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WE ARE NOT IN BONDAGE TO THE WORLD
As a believer, we do not have to be in bondage to the world system. Wherein in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also you had your conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind: and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God (Eph 2:2-3,13,19).

Romans 12:1-3 teaches that we no longer need be conformed to the world. We can be transformed (changed). We are part of a new kingdom now. We are the residents of the Kingdom of God. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God (I Cor 2:12). We learn more about our liberty in Galatians 4:1-7. We are not to be overcome by the world. Do not let the cares of the world destroy the work of the Word in your life (Matt 13:22; Mark 4:19).

THE ENEMY AND UNBELIEVERS
The enemy has a very powerful strategy operating against unbelievers. He blinds their minds to the Gospel (II Cor 4:3-4) and snatches away the truth of the Gospel when they do hear it so that no response will occur (Luke 8:12). As a result, the Gospel sounds foolish and irrelevant to those who are lost in sin (I Cor 1:18). Satan also snares many unbelievers in false religions (I Tim 4:1-3) and leads them to walk according to the “course of the world” which is the philosophy of the age. That philosophy may vary from generation to generation and culture to culture, but it is always creature-centered and creature-promoting rather than God-centered. Satan is constantly sowing the seeds of rebellion (sin) in the minds of unbelievers by which he is able to keep them bound in his spiritual kingdom.

THE PURPOSE OF GOD
It is God’s purpose that… …in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth… (Ephesians 1:10).From the beginning of time, Satan has battled against the fulfillment of this purpose. Our own warfare in the spirit world is related to this purpose of God. Satan battles to bring our soul into allegiance to him instead of the Lord Jesus Christ.

God works in us to accomplish His purpose. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do His good pleasure (Phil 2:13). God also works through our life to accomplish His purposes. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God (Romans 6:13). When we yield ourselves to become “an instrument of righteousness unto God,” it means we bring our life and ministry in harmony with His purpose and plans. By doing this, we become a target for God’s enemy, Satan.

 

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There are two types of warfare in the natural world: Offensive and defensive. The Bible also teaches both defensive and offensive spiritual strategies. The only other option is desertion, which is unacceptable. There is one thing in common about offensive and defensive warfare. Both involve personal action by the believer. In natural warfare, unused weapons do not inflict causalities on the enemy nor win wars. The same is true in the spirit world. Our spiritual weapons are affected by our will to use them. It is true that God empowers for battle, but we have a personal responsibility in both defensive and offensive spiritual strategies. In Old Testament battles, the Lord fought for and with His people, Israel. But first, they had to position themselves on the battlefield. When God sees a spiritual weapon being used in His name and a man or woman on the battlefield daring to attempt the impossible, the Lord of Hosts is moved to action.

DEFENSIVE WARFARE
Defensive warfare is battle waged to defend territory. It is a warfare that waits for the enemy to strike, then pulls its forces together in defensive response. The defender must respond to his opponent and his decisions are forced on him by the attacker. This type of warfare does not advance into enemy territory. It defends territory already claimed. It is important, however, because the spiritual forces of evil are constantly attacking us as a believer. If we do not know how to defend ourselves, we will become a victim of these attacks.

OFFENSIVE WARFARE
Offensive warfare is aggressive warfare. It is not warfare of waiting and responding in defense. It is warfare which takes the initiative of attack. The enemy is identified, his strategies recognized, and offensive advances against him are made in the spirit world. In offensive warfare the attacker has the advantage of making decisions first. Offensive warfare gains territory rather than defends it. Offensive advances are the only type of spiritual warfare which will reach the world with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We cannot remain in our comfortable homes and churches and practice defensive strategies only. The army of God must advance into enemy territory. It must go to the strongholds of Satan with the power of the Gospel message. We must wage aggressive offensive spiritual battle.

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WEAPONS OF WARFARE
Spiritual battles must be fought with spiritual weapons. Paul describes the armor to be used in spiritual warfare. Wherefore take unto you the whole Armor of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.And take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God (Eph 6:13-17).

The purpose of the armor is to be able to stand against the wiles (deceit, cunning, craftiness) of the enemy, Satan. It is our responsibility to put on the armor.But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof (Romans 13:14). The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the Armor of light (Romans 13:12).Our spiritual armor is not like an athletic uniform we put on at game time. We put on the armor once and for all and leave it on the rest of our life. Just as a soldier on the battlefield does not take his armor off and on, we will not lay down our armor until we go to be with the Lord. If we do not have our armor on at all times, we are vulnerable to the enemy. It is wise to check often that each piece of our spiritual armor is still in place.

“Having put” indicates something we have already done if we are a believer. Having our loins girt about with truth, having on the breastplate of righteousness (verse 14)and having our feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace (verse 15). The second division includes things which are to be put on in the present. Taking the shield of faith (verse 16), taking the helmet of salvation and taking the sword of the Spirit (verse 17). In Ephesians 6:11 Paul emphasizes putting on the whole armor of God. Some of us are preoccupied with but one piece of God’s armor to the extent that others are neglected. We must have on the whole armor or we may find ourselves being an expert in the use of the “sword of the Spirit” and still defeated because we have forgotten the shield of faith.

DEFENSIVE WEAPONS
The Belt:The first piece of armor to be buckled on is the girdle or belt of truth. In the natural world, a suit of armor was attached to the belt which held the other pieces of armor in place. The truth of God’s Word is the spiritual belt to which all other pieces of armor are attached. Satan’s first attack on man was on truth. And the woman said unto the serpent…God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die. (Genesis 3:2-4).

The truth will protect us from lies and doctrinal errors of the enemy. Truth is the undergirding of our spiritual armor. We are to have our loins (our spiritual vital organs) girt (covered) with truth: Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth… (Eph 6:14). What is the truth? Jesus said, “I am the truth” (John 14:6). The Holy Spirit is the “Spirit of truth” (John 14:17). God is truth (Rom 3:4). God’s Word is truth (Psalms 119:151). The Gospel is truth (Col 1:5).

The Breastplate:In the natural world, the breastplate covered the upper body of the warrior to protect vital organs such as his heart, lungs, etc. The spiritual breastplate of righteousness does not refer to our righteousness, but to the covering of the righteousness of Christ. And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith (Phil 3:9). We are not to stand on our own merits. We stand in Christ.

We can not face the enemy without the protection of the righteousness of Christ. By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the Armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left. (II Cor 6:7). The righteousness of Christ protects our spiritual “vital organs” from attacks of Satan and from unrighteousness. The breastplate of righteousness must be buckled on to the belt of truth. Putting on the breastplate of faith and love (I Thess 5:8). He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou trust: His truth shall be thy shield and buckler (Psalms 91:4).

The Shoes:There are many types of shoes for different purposes. Some are for walking, others for specific sports activities. A soldier’s shoes are another kind. They are shoes designed for warfare. A soldier who cannot advance on the battlefield is disabled in warfare. “Feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace” indicate a readiness to advance in the spiritual realm. These spiritual shoes protect our will from the temptation of the enemy who would lead us in wrong paths. They indicate our willingness to do every good work and to spread the Gospel to all nations. These spiritual shoes will also enable us to stand against the enemy as Paul encourages us to do (Eph 6:15).

The Shield:In the natural world, the shield was used to provide protection to the warrior’s entire body. Our spiritual shield is called the “shield of faith”. There are several types of faith mentioned in the Bible. There is saving faith, the gift of faith, and the spiritual fruit of faith. But the word “faith” when used in relation to the “shield of faith” speaks of defensive faith. This faith is a firm trust and confidence in God which protects our whole being. It protects us from flaming missiles of doubt and unbelief sent by the enemy. This shield of faith is a calm and confident trust in God which deflects all the fiery arrows of the enemy from their target.

The shield of faith is the constant application of God’s Word to the issues of life which will enables us to overcome the evil forces of the world. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (I John 5:4). Combined with love of God, faith is most effective: It is faith based on salvation. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great (Psalms 18:35). Without faith, we have no grasp of truth. Without faith we cannot receive salvation. Without faith we cannot go forth with the Gospel of peace. Without faith we cannot claim the righteousness of Christ and effectively use the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. Faith is not an assumption or presumption. It is a fact based upon God’s Word. We can increase our faith by hearing God’s Word (Romans 10:17), acting upon our present faith (Romans 1:17), and seeking God (Hebrews 12:2).
The Helmet:The helmet of salvation is not something we put on when we get saved. We are dealing with spiritual armor here, and it is assumed that we are a believer and a member of God’s army before we start putting on the armor. The helmet of salvation represents a regenerated soul. It represents a transformed and renewed spiritual life. An undisciplined Christian warrior is an easy prey to the deceptions of the enemy. Paul speaks of the helmet as the “hope of salvation” in I Thessalonians 5:8. Salvation embraces the past, present, and future. We have been saved from the guilt and penalty of past sin. We are being saved from the power of sin in the present. The “hope of salvation” refers to salvation in the future tense. We have a confident hope in the future because God is working out His purpose, according to His good pleasure, which He hath purposed in Himself; That in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in Heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him. (Eph 1:9-10).

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OFFENSIVE WEAPONS

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT

The “sword of the Spirit,” which is the Word of God, is a weapon that can be used both defensively and offensively. The Word is a defensive weapon when we use it to defend against the attacks of Satan. Jesus used the Word in defense against the attacks of Satan. It is offensive when we use it to claim territory for the Lord by sharing the Gospel message and deliverance with others.

There are two different words used in Scripture for the “Word of God”. One word is “logos” which refers to the complete revelation of what God has said. The second word, “rhema,” refers to a specific saying of God that has special application to a specific situation. Jesus used specific (“rhema”) sayings of God, applicable to the immediate temptation. To be able to do this implies familiarity with the total Word of God. If we are to use specific Scriptures applicable to immediate battles, we must have knowledge of God’s total revelation.

In order to use the Word of God effectively in spiritual warfare, we must study, meditate upon, get the revelation from God and even memorize it. Many defeats in life come because we do not know God’s Word. Matt 22:29, Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

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GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are valuable weapons of offensive and defensive battle. The gifts of the word of knowledge and the word of wisdom provide supernatural revelation for spiritual warfare. The gift of discerning of spirits reveals the deception of the enemy.

DELEGATED POWER AND AUTHORITY

Authority and power are two different things. If we consider the example of a policeman, he has a badge and a uniform which are symbols of his authority. His authority comes because of the position he holds with the government. But because all people do not respect that authority, the policeman also carries a weapon. The weapon is his power. Our authority over the enemy comes through Jesus Christ and our position in Him as believers. Our power over the enemy comes through the Sword of the Holy Spirit which is the Word of God.

