And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. [Ephesians 1:19 - 23]
Spiritual warfare has become the dreaded but silent doctrine; arousing both curiosity and interest in the Church. However, many do feel inhibited from openly talking about it; due to innate misconceptions of some or whole aspects of its teachings that are difficult to assimilate and comprehend.
Some Christian institutions and denominations prohibit their ministers from talking about spiritual warfare in the context of deliverance, since in their view such perceived as giving undue and unnecessary credence to the Devil and his abilities. However, such prohibition is not born out of a genuine care and protection for the flock in their care, but driven mostly by fear and repercussion of what the Devil and subversive spirits might do to those who venture into spiritual warfare in the context of deliverance
Strangely enough, this ambivalence characterised by fear of anything to do with the Devil is primarily responsible for the lack of spirituality across churches all over the world, especially Western Christianity. It is why incidentally, growth in eastern mysticism all over the Western world is at an all time high and the church thus far has had no tangible response. Put simply many within the Church do not see any harm in dabbling into spiritual practices that can impede or derail their destiny in God. These spiritual practices are alien to their call in God through Christ Jesus, which not only makes them spiritually vulnerable, but prime candidates and targets for spiritual attack and manipulation.
Still there are those who assume that the subject can be better treated in an entirely different context where primitive beliefs in spirits still permeates the culture, society, and tradition. This is a common misconception and misinformation destined to keep one sedated under the perilous influence of the Devil. Africa, Asia parts of the Caribbean, West Indies and Latin America all spring to mind, when most think of spiritual belief.
There is a long standing assumption that purports faith in science and reason alone has eradicated belief formerly held in spirit beings and God. While science has come a long way and our reason has no doubt improved, all of this put together can never discount the existence of the spirit world. Even if we choose to believe they do not exist, then it is to our detriment and not to our salvation that we do so.
Humility brings us to recognise that our view of the world should be shaped by the Bible. Anything else would leave us prone to the spirit of error.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. [Isaiah 55:8 - 9]
Since God’s thoughts are not our thoughts it remains for us to understand His thoughts and ways from the Bible in order to draw a proper view of the world, one that is from the perspective of the God.
In this we see that although the Biblical world went through many turbulent tumultuous times historically, politically and religiously; the reason for Jesus coming was not to redeem history, politics or religion but to redeem mankind from sin and the works of the Devil.
In order for Jesus to do so realize the redemptive master plans of God, He had to confront and subdue the Devil who it is said of being the god of this world.
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. [2 Corinthians 4:3 - 4]
Elsewhere in the Bible the same Devil is referred to as the prince of this world. Since the Devil is the god of this world, the careless who do not submit their lives daily to the will of Christ is easily brought under the influence of the Devil and spiritually manipulated. When spiritual manipulation is enforced, then that, which is brought under the influence of the Devil and other subversive spirits will act contrary to the ways and will of God; without even knowing it or accepting it to be wrong.
It is for this and other well evidenced reasons in the Bible that God does not see a world shaped by science and reasoning; but one under spiritual subjugation by the Devil and other subversive spirits.
For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. [1 John 3:8]
The church is full of many works that can be attributed to the Devil especially where morality and sexuality is concerned.
In light of that, spiritual warfare is the process by which we establish the will of God on earth, by superimposing the reality of God’s will for our lives in the realm of the spirit. It is undoubtedly the case that the spiritual has and will always determine what happens in the natural or physical world called earth.
It is a battle fought spiritually between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of Satan.
We cover a whole range of spiritual issues from demonic to satanic manipulation, deception, stronghold and much more.