor, gifts, wisdom, anointing, inheritance, provisions, health, and relationships that were once cursed and corrupted. Deliverance is mine today in Jesus Christ holy name and His love for me. Amen.
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