The power Jesus gave is directed power for specific purposes. These include power over the enemy: Then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases (Luke 9:1). Power over sin: And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: Whosesoever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained (John 20:22-23). Power to extend the gospel: But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth (Acts 1:8).

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PRAYER

It is part of “Gods Battle Plan,” that prayer and its associated practice of fasting are also powerful spiritual weapons. These two weapons can be used both offensively and defensively.

BINDING AND LOOSING

We have the power to bind the forces of evil and loose the souls from the enemy. And I will give unto thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven (Matt 16:19). This weapon works together: It is binding and loosing. Whenever we bind something, we also loose something.

THE BLOOD OF JESUS

When Jesus died on the cross of Calvary, He loosed us from the dominion of sin and the power of the enemy. His blood secures our access to God and releases from the bondage of Satan. The Word of God indicates that “they (believers) overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) (Rev 12:11)”. Salvation, healing, and deliverance are all available because of the blood of Jesus. His blood enables us to wage offensive warfare for the souls of men and women and bring deliverance and healing in the name of Jesus. Our power to “overcome” the enemy is because of the “blood of the lamb.”

OUR TESTIMONY

Revelation 12:11 indicates the enemy is defeated by the “word of our testimony”. The word “testimony” means “evidence or record” like that used in a legal case in a court of law. As we “testify” or give evidence to the power of God in our life, we wage offensive spiritual warfare. To be effective, our testimony must be based upon the testimony of the Word of God, just as a lawyer in a court bases his arguments on the law of the land. Our own spiritual life also is a living testimony.

THE NAME OF JESUS

The name of Jesus is also a powerful offensive weapon. Jesus said that “in My name” you will cast out demons, heal the sick, and overcome all the power of the enemy (Mark 16:17). In the book of Acts we will note all the miracles done “in His name”. The name of Jesus is not some magical phrase with which we conclude our prayers. It is a symbol of the authority and power He has given us.

FACE THE ENEMY

When we are equipped with all these weapons we can’t sit back and relax or take refuge under the cover of someone else. When Nehemiah was offered refuge from the enemy, he refused. He said, “Should such a man as I flee? (Neh 6:11)”. Nehemiah faced the enemy in God’s power. When the enemy threatens us, we should not flee or take the easy way out. When internal dissension and discouragement arose and the enemy worked through weak believers, Nehemiah did not ignore the attacks. He confronted and conquered them. The greatest attack of the enemy came when the wall was half finished. When we start building in the spirit world, when we enter the arena of effective spiritual warfare, we will be the target for attacks of Satan.

Nehemiah’s response to direct criticism, mocking, scorn, false accusations, threats, and fear, was simply to continue building the wall. So we labored in the work: and half of them held the spears from the rising of the morning till the stars appeared (Neh 4:21). Nehemiah stayed with the task. He did not stop building: So the wall was finished in the twenty and fifth day of the month of Elul, in fifty and two days (Neh 6:15). Nehemiah did in a short time what the enemy said could not be done. While we are building the walls of His Temple, the enemy may tell us the task is hopeless. But, with God’s help, we can rebuild His Kingdom. With His strength we do not have to take a long time to do so. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Phil 4:13).

ATTACK AND COUNTERATTACK

This spiritual warfare is like wrestling in the natural world. In natural wrestling, every move we make sets us up for a response from the opponent. The same is true in the spirit world. When we make a move for God, Satan will always counterattack with a move of his own.

In wrestling, a mobile opponent is considered dangerous. This is why we want to pin our opponent down. In the spiritual world, Satan is a mobile opponent. He goes “to and fro” as a lion seeking to devour. We must be on guard for his constant mobility. Satan also recognizes the effectiveness of our mobility. He wants to prevent us from being on the move for God. This is why he strives to throw us and pin us down spiritually.

Any error made in wrestling results in an action that can be taken advantage of by the opponent. How true spiritually! Any error we make in spiritual wrestling is quickly taken advantage of by the enemy. It is important in wrestling to learn how to recover from a fall. It is necessary to be able to convert the bottom position into an advantage. There are moves of escape and reversal which will enable this. In spiritual wrestling we may at times experience a fall and be temporarily pinned by the enemy. But we do not have to remain in this position. God has given strategies in His Word which, if followed, will convert our disadvantage into an advantage.

He has provided strategies for escape and reversal spiritually just as are used in natural wrestling. The life of Joseph is an excellent example of this. He had the disadvantages of being sold into slavery and put in prison. But he converted disadvantages to advantages. In the end, he triumphed over the enemy. There are other moves in wrestling which result in taking an opponent down from behind, dragging, pinning, throwing, and pulling him. The objective of wrestling in the natural world is to defeat the opponent by causing him to fall or pinning him to the ground. This results from a series of strategic moves and/or by wearing the opponent down.

Our attitude is very important in wrestling. In a study on the subject, the following attitudes were said to be necessary for championship wrestling in the natural world. These attitudes also are true in the spiritual realm: Desire:To wish and want to win is not enough. The champion wrestler must have a will to win. Desire is an emotion which transcends all else in life. Persistence:Sustained effort is required for championship wrestling. A champion wrestler will not accept defeat. Purpose:Winning is the goal and purpose of wrestling. To achieve this goal he must not only know he is master of the situation, but he must also let his opponent know about it.

The goal of offensive warfare is to pull and cast down the strongholds of the enemy: Forthe weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (II Cor 10:4-5).To “pull down” means to take down by effort or force. To “cast” means to throw or

hurl. We are told to cast off the works of darkness (Romans 13:12) and cast out demon powers (Matthew 10:8). When we pull and cast down strongholds of Satan we are waging offensive warfare. We are not waiting to defend against an attack of Satan but we are attacking strongholds of the enemy’s power.

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DECEIVED DUE TO IGNORANCE
In the Christian Church, countless “thoughts” and “beliefs,” which are opposed to the truth of God, are injected into the minds of Christians by teaching spirits, rendering them ineffective in the warfare with sin and Satan, and subject them to the power of evil spirits, although they are saved for eternity through their faith in Christ, and accept the authority of the Scriptures, and know the power of the Cross. All “thoughts” and “beliefs” should therefore be tested by the truth of God revealed in the Scripture, not merely by “texts” or portions of the Word, but by the principles of truth revealed in the Word. Since Satan will endorse his teachings by “signs and wonders” (Matt. 24: 24; 2 Thess. 2: 9; Rev. 13: 13), “fire from heaven”, “power” and “signs,” are no proof of “teaching” being of God; nor is a “beautiful life” to be the infallible test, for Satan’s “ministers” can be “ministers of righteousness” (2 Cor. 11: 13- 15).

The culmination of the flood tide of these deceiving spirits sweeping upon the Church, is described by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Thessalonians, where he speaks of the manifestation of one, who will, eventually, have so deceived Christendom as to have gained an entrance into the very sanctuary of God; so that “he sitteth in the sanctuary of God, setting himself forth as God…” (2 Th. 2:4). The “presence” of this one being a “Presence” like God, and yet “according to the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and wonders, of falsehood, and with all deceit…” (2 Th. 2: 9, 10).

Confirmation of the Lord’s words recorded by Matthew (24:24) and Mark (13:22), is found in the revelation given by Him to John, at Patmos, that at the close of the age, the main weapon used by the deceiver for obtaining power over the people of the earth, will be supernatural signs from heaven, when a counterfeit “lamb” will do “great signs,” and even “make fire come down out of heaven” to deceive the dwellers on the earth, and thereby exercise such control over the whole world, that “no man shall be able to buy or sell, save he that hath the mark of the beast” (Rev. 13:11-17).

Through this supernatural deception, the full purpose of the deceiving hierarchy of Satan, thus reaches its consummation, in the foretold world-wide authority. Deception of the world with deepening darkness; deception of the Church through “teachings,” and “manifestations,” will reach the highest flood-tide climax at the close of the age.

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WARNING TO THE CHURCH
It is striking to note that the Apostle who was chosen to transmit the Apocalypse to the Church, in preparation for the last days of the Church militant, should be the one to write to the Christians of his day: “Believe not every spirit” (1 John 4: 1-6), and earnestly warn his “children” that the “spirit of anti-Christ,” and the “spirit of error” (deception) was already actively at work among them. Their attitude was to be “believe not”–i.e., to doubt every supernatural “teaching” and “teacher,” until proved to be of God. They were to prove the “teachings,” lest they came from a “spirit of error,” and be part of the deceiver’s campaign as “anti- Christ,” i.e., against Christ.

If this attitude of neutrality and doubt toward supernatural teachings was needed in the days of the Apostle John–some fifty-seven years after Pentecost– how much more is it needed in the “later times” foretold by the Lord, and by the apostle Paul. Times which were to be characterised by a clamour of voices of “prophets,” that is–in the language of the twentieth century–“speakers” and “teachers” using the sacred Name of the Lord; and when “teachings” received supernaturally from the spiritual realm, would abound. “Teachings” accompanied with such wonderful proofs of their “divine” origin, as to perplex even the most faithful of the Lord’s people, and even, for a time, to deceive some of them.

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CRITERION FOR JUDGMENT
The enemy is a deceiver, and as a deceiver he will work and prevail in the later times. “Success” or “defeat” is no criterion of a work being of God or Satan. Calvary stands for ever as the revelation of God’s way in working out His redemption purposes. Satan works for time, for he knows his time is short, but God works for eternity. Through death to life, through defeat to triumph, through suffering to joy, is God’s way.

Knowledge of truth is the primary safeguard against deception. The “elect” must know, and they must learn to “prove” the “spirits” until they do know what is of God, and what is of Satan. The words of the Master, “Take heed, I have told you, ” plainly implies that personal knowledge of danger is part of the Lord’s way of guarding His own, and believers who blindly rely upon “the keeping power of God,” without seeking to understand how to escape deception, when forewarned to “take heed” by the Lord, will surely find themselves entrapped by the subtle foe.

GOD LEGISLATING FOR DANGERS FROM EVIL SPIRITS
A perspective view of the ages covered by the history in Bible records, shows that the rise and fall in spiritual power of the people of God, was marked by the recognition of the existence of the demoniacal hosts of evil. When the Church of God in the old and new dispensations was at the highest point of spiritual power, the leaders recognized, and drastically dealt with, the invisible forces of Satan; and when at the lowest they were ignored, or allowed to have free course among the people.

