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Whole Armour Ministries was founded by Dr. Casey Smith to equip the saints with the armour of God as described in the sixth chapter of Ephesians. The spiritual warfare that Christians face is either dismally overlooked or altogether unknown. Dr. Smith has said, "We must not allow carnality to distract us from God's command to be sober and vigilant of the devices of Satan, the father of lies."
Christians must understand that spiritual warfare is real and that God reveals it to us throughout His Word. Without revelation from Scripture, we would be blind to this battle. Therefore, to understand this war, we must see what the Scriptures teach. Scoffers must be reminded that the Lord says, "let the Word of God be true, but every man a liar" (Romans 3:4).
The Bible teaches that there is an invisible realm which is distinct from the physical realm. In many ways, our physical world is under the power this spiritual world. Much of the evil in the world is a direct result of this unseen war. The number of personalities in this conflict are infinite. This battle is played out in the realm of humanity, the physical world.
This spiritual conflict rages all around us, as the kingdom of Satan wages war on the kingdom of God for the souls of humanity. When we come to the Lord Jesus Christ, we are saved completely and forever. Once saved, we are thrust into the call to oppose the kingdom of Satan by brining the Good News of the Gospel in all its power to sinners. We become an adversary to the devil, who has blinded the lost. Understanding the dynamics of this spiritual world is key to having victory not only in our life, but also in advancing the kingdom of God throughout the territory claimed by the enemy. That territory, as it were, includes the mind, culture, science, psychology, politics, media, education, and every fallen byproduct of the human experience. That territory may be as small as a single thought or as large as a nation. The enemy plays divide and conquer with all.
WHY DO WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL WARFARE?
Christians must understand spiritual warfare! We must not lie in defeat, but move forward in victory as the Lord Jesus has said "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."(John 16:33) Our goal is to advance the Kingdom of God, take territory from the enemy and point souls to Jesus Christ. If we understand how our enemy works, his traps and strategies are less likely to take us by surprise.
WHEN DID SPIRITUAL WARFARE BEGIN?
Satan chose to reject God's authority along with one third of the angels (Revelation 12:4). As a place for punishment, God created Hell for the Devil and his angels. (Matthew 25:41). Sinners, in effect; side with Satan and the fallen angels through their unbelief and stand condemned unless they are born again. As the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded "ye must be born again." Ultimately; all those who reject Jesus Christ whether they are alive on earth or in Hell will be delivered up to the final judgement and cast into the lake of fire which has no end.
THE FALL OF MAN
THE REDEMPTION OF HUMANITY AND SATAN'S FALL
The Lord Jesus Christ declared his victory over Satan, giving authority to His people, the saints, over the fallen angels. Therefore, redeemed by the blood of Christ, Christians carry the battle forward, having authority over the enemy. We have authority over the demonic realm in the name and power of Christ. This is what Satan tried to prevent, from the fall of man until the time of Jesus Christ (Luke 10:17-20).
Satan is still at work trying to prevent the advance of the Kingdom of God in the world, despite his defeat at the cross. He understands his time is short and that one day the saints, the redeemed of the earth, will inherit all things. We see this declaration in the book of Daniel, over 500-years before the birth of Jesus (Daniel 7:27).
Christians march forward in victory over the power of Satan. The Devil's goal for the Christian is to take away the victory we have in Jesus Christ, causing us to live a life of defeat. By doing this, he removes one more threat against his work. God however has put limits on just how far Satan can go. We see this in the book of Job as Satan rejects Job's righteousness, because he (Satan) did not have the permission to kill as the Lord has put a hedge around Job. (Job 1:8-10).
THE INVISIBLE WORLD OF THE SPIRITUAL REALM
The Apostle Paul taught the Ephesian Christians that not only is this spiritual realm invisible but it is organized with a structure of rule. The battle we face in the world is not one in the physical world but one in the spiritual (Ephesians 6:1-12). The word used to describe this battle is the word "wrestle" and is found only here in the New Testament.
Let's look at Elijah's response: So he answered, Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them. And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray, open his eyes that he may see. Then the Lord opened the eyes of the young man, and he saw. And behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha. So when the Syrians came down to him, Elisha prayed to the Lord, and said, Strike this people, I pray, with blindness. And He struck them with blindness according to the word of Elisha (2 Kings 6:8-17).
Elisha understood the situation from a spiritual viewpoint! In the world of flesh, Elisha would have no chance of escape. The physical world however, is subject to the spiritual realms. The spiritual realms are just as real as the physical only they are not seen with our physical eyes. This is the point Elisha wanted his servant to understand, and God wanted us to know. The armies of the Lord are present in the world, and servants of the Lord have authority over the fallen realms through the power of Christ. For that, Christians must praise the Lord for his provision and faithfulness to be with us in all things as He never to forsakes His people (Psalm 23).
Another example of this invisible world is found in the New Testament book of Mark. In the fifth chapter, a man who was possessed with demons confronts Jesus. Through this event, Jesus allows us to see the operation of the demonic realms of this invisible world.
Then they came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Gadarenes. And when He had come out of the boat, immediately there met Him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no one could bind him, not even with chains, because he had often been bound with shackles and chains. And the chains had been pulled apart by him, and the shackles broken in pieces; neither could anyone tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains and in the tombs, crying out and cutting himself with stones. When he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped Him. And he cried out with a loud voice and said, "What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me." For He said to him, "Come out of the man, unclean spirit!" Then He asked him, "What is your name?" And he answered, saying, "My name is Legion; for we are many." Also he begged Him earnestly that He would not send them out of the country. Now a large herd of swine was feeding there near the mountains. So all the demons begged Him, saying, "Send us to the swine, that we may enter them." And at once Jesus gave them permission. Then the unclean spirits went out and entered the swine (there were about two thousand); and the herd ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned in the sea. (Mark 5:1-13)
From this one event, we can glean a great deal of insight into the spiritual realm. Some major points to note include the following:
The man had a supernatural strength but his power was subject to God.
The man in whom the demons dwelt was in torment
He recognized who Jesus was, and appealed to Him.
The spirit dwelt in the man, allowing him to interact in the physical world.
The demon was frightened of Jesus
He had an identity, he was named Legion
He was apart of a confederation of many demons which laid claim to a mind and body
These demons could only do what was permissible, such as entering the pigs
The Lord desires His people to understand spiritual warfare so we can be on the attack as we move throughout the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Satan's goal is not to be seen, but to deceive. In a skeptical world, it is to Satan's advantage for people to think he does not exist. But, we will not be deceived because we know of his devices and declare that the gates of hell shall not prevail against the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! (Matthew 16:18)
Spiritual warfare is a reality Christians face every day. Armed with the Word of God and knowing that God will never leave or forsake us, we can boldly proclaim his Gospel among sinners. In doing so, we will be faithful to the call of His people to be salt and light as we give flavor and hope to a tasteless and dark world that is fallen in sin. Christians must love sinners by fighting against laziness, complacency and fear. Together, through the Holy Sprit we must advance as we hear the voice of our Great Shepherd call us to the frontlines to be soulwinners for Him until He calls us home. Jesus is both Lord and Christ! To Him be all glory, power, praise and dominion for ever and ever amen!