To expose the secrets of the dark kingdom to believers so they’ll be well prepared to warfare in the battles that are constantly waged against them, and to keep in check all satanic oppressions geared towards the pulling down of the strongholds of Christians, and the world. To encourage and prepare ordinary people to become Intercessor and soldiers of the cross.
Spiritual Warfare is a Must for every Believer
There is a difference between a regular prayer, of “Lord, I love you and want you to bless me and make my life prosperous”, and warfare, deliverance prayer that sends fire on the behind of the oppressor, and puts him to flight, leaving the oppressed liberated. You must rise up and battle to take back what the devil has stolen from you as well as put a stop to his continuous attacks on you and your loved ones.
So my intention here is to keep you on your toes, as you walk the Christian walk with the desire to live long on earth and to fulfill your God given purpose, you must be well equipped and be ready to do warfare. To do warfare, you need to have knowledge of the word of God, and with the wisdom obtained from the word of God you will then be able to discern the strategies of Satan’s plans.
You cannot fight an enemy whom you do not know. I hear people make the mistake of thinking, and even saying that there is nothing like Satan. some say that Satan has no power. Whatever may be your position, please pray that Satan does not remember you while you are still not well equipped to fight back. I have seen some people loose a lot of precious grounds to the oppressor and before they realize what had hit them, they become too weak to defend themselves as Satan wins the battle. God will empower you with the unquenchable fire of his Holy Spirit, which is derived from your constant dwelling in his presence through Praise and prayer; to crush, not just the satanic oppressor over your own life, but to also help others live a totally restored and fruitful life.
Know the Devil
He is also called "the dragon," "the old serpent" (Rev 12:9; Rev 20:2); "the prince of this world" (John 12:31; John 14:30); "the prince of the power of the air" (Eph 2:2); "the god of this world" (2Co 4:4); "the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience" (Eph 2:2). The distinct personality of Satan and his activity among men are thus obviously recognized. He tempted our Lord in the wilderness (Mat 4:1-11). He is "Beelzebub, the prince of the devils" (Mat 12:24). He is "the constant enemy of God, of Christ, of the divine kingdom, of the followers of Christ, and of all truth; full of falsehood and all malice, and exciting and seducing to evil in every possible way." His power is very great in the world. He is a "roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour" (1Pe 5:8). Men are said to be "taken captive by him" (2Ti 2:26). Christians are warned against his "devices" (2Co 2:11), and called on to "resist" him (Jas 4:7). He enters humans who give him room to operate, and uses them against other humans. So you sometimes see a man rise up and kills his brother as in the case of Cain and Abel, his mother, or father for all kinds of reasons. When some evil spirit entered Saul, he sought for several occasions to kill David. But because David’s heart was towards God, the Lord saved him from the onslaughts of the wicked king. Christ redeems his people from "him that had the power of death, that is, the devil" (Heb 2:14). Satan has the "power of death," not as lord, but simply as executioner. —Easton's Illustrated Dictionary
The devil is the sinner from the beginning. He is still carrying out today, the trade he learned and exercised from the beginning. The bible spoke about him in John 10:10, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” The devil is the Adversary, the accuser. (Job 1:6-12; Job 2:1-7). In the New Testament it is used as interchangeable with Diabolos, or the devil, and is so used more than thirty times.
It is however, obvious that some Christians lack knowledge of the devastating manifestations of Satan and his cohorts, and therefore are caught unawares with burdens, afflictions, and or yokes they could have somewhat avoided even before it took hold of them.
I am so glad that the work of the cross literarily destroyed the work of the devil. Jesus’ coming is reconciliatory. We did not deserve life but his sacrificial death reconnected us to God and allowed his mercy rather than judgment to be appropriated unto us. So through Jesus we have power over Satan.
Jesus came to give us life and, not just any kind of life, but an abundant life. As we see in 1 John 3:8b (KJV), for this purpose the Son of God (Jesus) was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Jesus' death on the cross gave us power to destroy the works of the devil. When he resurrected, he took the keys of hell and death from him, and gave us power to stand above his ordinances. The ball is therefore, now, left on our court to trash Satan using warfare prayers, being quickened by the power that raised Christ from the grave.
He went to the cross to die a death meant for sinners, even though he never, ever sinned, so that you can have the power to live a totally blessed life in spite of the trials and tribulations that come your way. Remember he did not promise us that the Christian walk will be without hitches, but told us that in the midst of all situations he’ll provide us with a way of escape, an answer, a solution, a breakthrough. And that breakthrough is in the knowledge of the son of God.
What does it mean for someone to be under oppression? To be under oppression is to be a subject of a force, authority or object, thing or place stronger than you. When you are in such a position, you are tortured and harassed by certain forces beyond your control. When you are oppressed, you are under the captors influence and directives, and you are like someone who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. And sometimes you see yourself doing what you would not have done were you in your right frame of mind.
Oppression can be experienced on multiple levels.
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Of all of the above, the most intricate is the spiritual aspect because that is where the battle begins. The oppressed is not cognizance of what’s going on until there is some sort of physical manifestation. For this reason it is so important for every believer to be constantly connected to God through his word and to live a praying lifestyle so that he/she can discern the onset signs of some demonic influences before they are fully manifested in the physical.
A sister called me at about 3am in the morning about an unbearable migraine headache that came right after she woke up from a dream in which someone pursued her and hit her head with an axe. According to her story, she tried to take the axe from this individual, but was overpowered, and as she turned her back to run away from him, she was hit on the head, and cried out of sleep with this pain. Someone can easily toss that experience as just an ordinary dream, but it was evident that certain forces had desired to write the last chapter of her day. Thanks be to God who gave us the knowledge and power to immediately pray a prayer of deliverance that set her free.
First Things First
To have power to battle the evil that is prevalent in the world, and to enjoy your Christian walk, you must first receive Jesus Christ as your savior (you must be born again). “Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” - John 3:3 (KJV). Jesus gave this answer to a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews who seeing the great miracle that were done by the Lord Jesus Christ marveled and wanted to know what he could do in order to be accepted into the kingdom of God. The scriptures also said, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation -Romans 10:9-13 (KJV).
If you will call upon the name of the Lord, you shall be saved.