The reality of the existence of wicked spirits by whom Satan, their prince, carried out his work in the fallen world of men, cannot be more strongly proved, than by the fact that the statutes given by Jehovah to Moses in the fiery mount, embodied stringent measures for dealing with the attempts of evil spirit beings to find entry to the people of God. Moses was instructed by Jehovah to keep the camp of Israel free from their inroads, by the drastic penalty of death for all who had dealings with them.

The very fact of Jehovah thus giving statutes in connection with such a subject, and the extreme penalty enforced for disobedience to His law, shows in itself (1) the existence of evil spirits, (2) their wickedness, (3) their ability to communicate with, and influence human beings, and (4) the necessity for uncompromising hostility to them, and their works. God would not legislate for dangers which had no real existence, nor would He command the extreme penalty of death, if the contact of the people with evil spirit beings of the unseen world, did not necessitate such drastic dealing.

The severity of the penalty obviously implies, also, that the leaders of Israel must have been given acute “discerning of spirits,” so sure and so clear, that they could have no doubt in deciding cases brought before them.

Whilst Moses and Joshua lived, and enforced the strong measures decreed by God to keep His people free from the inroads of Satanic power, Israel remained in allegiance to God, at the highest point of its history; but when these leaders died, the nation sank into darkness, brought about by evil spirit powers, drawing the people into idolatry and sin; the condition of the nation in after years, rising and falling (Judges 2: 19, 1 Kings 14: 22-24; 2 Chron. 33: 2-5, 34: 2-7) into (1) allegiance to God, or (2) idolatrous worship of idols, and all the sins resulting from the substitution of the worship of Satan–which idolatry really meant–in the place of Jehovah.

When the new dispensation opens with the advent of Christ, we find Him–the God-Man–recognizing the existence of the Satanic powers of evil, and manifesting uncompromising hostility toward them, and their works–Moses in the Old Testament, Christ in the New. Moses, the man who knew God face to face. Christ, the Only Begotten Son of the Father, sent from God to the world of men. Each recognizing the existence of Satan and the evil spirit beings; each drastically dealing with them as entering and possessing men, and each waging war against them, as actively opposed to God.

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THE CHURCH IN THE MIDDLE AGES
Taking a perspective view, from the time of Christ on throughout the early history of the Church, up to the giving of the Apocalypse, and the death of the Apostle John, the manifested power of God wrought (in varying degrees) among His people, and the leaders recognized and dealt with the spirits of evil–a period corresponding to the Mosaic period in the old dispensation.

Then the forces of darkness gained, and, with intermittent intervals and exceptions, the Church of Christ sank down under their power, until, in the darkest hour, which we call the Middle Ages, all the sins having their rise through the deceptive workings of the evil spirits of Satan, were as rife as in the time of Moses, when he wrote by the command of God, “There shall not be found with thee . . one that useth divination, or that practiseth augury, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or a consulter with a familiar spirit, or a wizard, or a necromancer” (Deut. 18: 10-11).

Now, at the close of the dispensation, and on the eve of the millennial age, the true Church of Christ will again arise, and reach God’s purposed power, only when the bleivers recognize, as Moses did in the Old Testament Church, and Christ and His apostles did in the New, the existence of evil spirit powers of darkness, and take towards them and their works, the same uncompromising attitude of hostility, and aggressive warfare.

BELIEVERS EQUIPMENT TO DEAL WITH SATANIC POWERS
Why the Church in the twentieth century has not recognized the existence, and workings, of evil supernatural forces, can only be attributed to its low condition of spiritual life and power. The Church is blinded by the prince of the power of the air to the revelation given in the Scriptures, concerning the Satanic powers.

If Christians recognized the existence of evil spirits, and that the darkness in heathen lands was caused by the prince of the power of the air (Eph. 2: 2; 4: 18 ; 1 John 5: 19; 2 Cor. 4: 4), and proclaimed to the heathen the message of deliverance from the evil hosts, they know so well to be real, and malignant, foes; as well as remission of sin, and victory over sin through the atoning sacrifice of Calvary; a vast change would come over the mission field in a few brief years.

The Holy Spirit is already at work, opening the eyes of the people of God, and many of them are beginning to recognize the real existence of Satanic powers, and are seeking to know how to discern their workings, and how to deal with them in the power of God.

The hour of need always brings the corresponding measure of power from God to meet that need. The Christians during the time of Apostles (1) recognized the existence of evil spirits, (2) that they influenced, deceived and possessed men, and (3) that Christ gave His followers authority over them through His Name and it is available for the servants of God at the close of the age as well.

God gives an object lesson, through the Scripture records, showing that the highest points of God’s manifested power among men, is invariably the occasion for concurrent manifestations of the working of Satan. It was so when the Son of God came forth from the wilderness conflict with the prince of darkness, and found the hidden demons in many lives aroused to malignant activity, so that from all parts of Palestine crowds of victims came to the Man, before whom the possessing spirits trembled in impotent rage.

In order to understand the working of the deceiver-prince of this power of the air, and become acute to discern his tactics, and his methods of deceiving men, believers should search the Scriptures thoroughly, to obtain knowledge of his character, and how spirits of evil are able to possess, and use the bodies of men.

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THE WORKING OF SATAN AND EVIL SPIRITS
The workings of Satan as prince of demons, and his evil spirits, should specially be noted, so as to understand their methods at the present day; for to many the adversary is merely a tempter, whilst they little dream of his power as a deceiver (Rev. 12: 9), hinderer (1 Thess. 2: 18), murderer (John 8: 44), liar (John 8: 44), accuser (Rev. 12: 10), and a false angel of light; and still less of the hosts of spirits under his command, constantly besetting their path, bent upon deceiving, hindering, and prompting to sin. A vast host wholly given up to wickedness (Matt. 12: 43-45), delighting to do evil, to slay (Mark 5: 2-5), to deceive, to destroy (Mark 9: 20); and having access to men of every grade, prompting them to all kinds of wickedness, and satisfied only when success accompanies their wicked plans to ruin the children of men (Matt. 27: 3-5).

We read of the Lord describing him as the “prince of the world” (John 14: 30); recognizing him as ruling over a kingdom (Matt. 12: 26); using imperative language to him as a person, saying; “Get thee hence”; while to the Jews He describes his character as “sinning from the beginning,” and being a “murderer,” and a “liar,” the “father of lies,” who “abode not in the truth” (John 8: 44) which once he held as a great archangel of God. He is called, also, “that wicked one” (1 John 3: 12, A.V.), the “Adversary,” and that “old serpent” (Rev. 12: 9).

In respect of his method of working, the Lord speaks of him as sowing “tares,” which are “sons of the evil one,” among the wheat–the “sons” of God (Matt. 13: 38, 39); thus revealing the Adversary as possessing the skill of a master mind, directing, with executive ability, his work as “prince of the world,” in the whole inhabited earth, and with power to place the men, who are called his “sons,” wherever he wills.

We read also, of Satan watching to snatch away the seed of the Word of God from all who hear it, this again indicating his executive power in the world- wide direction of his agents, whom the Lord describes as “fowls of the air”; in His own interpretation of the parable (Matt. 13: 3, 4, 13, 19; Mark 4: 3, 4, 14, 15; Luke 8: 5, 11, 12); plainly saying that He meant by these “fowls” the “evil one” (Matt. 13: 19); “Satan” (Mark 4: 15); or “Devil” (Luke 8: 12); whom we know, from the general teaching of other parts of the Scriptures, does his work through the wicked spirits he has at his command; Satan himself not being omnipresent, although able to transpose himself with lightning velocity to any part of his world-wide dominions.

RECOGNITION OF SATAN AT WORK
The Lord was always ready to meet the antagonist whom He had foiled in the wilderness, but who had only left Him “for a season” (Luke 4: 13). In Peter He quickly discerned Satan at work, and exposed him by one swift sentence, mentioning his name (Matt. 16: 23). In the Jews He stripped aside the mask of the hidden foe, and said, “Ye are of your father, the devil” (John 8: 44), and with keen-edged words spoke of him as the “murderer” and the “liar,” prompting them to kill Him, and lying to them about Himself and His Father in heaven (John 8: 40-41).

On the lake in a storm, fast asleep, and awakened suddenly, He is alert to meet the foe, and stands with calm majesty to “rebuke” the storm, which the prince of the power of the air had roused against Him (Mark 4: 38, 39).

In brief, we find the Lord, right on from the wilderness victory, unveiling the powers of darkness, as He went forward in steady aggressive mastery over them. Behind what appeared “natural,” He sometimes discerned a supernatural power which demands His rebuke. He “rebuked” the fever in Peter’s wife’s mother (Luke 4: 39), just as He “rebuked” the evil spirits in other, and more manifest forms, whilst in other instances He simply healed the sufferer by a word.

The difference between Satan’s attitude to the Lord, and that of the spirits of evil, should also be noted. Satan, the prince, tempts Him, seeks to hinder Him, prompts the Pharisees to oppose Him, hides behind a disciple to divert Him, and finally takes hold of a disciple to betray Him, and then sways the multitude to put Him to death; but the spirits of evil bowed down before Him, beseeching Him to “let them alone,” and not to command them to go into the abyss (Luke 8: 31).

The realm of this deceiver-prince is specifically mentioned by the Apostle Paul in his description of him as “prince of the power of the air” (Ephes. 2: 2), the aerial, or “heavenly places,” being the special sphere of the activity of Satan, and his hierarchy of powers. The name Beelzebub, the prince of the demons, meaning the “god of flies,” suggestively speaks of the aerial character of the powers of the air, as well as the word “darkness,” describing their character, and their doings. The Lord’s description of Satan’s working through “fowls of the air” strikingly corresponds to these other statements, together with John’s language about the “whole world lying in the evil one” (1 John 5: 19); the “air” being the place of the workings of these aerial spirits, the very atmosphere in which the whole human race moves, said to be “in the evil one.”

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EVIL SPIRITS IN THE GOSPEL RECORDS
The gospel record shows that wherever the Lord moved, the emissaries of Satan sprang into active manifestation in the bodies, and minds, of those they indwelt; and that the ministry of Christ and His apostles was directed actively against them, so that again and again the record reads, “He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out demons” (Mark 1: 39); He “cast out many demons, and He suffered not the demons to speak, because they knew Him” (Mark 1: 34); “Unclean spirits, whensoever they beheld Him, fell down before Him, and cried, saying, Thou art the Son of God” (Mark 3: 11). Then came the sending out of the twelve chosen disciples, when the spirits of evil again are taken into account, for “He gave them authority over unclean spirits” (Mark 6: 7). Later He appointed seventy other messengers, and as they went forward in their work, they, too, found the demons subject to them through His Name (Luke 10: 17).

Were Jerusalem, Capernaum, Galilee, and all Syria, then filled with people who were “insane” and “epileptic”? Or was the truth of evil spirit possession of people a common fact? In any case it is evident from the gospel records, that the Son of God dealt with the powers of darkness as the active, primary cause of the sin, and suffering of this world, and that the aggressive part of His, and His disciples’ ministry, was directed persistently against them.

We find, too, that the Lord clearly recognized the devil behind the opposition of the Pharisees (John 8: 44), and the “hour and power of darkness” (Luke 22: 53) behind His persecutors at Calvary. He said that His mission was to “proclaim liberty to the captives” (Luke 4: 18), and who the captor was He revealed on the eve of Calvary, when He said, “Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the prince of this world be cast out” (John 12: 31); and later on that this “prince” would once more come to Him, but would find nothing in Him as ground for his power (John 14: 30).

CHRIST ALWAYS DEALING WITH THE INVISIBLE ENEMIES
It is striking to find that the Lord did not attempt to convince the Pharisees of His claims as the Messiah, nor take the opportunity of winning the Jews, by yielding to their desires for an earthly king. His one work in this world was manifestly to conquer the Satanic prince of the world by the death of the Cross (Heb. 2: 14); to deliver his captives from his control, and to deal with the invisible hosts of the prince of darkness working at the back of mankind (See 1 John 3: 8).

On the one hand Jesus Christ dealt with the deceiver of the world, and bound the “strong man,” whilst on the other He taught the truth about God to the people, to destroy the lies which the prince of darkness had placed in their minds (2 Cor. 4: 4) about His Father and Himself.

The commission He gave to the twelve, and to the seventy, was exactly in line with His own. He sent them forth, and “gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to preach the gospel” (Matt. 10: 1); to “first bind the strong man” (Mark 3: 27), and then to take his goods; to deal with the invisible hosts of Satan first, and then “preach the gospel.”

They know that things were done to them by spirit beings, and that those things were evil; therefore they recognize that there are spirit beings who do evil, and know that the symptoms, effects and manifestations of demoniacal possession have active, personal agencies behind them. From experience they know that they are hindered by spirit beings, and therefore know that these things are done by evil spirits who are hinderers. Therefore, reasoning from experimental facts, as well as the testimony of Scripture, they know that these evil spirits are murderers, tempters, liars, accusers, counterfeiters, enemies, haters, and wicked beyond all the power of man to know.

The names of these evil spirits describe their characters, for they are called “foul,” “lying,” “unclean,” “evil,” and “deceiving” spirits, as they are wholly given up to every manner of wickedness, and deception, and lying works.

CHARACTESTICS OF EVIL SPIRITS
What the characteristics of these wicked spirits are, and how they are able to dwell in the bodies and minds of human beings, will be seen by a careful examination of the specific cases mentioned in the Gospels; as well as their power to interfere with, mislead, and deceive, even servants of God, from references to them in other portions of the Word of God.

Evil spirits are generally looked upon as “influences,” and not as intelligent beings, but their personality and entity, and difference in character as distinct intelligences, will be seen in the Lord’s direct commands to them (Mark 1: 25; 5: 8; 3: 11, 12; 9: 25); their power of speech (Mark 3: 11); their replies to Him, couched in intelligent language (Matt. 8: 29); their sensibilities of fear (Luke 8: 31); their definite expression of desire (Matt. 8: 31); their need of a dwelling place of rest (Matt. 12: 43); their intelligent power of decision (Matt. 12: 44); their power of agreement with other spirits; their degrees of wickedness (Matt. 12: 45); their power of rage (Matt. 8: 28); their strength (Mark 5: 4); their ability to possess a human being, either as one (Mark 1: 26) or in a thousand (Mark 5: 9); their use of a human being as their medium for “divining,” or foretelling the future (Acts 16: 16); or as a great miracle worker by their power (Acts 8: 11).

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THE RAGE AND WICKEDNESS OF EVIL SPIRITS
When evil spirits act in a rage, they act as a combination of the maddest and most wicked persons in existence, but all their evil is done with fullest intelligence, and purpose. They know what they do, they know it is evil, terribly evil, and they will to do it. They do it with rage, and with the full swing of malice, enmity and hatred. They act with fury and bestiality, like an enraged bull, as if they had no intelligence, and yet with fun intelligence they carry on their work, showing the wickedness of their wickedness. They act from an absolutely depraved nature, with diabolical fury, and with an undeviating perseverance. They act with determination, persistency, and with skilful methods, forcing themselves upon mankind, upon the Church, and still more upon the spiritual man.

MANIFESTATION OF EVIL SPIRITS THROUGH PERSONS
Their manifestations through the persons in whom they obtain footing, are varied in character, according to the degree and kind of ground they secure for possession. In one Biblical case the only manifestation of the evil spirit’s presence was dumbness (Matt. 9: 32); the spirit possibly locating in the vocal organs; in another, the person held by the spirit was “deaf and dumb” (Mark 9: 25), and the symptoms included foaming at the mouth, grinding the teeth–all connected with the head–but the hold of the spirit was of such long standing (v. 21) that he could throw his victim down, and convulse the whole body (Mark 9: 20-22).

In other cases we find merely an “unclean spirit” in a man in a “synagogue,” probably so hidden that none would know the man was thus possessed, until the spirit cried out with fear when he saw Christ, saying, “Art Thou come to destroy us?” (Mark 1: 24); or a “spirit of infirmity” (Luke 13: 11) in a woman of whom it might be said that she simply required “healing” of some disease, or that she was always tired, and only needed “rest,” as some would say in the language of the twentieth century.

Again, we find a very advanced case in the man with the “legion,” showing that the evil spirits’ possession reached such a climax, as to make the person appear insane; for his own personality was so mastered by the malignant spirits in possession, as to cause him to lose all sense of decency, and self-control in the presence of others (Luke 8: 27). The unity of purpose in the spirits of evil to carry out the will of their prince is especially shown in this case, as with one accord they besought to be allowed to enter the swine, and with one accord they rushed the whole herd into the sea.

DIFFERENT KINDS OF EVIL SPIRITS
From all this we learn that there is one Satan, one devil, one prince of the demons, directing all the opposition to Christ and His people; but myriads of wicked spirits called “demons,” lying spirits, deceiving spirits, foul spirits, unclean spirits, subjectively at work in men. Spiritists, to-day, are deceived, in so far as they really believe they are communicating with the spirits of the dead; for it is easy for spirits of evil to impersonate any of the dead, even the most devoted and saintly Christians. They have watched them (Acts 19: 15) all their lives, and can easily counterfeit their voices, or say anything about them, and their actions when on earth.

A “spirit of divination,” deceiving spirits can use “palmists,” and “fortune tellers,” to deceive; for in their work of watching human beings, they inspire the mediums to foretell, not what they know about the future–for God alone has this knowledge–but things which they themselves intend to do; and if they can get the person, to whom these things are told, to co-operate with them, by accepting, or believing, their “fore-telling,” they try eventually to bring them about; e.g., the medium says such and such a thing will happen, the person believes it, and by believing, opens himself, or herself, to the evil spirit, to bring that thing to pass; or else admits the spirit, or gives free opportunity to one already in possession, to bring about the thing foretold. They cannot always succeed, and this is the reason why there is so much uncertainty about the response through mediums, because many things may hinder the workings of the evil spirit beings, particularly the prayers of friends, or intercessors in the Christian Church.

These are some of the “deep things of Satan” (Rev. 2: 24) mentioned by the Lord in His message to Thyatira, manifestly referring to far more subtle workings among the Christians of that time, than all that the Apostles had seen in the cases recorded in the gospels. “The mystery of lawlessness doth already work,” wrote the Apostle Paul (2 Thess. 2: 7), showing that the deep laid schemes of deception through “doctrines” (1 Tim. 4: 1), foretold as reaching their full culmination in the last days, were already at work in the Church of God. Evil spirits are at work to-day, inside as well as outside the Church, and “spiritualism,” in its meaning of dealing with evil spirits, may be found inside the Church, and among the most spiritual believers, apart from its true name. Christian men think they are free from spiritism because they have never been to a seance, not knowing that evil spirits attack, and deceive every human being, and they do not confine their working to the Church, or the world, but wherever they can find conditions fulfilled to enable them to manifest their power.

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THE POWER OF EVIL SPIRITS OVER HUMAN BODIES
The control of the spirits over the bodies of those they possess is seen in the gospel cases. The man with the legion was not master over his own body or mind. The spirits would “seize him,” “drive him” (Luke 8: 29), compel him to cut himself with stones (Mark 5: 5), strengthen him to burst every fetter and chain (v. 4), “cry out” aloud (v. 5), and fiercely attack others (Matt. 8: 28). The boy with the dumb spirit would be dashed to the ground (Luke 9: 42), and convulsed; the spirit forced him to cry out, and tore him, so that the body became bruised and sore (v. 39). Teeth, tongue, vocal organs, ears, eyes, nerves, muscles and breath, are seen to be affected and interfered with, by evil spirits in possession. Weakness and strength are both produced by their working, and men (Mark 1: 23), women (Luke 8: 2), boys (Mark 9: 17), and girls (Mark 7: 25), are equally open to their power.

THE EXORCISM OF EVIL SPIRITS CONTRASTED WITH CHRIST’S POWER OF WORD
How striking to contrast all this with the calm authority of Christ, who needed no adjuration, or methods of exorcism, and no prolonged preparation of Himself prior to dealing with a spirit-possessed man. “He cast out the spirits by a word,” “With authority and power He commandeth, and they obey Him,” was the wondering testimony of the awe-struck people; and the testimony, too, of the seventy sent forth by Him to use the authority of His Name, as they found the spirits subject to them, even as they were to their Lord (Luke 10: 17-20).

“‘They’ obey Him,” said the people. “They”–the evil spirits whom the people knew to be real identities governed by Beelzebub, their prince (Matt. 12: 24- 27). The complete mastery of the Lord over the demons, compelled the leaders to find some way of explaining His authority over them, and so by that subtle influence of Satan–with which all who have had insight into his devices are familiar–they suddenly charge the Lord with having Satanic power Himself, by saying “He casteth out demons through Beelzebub, the prince of the demons,” suggesting that Christ’s authority over evil spirits was derived from their chief and prince.

The reference to the kingdom of Satan, and his kingship was left uncontradicted by the Lord, who simply declared the truth in the face of Satan’s lie, that He cast out demons “by the finger of God,” and that Satan’s kingdom would soon fall were he to act against himself, and dislodge his emissaries from their place of retreat in human bodies, where alone they can achieve their greatest power, and do the greatest harm among men. That Satan does apparently fight against himself is true, but when he does so, it is with the purpose of covering some scheme for greater advantage to his kingdom.

THE AUTHORITY OVER EVIL SPIRITS BY THE APOSTLES AFTER PENTECOST
That the Apostles after Pentecost recognized and dealt with the denizens of the invisible world, is evident from the records of the Acts of the Apostles, and other references in the Epistles. The disciples were prepared for Pentecost, and the opening of the supernatural world through the coming of the Holy Spirit, by their three years’ training by the Lord. They had watched Him deal with the wicked spirits of Satan, and had themselves learned to deal with them, too, so that the power of the Holy Spirit could safely be given at Pentecost to men who already knew the workings of the foe. We see how quickly Peter recognized Satan’s work in Ananias (Acts 5: 3), and how “unclean spirits” came out at his presence, as they did with his Lord (Acts 5: 16). Philip, too, found the evil hosts subservient (Acts 8: 7) to the word of his testimony, as he proclaimed Christ to the people, and Paul knew, also, the power of the Name of the Risen Lord (Acts 19: 11) in dealing with the powers of evil.

It is therefore clear in Bible history that the manifestation of the power of God invariably meant aggressive dealing with the Satanic hosts; that the manifestation of the power of God at Pentecost, and through the Apostles, meant again an aggressive attitude to the powers of darkness; and, therefore, that the growth and maturity of the Church of Christ at the end of the dispensation, will mean the same recognition, and the same attitude toward the Satanic hosts of the prince of the power of the air; with the same co-witness of the Holy Spirit to the authority of the Name of Jesus, as in the early Church. In brief, that the Church of Christ will reach its high water mark, when it is able to recognize and deal with demon-possession; when it knows how to “bind the strong man” by prayer; “command” the spirits of evil in the Name of Christ, and deliver men and women from their power.

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BELIEVERS MUST RECOGNIZE THE POWERS OF DARKNESS
For this the Christian Church must recognize that the existence of deceiving, lying spirits, is as real in the twentieth century as in the time of Christ, and their attitude to the human race unchanged. That their only ceaseless aim is to deceive every human being. That they are given up to wickedness all day long, and night long, and that they are ceaselessly, and actively pouring a stream of wickedness into the world, and are satisfied only when they succeed in their wicked plans to deceive, and ruin men.

Yet the servants of God have been concerned only to destroy their works; and to deal with sin; not recognizing the need of using the power given by Christ, to resist by faith and prayer, and prayer and faith, this ever- flowing flood of Satanic power pouring in among men; so that men and women, young and old, and even Christian and non-Christian, become deceived and possessed through their guile, and because of ignorance about them, and their wiles.

These supernatural forces of Satan are the true hindrance to revival. The power of God which breaks out in different occasions, with all the marks of the days of Pentecost, are checked and hindered from going on to its fullest purpose, by the same influx of evil spirits as met the Lord Christ on earth, and the Apostles of the early Church; with the difference that the inroad of the powers of darkness found the Christians of the twentieth century, with few exceptions, unable to recognize, and deal with them. Evil spirit possession has followed, and checked every single revival throughout the centuries since Pentecost, and these things must now be understood, and dealt with, if the Church is to advance to maturity. Understood, not only in the degree of possession recorded in the gospels, but in the special forms of manifestations suited to the close of the dispensation, under the guise of the Holy Spirit, yet having some of the very characteristic marks in bodily symptoms, seen in the gospel records, when all who saw the manifestation knew that it was the work of the spirits of Satan.

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DECEPTION BY EVIL SPIRITS IN MODERN TIMES
In the special onslaught of the deceiver, which will come upon the whole of the true Church of Christ at the close of the age, through the army of deceiving spirits, there are some more than others who are specially attacked by the powers of darkness, who need light upon his deceptive workings, so that they may pass through the trial of the Last Hour, and be counted worthy to escape that hour of greater trial, which is coming upon the earth (Luke 21: 34-36; Rev. 3: 10).

For among those who are members of the Body of Christ, there are degrees of growth, and therefore degrees of testing, permitted by God, Who provides a way of escape for him who knows his need, and, by watching unto prayer, takes heed lest he fall (1 Cor. 10: 12, 13). He is the Sovereign Lord of the Universe and has set a limit for Satan with every redeemed believer (see Job 1: 12; 2: 6; Luke 22: 31). Some of the members of Christ are yet in the stage of babyhood, and others do not even know the initial reception of the Holy Spirit. To such this article has not much to say, as they are among the weaker ones who need the “milk of the Word.”

But there are others, who may be described as the advance guard of the Church of Christ, who have been baptized with the Holy Ghost, or who are seeking that Baptism; honest and earnest believers, who sigh and cry over the powerlessness of the true Church of Christ, and who grieve that her witness is so ineffective; that Spiritism, Christian Science and New Age, and other “isms,” are sweeping thousands into their deceptive errors, little thinking, that, as they themselves go forward into the spiritual realm, the deceiver, who has misled others, has special wiles prepared for them, so that he might render ineffective their aggressive power against him. These are the ones who are in danger of the special deception of the counterfeit “Christs,” and false prophets, and the dazzling lure of “signs and wonders,” and “fire out of heaven,” planned to meet their longing for the mighty interposition of God in the darkness settling upon the earth, but who do not recognize that such workings of the spirits of evil are possible, and so are unprepared to meet them.

These are the ones, also, who are recklessly ready to follow the Lord at any cost, and yet do not realize their unpreparedness for contest with the spiritual powers of the unseen world, as they press on into fuller spiritual things. Believers who are full of mental conceptions wrought into them in earlier years, which hinder the Spirit of God from preparing them for all they will meet as they press on to their coveted goal; conceptions which also hinder others from giving them, out of the Scriptures, much that they need to know of the spiritual world into which they are so blindly advancing. Conceptions which lull them into a false security, and give ground for, and even bring about, that very deception which enables the deceiver to find them an easy prey.

CAN “HONEST SOULS” BE DECEIVED?
One prevailing idea, which such believers have deeply embedded in their minds, is that “honest seekers after God” will not be allowed to be deceived. That this is one of Satan’s lies, to lure such seekers into a false position of safety, is proved by the history of the Church during the past two thousand years, for every “wile of error” which has borne sad fruit throughout this period, first laid hold of devoted believers who were “honest souls.” The errors among groups of such believers, some well known to the present generation, all began among “honest” children of God, baptized with the Holy Ghost; and all so sure that, knowing the side-tracking of others before them, they would never be caught by the wiles of Satan. Yet they, too, have been deceived by lying spirits, counterfeiting the workings of God in the higher ranges of the spiritual life.

Among such devoted believers, lying spirits have worked on their determination literally to obey the Scriptures, and by misuse of the letter of the written Word, have pushed them into phases of unbalanced truth, with resulting erroneous practices. Many who have suffered for their adherence to these “Biblical commands,” firmly believe that they are martyrs suffering for Christ. The world calls these devoted ones “cranks,” and “fanatics,” yet they give evidence of highest devotion and love to the Person of the Lord, and could be delivered, if they but understood why the powers of darkness deceived them, and the way of freedom from their power.

The aftermath of many Revivals, which was a true work of God, revealed numbers of “honest souls” swept off their feet by evil supernatural powers, which they were not able to discern from the true working of God. And there have been other “movements,” with large numbers of earnest servants of God swept into deception, through the wiles of deceiving spirits counterfeiting the workings of God; all “honest souls,” deceived by the subtle foe, and certain to be led on into still deeper deception, notwithstanding their honesty and earnestness, if they are not awakened to “return to soberness” and recovery out of the snare of the devil into which they have fallen (2 Tim. 2: 26).

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FAITHFULNESS TO LIGHT NOT SUFFICIENT SAFEGUARD AGAINST DECEPTION
The children of God need to know that to be true in motive, and faithful up to light, is not sufficient safeguard against deception; and that it is not safe for them to rely upon their “honesty of purpose” as guaranteeing protection from the enemy’s wiles, instead of taking heed to the warnings of God’s Word, and watching unto prayer. If not they can be deceived by Satan, and his deceiving spirits, for the following reasons:–

(a) When a man becomes a child of God, by the regenerating power of the Spirit, giving him new life as he trusts in the atoning work of Christ, he does not at the same time receive fullness of knowledge, either of God, himself, or the devil.

(b) The mind which by nature is darkened (Eph. 4: 18), and under a veil created by Satan (2 Cor. 4: 4) is only renewed, and the veil destroyed, up to the extent that the light of truth penetrates it, and according to the measure in which the man is able to apprehend it.

(c) “Deception” has to do with the mind, and it means a wrong thought admitted to the mind, under the deception that it is truth. Since “deception” is based on ignorance, and not on the moral character; a Christian who is “true” and “faithful” up to the knowledge he has, must be open to deception in the sphere where he is ignorant of the “devices” of the devil (2 Cor. 2: 11), and what he is able to do. A “true” and “faithful” Christian is liable to be “deceived” by the devil because of his ignorance.

(d) The thought that God will protect a believer from being deceived if he is true and faithful, is in itself a “deception,” because it throws a man off guard, and ignores the fact that there are conditions on the part of the believer which have to be fulfilled for God’s working. God does not do anything instead of a man, but by the man’s co-operation with Him; neither does He undertake to make up for a man’s ignorance, when He has provided knowledge for him which will prevent him being deceived.

(e) Christ would not have warned His disciples “Take heed… be not deceived” if there had been no danger of deception, or if God had undertaken to keep them from deception apart from their “taking heed,” and their knowledge of such danger.

The knowledge that it is possible to be deceived, keeps the mind open to truth, and light from God; and is one of the primary conditions for the keeping power of God; whereas a closed mind to light and truth, is a certain guarantee of deception by Satan at his earliest opportunity.

MISTAKEN CONCEPTIONS CONCERNING “WAITING FOR THE SPIRIT”
The Scriptural truth concerning waiting for the Spirit” may be summed up as follows: The disciples waited ten days, in simple prayer, and supplication, until the fullness of time had come for the fulfillment of the promise of the Father. The command to wait, given by the Lord (Acts 1: 4) was not carried forward into the Christian dispensation after the Holy Ghost had come, for in no single instance, either in the Acts or in the Epistles, do the Apostles bid the disciples “tarry” for the gift of the Holy Spirit, but they use the word “receive” in every instance (Acts 19: 2).

But we find expressions and theories misleading, and opening the door to Satanic deceptions. “If we want a Pentecostal manifestation of the Spirit, we must ‘tarry’ as did the disciples before Pentecost” (Luke 24: 49, and Acts 1: 4). We have had to search the Scriptures once more, to discover that the Old Testament word of “wait on the Lord” so often used in the Psalms, has been strained beyond the New Testament proportion of truth, and exaggerated into a “waiting on God” for the outpouring of the Spirit, which has even gone beyond the “ten days” which preceded Pentecost, into four months, and even four years, and which, has ended in an influx of deceiving spirits which has rudely awakened some of the waiting souls.

The Risen Lord poured forth the Spirit again and again after the day of Pentecost, but in each instance it was without “tarrying” as the disciples did at the first (Acts. 4: 31). The Holy Spirit, Who proceeds from the Father through the Son to His people, is now among them, waiting to give Himself unceasingly to all who will appropriate, and receive Him (John 15: 26 ; Acts 2: 33, 38, 39). So “waiting for the Spirit” therefore is not in accord with the general tenor of the truth given in the Acts and the Epistles, which show rather the imperative call to the believer to put in his claim, not only to his identification with the Lord Jesus in His death, and union in life with Him in His resurrection, but also to the enduement for witnessing, which came to the disciples on the Day of Pentecost.

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WHY WAITING MEETINGS ARE PROFITABLE TO EVIL SPIRITS
Why “waiting meetings”–that is, “waiting for the Spirit” until He descends in some manifested way–have been so profitable to deceiving spirits, is because they are not in accord with the written Word, where it is set forth that (1) The Holy Spirit is not to be prayed to, or asked to come, as He is the Gift of Another (Luke 11: 13; John 14: 16). (2) The Holy Spirit is not to be “waited for”, but to be taken, or received from the hand of the Risen Lord (John 20: 22; Eph. 5: 18); of whom it is written, “He shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire” (Matt. 3: 11). Hence waiting meetings are out of line with the truth of the Scriptures, therefore prayer to the Spirit, “trust in the Spirit,” “obeying the Spirit,” “expecting the Spirit” to descend, may all become prayer, trust, and obedience to evil spirits, as they counterfeit the working of God.

THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY GHOST
As we glance back over the history of the Church, and watch the rise of various “heresies” or delusions, we can trace the period of deception as beginning with some great spiritual crisis, such as that which, in later years, we have termed “the Baptism of the Holy Ghost”; a crisis in which the man is brought to give himself up, in full abandonment to the Holy Spirit, and in so doing thus opens himself to the supernatural powers of the invisible world.

The reason for the peril of this crisis, is, that up to this time, the believer used his reasoning faculties in judging right and wrong, and obeyed, what he believed to be the will of God from principle; but now, in his abandonment to the Holy Spirit, he begins to obey an unseen Person, and to submit his faculties, and his reasoning powers in blind obedience to that which he believes is of God. It is a crisis in the life of a Christian, which none but those who have gone through it in experience can fully under stand. It means that the Spirit of God becomes so real to the man, that his supreme object in life is henceforth implicit “obedience to the Holy Ghost.”

The will is surrendered to carry out the Will of God at all costs, and the whole being is made subject to the powers of the unseen world; the believer, of course, purposing that it shall only be to the power of God, not taking into account that there are other powers in the spiritual realm, and that all that is “supernatural” is not all of God; and not realizing that this absolute surrender of the whole being to invisible forces, without knowing how to discern between the contrary powers of God and Satan, must be of the gravest risk to the believer.

The Baptism of the Spirit, however, so brings the Holy Spirit as a Person into the range of the believer’s consciousness, that for the time being, the other Persons of the Trinity, in heaven, may be eclipsed. The Holy Spirit becomes the centre and object of thought and worship, and is given a place which He Himself does not desire, and which it is not the purpose of the Father in heaven, that He should have, or occupy.

The question whether this surrender to “obey the Spirit, ” is one that is in accord with Scripture, should be examined in view of the way in which so many wholehearted believers have been misled, for it is strange that an attitude which is Scriptural should be so grievously the cause of danger, and often complete wreckage, to many devoted children of God.

IS THE PHRASE OBEYING “THE SPIRIT” SCRIPTURAL?
“The Holy Ghost, Whom God hath given to them that obey Him,” is the principal phrase giving rise to the expression, “obey the Spirit.” It was used by Peter before the Council at Jerusalem, but nowhere else in the Scriptures is the same thought given. The whole passage needs reading carefully to reach a clear conclusion. “We must obey God” (Acts 5: 29), Peter said to the Sanhedrin, for “we are witnesses… and so is the Holy Ghost Whom God hath given to them that obey Him” (v. 32). Does the Apostle mean “obey the Spirit,” or “obey God,” according to the first words of the passage?

The distinction is important, and the setting of the words can only be rightly understood by the teaching of other parts of Scripture, that the Triune God in Heaven is to be obeyed, through the power of the indwelling Spirit of God. For to place the Holy Ghost as the object of obedience, rather than God the Father, through the Son, by the Holy Spirit, creates the danger of leading the believer to rely upon, or obey, a “Spirit” in, or around him, rather than God on the throne in heaven, Who is to be obeyed by the child of God united to His Son; the Holy Spirit being the media, or means, through Whom God is worshipped, and obeyed.

THE TRUE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN THE BELIEVER
“He shall not speak from Himself” (John 16: 13), said the Lord before Calvary, as He told of His coming at Pentecost. He should act as Teacher (John 14: 26), but teaching the words of Another, not His own; He should bear witness to Another, not to Himself (John 15: 26); He should glorify Another, not Himself (John 16: 14); He should only speak what was given Him to speak by Another (John 16: 13); in brief, His entire work would be to lead souls into union with the Son, and knowledge of the Father in heaven whilst He Himself directed, and worked in the background.

But the opening of the spiritual world, which takes place through the filling of the Spirit; and the work of the Spirit, which now occupies the attention of the believer, is just the opportunity for the arch-deceiver to commence his wiles under a new form. If the man is untaught in the Scriptural statements of the work of the Triune God, to “obey the Spirit” is now his supreme purpose; and to counterfeit the guidance of the Spirit, and the Spirit Himself, is now the deceiver’s scheme; for he must somehow regain power over this servant of God, so as to render him useless for aggressive warfare against the forces of darkness, drive him back into the world, or in some way side-track him from active service for God.

 

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At the age of 14, Mrs Lena Ofosu was brought by her mother to a witchdoctor in Ghana.

Little did she know that this witchdoctor was about to reveal to her mother that she had been chosen before birth to be the ‘wife’ of a demonic spirit from under the water and thus would have to undergo training to know how to perform ritual sacrifices to enable this ‘spiritual husband’ to meet and interact with her both in the spiritual and physical worlds.

The Underwater Kingdom of Satan

Revelation 13:1-2 “And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority.”

Demons who reside beneath the waters are called “Aquarius spirits” or “Marine spirits”. These Demons are contacted only through witchcraft as to receive supernatural powers.

Their Marine kingdom (WHICH IS SPIRITUAL) is established under the ocean and the Headquarters of Marine kingdom of Satan is said to be located beneath India’s Sea. The “Queen of India sea” is the head of Marine kingdom, while the “Queen of the Coast” is next in command and resides within the Atlantic Ocean. It is said that both are also among the fallen angels.

The Marine kingdom of Satan is a highly organized and strategized place where high technological equipments are used by high ranking Satanists who are psychiatrists and scientists, who work in labs tirelessly to design beautiful but seductive things. The things that are designed in that spirit world are said to be latest weapons, perfumes, assorted types of cosmetics, flashy cars, different designs of electronics, etc.

Many perfumes to lure men and women, underwear and sexy clothing to seduce and distract men are also made there. These things are used on earth to supply people who have signed a contract with Satan — sale and prosperity for a soul in return. These things are also given to most of the workers of the Occult for the sole purpose to distract people from Jesus Christ.

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Connecting the dots…. [Doctrines Of Demons] And Satanic Utopia

The “New Age” of Aquarius is an Astrology doctrine of the 1980s, proclaiming the human race is at the verge of a “gigantic quantum leap”, to realize that every human is God… and when that happens, it will be the “New Age”, a glorious time with only one nation on earth, one language, one government, one religion, one monetary system… with only love on earth, the “golden age”!, without hate, violence, wars, crime, racism, and without sickness nor death!…

This “utopia” is the greatest menace to Christianity, more than any other cult… New age has been cataloged as the AIDS of all heresies. The Essential Belief: The old saying, “God is Dead”, is gone; the new theme is “everyone is God… Everyone!.

This is the essential belief: All is one, one is God, you are one… that’s right, you are God!…[Demonic!]

You are God!, even if you don’t know how to make birds, nor stars, nor the eyes of an insect, nor even a simple leave of a tree… But you are God!… you shape your own destiny, you are capable of overcoming all problems; it is the ultimate philosophy of the “Me Generation”… since the God in you makes all decisions, then whatever you decide is right!… there is not objective truth.

The New Age rage is intended to become a “new world order” in which all becomes one: No national boundaries, just one world community in government, religion, economy… all is yours!… and you belong to all!… the world is passing from an old age of materialism into a time of new spirituality…

Romans 10:3-4 (KJV) “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”

Satan’s kingdom is divided into three main strongholds. The stronghold of the heavens: the stronghold of the earth and the stronghold of the sea or waters.

Of these three the least understood by man, especially Christians, is the stronghold of the sea. Let us look at the first two briefly before we examine this largely unknown stronghold.

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Stronghold of the Heavens
Satan dwells in what is called the second heavens. The bible talks about the Queen of heaven.

Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, saying; Ye and your wives have both spoken with your mouths, and fulfilled with your hand, saying, We will surely perform our vows that we have vowed, to burn incense to the queen of heaven, and to pour out drink offerings unto her: ye will surely accomplish your vows, and surely perform your vows. (Jeremiah 44:25)

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They worship of the Host of Heaven:

And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; (Deuteronomy 17:3)

While also, Satan is referred to as the Prince of the air.

Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: (Ephesians 2:2)

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Stronghold of the Earth:
So many evil altars are spread all over the earth including Satanic temples. In the bible such spirits were referred to as earth ruling spirits. They are referred to as Baal which literally means Lord or master.

(There are various gods that went by this title. These include Baal-berith-worshipped at Shechem after the death of Gideon, Baal-gad- meaning Lord of good luck worshipped in Gad in Palestine and Baal-peor – worshipped by the Moabites to mention a few. There is also Baal-zebub the Lord of the flies worshipped in Ekron and referred to in the New Testament as Beelzebub.

Being a mere title of “Lord” or “Master” Baal was initially also used by the Israelites to refer to God. It was when the preponderance of its usage as a title for all of these false gods came to be that the Lord himself told the Israelites to no longer refer to him as Baal. This is later reflected in the book of Hosea:

And it shall be at that day, saith the LORD, that thou shalt call me Ishi; and shalt call me no more Baali. For I will take away the names of Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. (Hosea 2:16-17)

This equally led to the suffix Baal being dropped by the Israelites in their names. Thus Jerubbaal became Jerubbesheth and Merib-baal became Mephibosheth to mention a few. )

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Stronghold of the Sea
Unfortunately however a lot of Christians find it difficult to understand how the sea is a spiritual stronghold. The truth however is that the sea, water, rivers and their powers will always play a major role in a person life and your ability to exercise dominion over them will determine how far you go in the ministry.

You cannot be a very successful minister of God or spiritual warrior without understanding and exercising dominion over water powers.

You cannot ignore water powers; you must encounter them at one point in life.

The influence of water powers in the world today cannot be ignored. Many names that relate to the daily affairs of men are derived from the sea. Below are a few examples:

Nigeria -derived from river Niger.
Cameroun- literally means land of shrimps
Jamaica-means wood and water or marshy land
Cyprus, -name of a sea god.
Madrid- derived from the name of a major sea (now a dried river bed) in Spain.

There are certain spirits/ powers that dwell in the sea.

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Let’s establish a few facts from the bible that emphasizes the importance of the need to master these powers:

If you cannot exercise dominion over the waters, you can not be set free from bondage.
The children of Israel had to pass through the Red Sea before they could experience deliverance from the land of Egypt. Thus they had to exercise dominion over the marine Kingdom.

If you cannot exercise dominion over the water powers you cannot walk into you breakthrough.
The children of Israel had to walk through the River Jordan before they enter the Promised Land.

And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan, that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, (Joshua 4:1)

A more concealed case of having to overcome the marine Kingdom before entering into ones breakthrough is seen in the life of Joseph. Water spirits are responsible for sexual immorality. When Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife he was actually being confronted by the Marine powers. If he had succumbed his ministry and calling would have drowned in the waters of life. But he was able to avoid the pitfall. He was able to walk through the waters.

Before you can attain your glory and anointing you have exercise dominion over the waters.

Elijah had to part the River Jordan to reach the point where the chariot of fire appeared to take him to heaven.
Elisha also had to cross the river Jordan with Elijah to get to the point where he could request for the double portion of anointing.

To exercise your anointing you have to exercise dominion over the waters.
When Elijah left, Elisha had to exercise powers over the waters by dividing and crossing river Jordan to go to where he would commence his ministry.

After overpowering the marine Kingdom to commence your ministry or wilderness experience you will still encounter the marine kingdom powers along the way.

After coming out of the Red sea the children of Israel still had to encounter the marine kingdom in the form of the waters of Marah :

And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
(Exodus 15:23-25)

Again, during the wilderness experience they had to see water gushing from the rock.

Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
(Exodus 17:6)

At the beginning of Jesus ministry the Lord stood the test of exercising power over the water powers by converting water into wine:

So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum.
(John 4:46)

As Elisha crossed the Jordan to begin his ministry the first challenge he faced was from the marine kingdom:

And the men of the city said unto Elisha, Behold, I pray thee, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord seeth: but the water is naught, and the ground barren. And he said, Bring me a new cruse, and put salt therein. And they brought it to him. And he went forth unto the spring of the waters, and cast the salt in there, and said, Thus saith the LORD, I have healed these waters; there shall not be from thence any more death or barren land.
(2 Kings 2:19-21)

Water powers will challenge and seek to sink a person’s ministry. You need to exercise dominion over such powers to silence them.
The bible explains how such powers sought to sink the boat that Jesus was in:

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. (Mar 4:37)
And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.(Mar 4:41) And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? (Mark 4:39)

It is obvious here that if Jesus did not know how to exercise dominion over the powers in the water his ministry would have came to an abrupt end. The storm, initiated by the sea, was designed to destroy the ship. The ship represents the vehicle of Jesus ministry. If the storm succeeded it would have destroyed both Jesus and all his disciples in the boat! So if you attend a ministry where they do not exercise dominion over water powers and you personally do not have such dominion when the storm of life attacks the ministry both the leader and the followers will be affected!

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Waters powers hinder growth and steal a person’s source of livelihood

And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.(2) Let us go, we pray thee, unto Jordan, and take thence every man a beam, and let us make us a place there, where we may dwell. And he answered, Go ye.(3) And one said, Be content, I pray thee, and go with thy servants. And he answered, I will go.4) So he went with them. And when they came to Jordan, they cut down wood.5) But as one was felling a beam, the axe head fell into the water: and he cried, and said, Alas, master! for it was borrowed.6) And the man of God said, Where fell it? And he shewed him the place. And he cut down a stick, and cast it in thither; and the iron did swim.7) Therefore said he, Take it up to thee. And he put out his hand, and took it. (2Ki 6:1-7)

If you are successful financially and you marry or employ someone from the marine kingdom the spirits associated with such a person will ruin the business by introducing the spirit of the waster into your life.

At one point or the other in life every person must contact water spirits.
As said in the article on Deliverance from the Marine Kingdom, Spirit Husband and Spirit Wife” numerous problems in life originate from these marine kingdom spirits such as all forms of sexual immorality, ( lust fornication, perverseness etc) financial disaster etc)

In Revelations we are made to understand that certain powers dwell and will rise up from within the sea:

And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. .(Rev 13:3)

When you cannot exercise control over the powers in the water you will be afraid to step out of your boat (going beyond your comfort zone or area of influence.)

And he saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night he cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them.49) But when they saw him walking upon the sea, they supposed it had been a spirit, and cried out.50) For they all saw him, and were troubled. And immediately he talked with them, and saith unto them, Be of good cheer: it is I; be not afraid. Mar 6:51) And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. (Mar 6:48-51)

This is why on many occasions when we read about the waters in the bible what is actually being referred to are the powers that reside within these waters:

In the book of Psalms King David makes a startling statement:

He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters. (Psalm 18:16)

Likewise elsewhere we read:

Deliver me out of the mire, and let me not sink: let me be delivered from them that hate me, and out of the deep waters.15) Let not the water flood overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me. (Psalm 69:14-15)

In such verses what is the Psalmist referring to? As stated earlier all the spirits responsible for sexual immorality are from the waters. (Please read message on Deliverance from the marine Kingdom: spirit husbands and spirit wives.) The bible makes it clear that King David had affairs with many women. By saying that the Lord drew him out of many waters he was not referring to being drowned by waters physically. He was referring to the numerous water related spirits that he had to deal with as a result of the women all around him.

It is the same light he spoke in Psalm 69 where he states that he should be delivered from out of the deep waters and that the Lord should not allow the water flood overflow him. In other words the Lord should save him from all forms of destruction via involvement with these water spirits in such women. Solomon unfortunately, could not say the same.

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That there are numerous spirits within the waters is evident in the book of Mark. Here we are told how certain spirits rushed to dwell in the waters:

And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.
(Mark 5:1-13)

From the above we can see that the wealth and industries of certain people are so tied to the sea that they do not want to be delivered. These people asked Jesus to depart from their coasts!

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Aphrodisiac and Sea Food
There is certain food that is refereed to as Aphrodiasic. Aphrodite is the Greek god of Sex. (This spirit is otherwise known as eros) When people eat Aphrodisiac food this spirit enters there lives. Most food that comes from under the sea is Aphrodisiac.

There are spirits in the sea called Nymphs. These spirits accompany aphrodisiac food – These are thee same spirits that enter into the lives of people through all forms of sexual pervasiveness and make them have uncontrollable sexual desires. This is why such people are referred to as Nymphomaniacs.

May the anointing to deal with the marine kingdom fall upon your life in the name of Jesus!

Prayer Points

Oh lord, empower me to deal with water powers in the name of Jesus.
Powers under the sea, withholding my glory die and release me in the name of Jesus.
I slay every dragon under the sea withholding my glory
You spirit of the octopus in my life come out and die in the name of Jesus
Every power of the water holding me in bondage break and release me now in the name of Jesus.
My anointing being withheld by Marine powers I take you back now in the name of Jesus.

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SPIRITUAL BATTLE

There is a great war being waged in the world today. It is not a conflict between nations, tribes, or government leaders. It is not a rebellion or coup. It is an important invisible battle taking place in the spirit world. Military terminology is used throughout the New Testament. The early Church knew they were engaged in an intense spiritual struggle. Protection was seen in the armor of God. The Word of God was compared to a sword. Satan’s attacks were called fiery darts. Faith was the “good fight” and believers were told to “war a good warfare”.

The same spiritual battle continues even today, but instead of fighting the enemy the present day believers are often building great church buildings, producing musical dramas, holding fellowship meetings, and fighting one another while this great spiritual battle wages around them. Satan has even intensified his attacks against a church that has withdrawn from the front lines of battle. The Bible states that God’s people are destroyed because of lack of knowledge (Hosea 4:6). One of the main areas in which believers are being defeated is due to lack of knowledge about the spiritual battle and in spiritual warfare.

As the end of time approaches it is even more important for believers to understand spiritual warfare than in the early days of church history. The Apostle Paul warned, …this know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come (II Tim 3:1). In order to be properly prepared for these perilous times, renewed emphasis must be placed on the strategies of spiritual warfare. The Christian life is war. The sooner we recognize and prepare for it, the sooner we will experience victory.

When a nation declares war, they often issue Articles of War. This document explains why they are at war, identifies the enemy, and declares the objectives of the war. The Bible is the written Word of the one true God, the Commander of our spiritual army. The exposing of the enemy and his strategies is one of the greatest revelations of God’s Word. Even greater is the revelation that as believers we have power over all the powers of the enemy. As in natural warfare, skill in spiritual warfare is progressive as we enter the combat zone and begin to fight.

THE INVISIBLE WAR
The invisible spiritual war is a battle which involves all men and women. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Eph 6:12). It is not a visible war is because spirits are involved and we learn in Luke 24:39, that spirit does not have flesh and bones.

Every person alive is engaged in this battle, whether he realizes it or not. There is no neutral ground. Unbelievers are in bondage to evil and have been taken captive by enemy forces. Though believers have been freed from the enemy through Jesus Christ, they are still engaged in the war for two reasons. All believers wrestle against evil spiritual forces because of his relentless counterattacks as well as to free others from the bondage. “Wrestling” involves close personal contact. No one is exempt from this battle. No one can view it from a distance. The Christian warfare never ceases.

Spiritual warfare is “multidimensional,” which means it is fought in different dimensions. It is a social battle between the believer and the world (John 15:18-27). A personal battle between the flesh and the spirit (Gal 5:16-26). A supernatural battle between believers and evil spiritual powers (Eph 6:10-27). This invisible war is being waged on earth. Satan fights to maintain control of the kingdoms of the world. He does not want them to come under God’s authority. Satan blinds the spiritual eyes of the unbelievers and attacks believers in the areas of worship, the Word, their daily walk, and their work for God.

THE NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL REALMS
To understand this invisible war, we must first understand the natural and spiritual worlds. Man exists in two worlds, the natural world and the spiritual world. The natural world is that which can be seen, felt, touched, heard or tasted. It is tangible and visible. The country, nation, city, or village in which we live is part of the natural world. We are a resident in a natural kingdom located on one of the visible continents of the world. We can see the people who are part of our environment. We can communicate with them. We can experience the sights, sounds, and smells around us. But there is another world in which we live. That world is a spiritual world. We cannot see it with our physical eyes, but it is just as real as the natural world in which we live.

Paul speaks of this division of natural and spiritual world. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body (I Cor 15:40). All men have a natural body which lives in the natural world, but man is also a spiritual being with an eternal soul and spirit. Man is body, soul, and spirit. Our spiritual being (soul and spirit) is part of a spiritual world just as our natural body is part of the natural world.The thief (Satan) cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (this spiritual body); I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10), both in this world as well as in Heaven.

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SPIRITUAL DISCERNMENT
In our natural, sinful state, we can not understand spiritual things. I Cor 2:14, But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of GOD, for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.It is necessary to use “spiritual discernment” to understand spiritual things. Perhaps one of the best examples of natural and spiritual discernment is recorded in II Kings chapter 6. It records the story of a natural battle in which troops of the enemy nation of Syria had surrounded a small town called Dothan where the prophet Elisha was staying. When Elisha’s servant, Gehazi, saw the great host of the enemy he became fearful. Elisha prayed that GOD would open Gehazi’s spiritual eyes so he could see the angelic hosts surrounding and protecting them. GOD opened the spiritual eyes of Gehazi and allowed him to see the superior forces of GOD aligned for battle.

The story of this battle at Dothan is similar to present spiritual conditions in the Church. There are some, like Elisha, who see clearly into the realm of the spirit. They know there is a conflict occurring, have identified the enemy, and recognize the greater forces of GOD that assure victory. There are others like Gehazi, who with a little encouragement, will be able to open their spiritual eyes and no longer be fearful of and defeated by the enemy. But sadly, there are many people who, like those in the city of Dothan, are spiritually sleeping. They do not even know that the enemy has surrounded them and is poised for attack.

NATURAL KINGDOMS
Within the natural and spiritual realms of which we are speaking there exists separate kingdoms which are ruled by natural and spiritual leaders. All men live in a natural kingdom of this world. They live in a city or a village which is part of a nation. That nation is a kingdom of the world. A natural kingdom is a territory or people over which an actual king or political leader is the sovereign ruler. The Bible speaks of these natural kingdoms as “kingdoms of the world”. The kingdoms of the world have come under the power and influence of Satan. In Matt 4:8-9, the Devil taketh Jesus up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth Him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto Him, All these things will I give thee, if you wilt fall down and worship me. 1 John 5:19 also reminds us that “the whole world is under the control of the evil one.”

TWO SPIRITUAL KINGDOMS
In addition to the natural kingdoms of this world there are two spiritual kingdoms. The Kingdom of Satan and the Kingdom of GOD. Every person alive is a resident of one of these two kingdoms. The Kingdom of Satan consists of Satan, spiritual beings called demons, and all men who live in sin and rebellion to GOD’s Word. These, plus the world and the flesh, are the spiritual forces of evil at work in the world today. The Kingdom of GOD consists of GOD the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, spiritual beings called angels, and all men who live in righteous obedience to GOD’s Word. These are the spiritual forces of good.

The Kingdom of GOD is not a denominational church. Denominations are man-made organizations of groups of churches. Denominations are major church organizations like Baptist, Assembly of God, Methodist, Lutheran, etc. The Bible speaks of the true Church which is not a denomination or religious organization. The true Church is composed of all those who have become residents of the Kingdom of GOD.

At the present time in the natural world, the Kingdom of GOD exists individually within every man, woman, boy or girl who has made Jesus King of their lives. It exists communally in the true church and wherever people make this world the kind of world GOD wants it to be. In the future, there will be an actual visible manifestation of GOD’s Kingdom.

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HOW THE BATTLE STARTED
The invisible war started in Heaven with an angel named Lucifer who was originally a beautiful angel created by GOD and was part of the Kingdom of GOD wanted to take over GOD’s Kingdom. We can read about his rebellion in Isaiah 14:12-17 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. A group of angels joined Lucifer (now called Satan) in this rebellion. And there was war in Heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon (Satan); and the dragon fought and his angels (Rev 12:7).And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world. He was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him (Rev 12:9).Lucifer became known as Satan and the angels who followed him in rebellion as demons. They formed their own kingdom on earth.

Man was originally created in the image of GOD and for the glory of GOD (Genesis chapter 2). When they were originally created by GOD, they were given dominion over the earth. This meant they had control over the earth, to guide its systems and inhabitants according to the plan of GOD.

The invisible war against man started with the first temptation in the Garden of Eden (Genesis chapter 3). Satan caused Adam and Eve to sin. When they sinned against GOD, they lost that dominion (Gen l-3). This also resulted in all men inheriting the basic sin nature and committing individual acts of sin due to this nature. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned (Rom 5:12).

Gen 3:15, And I will put enmity between thee (Satan) and the woman (mankind), and between thy seed (the forces of evil) and her seed (the forces of good represented by the Lord Jesus Christ).It resulted in the invisible war between man and the forces of evil. Demon spirits can enter, torment, control, and use the people as his agents who do not obey GOD’s Word. They motivate evil acts which are done by men and women. Satan directs his demons in their evil activities. He combines these powerful forces with the world and the flesh to rule over all mankind.

SPIRITUAL DEATH AND REDEMPTION
Because of sin, man was separated from GOD and condemned to spiritual death. But GOD loved man so much and to fulfill His promise made in Gen 3:15, He made a special plan to save mankind from destruction because of sin. John 3:16-17, For GOD so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. And GOD sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. For this purpose the Son of GOD was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (I John 3:8).

Jesus Christ came in the flesh suffered, died and rose again for the very purpose of establishing His own spiritual Kingdom (John 18:36). Satan’s plans of wickedness, and all his dominion and power, and particularly his power over spiritual death; and especially the inability of men to overcome the sinful nature i.e. the bondage to sin, which are the works of the devil, which he puts them upon, influences them to do, and takes delight in; are destroyed by Christ, by his sacrifice and death, being taken, carried, removed away, finished, and made an end of by him.

Though Jesus Christ defeated Satan in the spiritual realm, we are still living in this literal world which is still occupied and controlled by Satan and his forces. Satan is trying to keep all men and women captive in sin through deceptive methods. He is enticing men and women through the temporary pleasures of this world. He wants the possession and control of all the souls at all cost. Satan still wants to be the supreme ruler over all the people both spiritually and literally. For this purpose he is waging an intense battle. His strategies are directed at GOD, His plan, and His people. This battle will continue until the great final conflict which is the battle of Armageddon. Understanding spiritual warfare strategies gives us the ability to deal with these evil powers and his control over the souls of people and the devil himself.

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UNDERSTANDING SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Spiritual warfare is the analysis of and active participation in the invisible spiritual war. It includes study of the opposing forces of good and evil, the strategies of Satan, and spiritual strategies for overcoming the enemy. Spiritual warfare is more than a mere analysis of spiritual principles. It includes active participation in warfare by application of these strategies in life and ministry.

One of the most effective strategies of Satan is to keep believers ignorant of his devices. Paul said it is important to know Satan’s strategies. Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices (II Cor 2:11). We should learn all we can about Satan’s strategies of attack. We must also understand the Scriptural basis of victory over Satan and the forces of evil. We are called to intelligent combat. Basic to the understanding of spiritual warfare is to recognize that all battles of life, whether physical, spiritual or with human personalities are only outward manifestations of a spiritual cause.

Although in the natural world problems may seem to occur through the circumstances of life, the basis of these natural battles is in the spirit world. The story of Job (Job chapters’ l-2) confirms this principle. We have tried to correct the evils of this world through education, legislation, and improved environment. It has not worked because the visible evils of the world are the results of an underlying spiritual cause. They cannot be corrected by natural means.

THE ENEMY
In warfare in the natural world, a soldier must first identify the enemy before entering the battlefield. He must study all available information on the enemy, his nature, and strategies. This is why military forces spend much time gathering intelligence information on the enemy. The same is true in the spirit world. We can only war effectively if we identify our enemy, understand his nature, and recognizing his strategies. The evil forces we face are not clothed in flesh. They are spiritual hosts of wickedness.I Peter 5:8, Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. His words serve as a further introduction to his strategies (Gen 3:1,4,5; Job 1:7-12; Job 2:1-6; Matt 4:1-11; Luke 4:1-13. 2). Satan is an exact opposite of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit was sent by GOD to draw men to Himself. Satan is committed to draw men away from GOD.

Satan not only opposes GOD and His nature, but he also opposes GOD’s program. He denies the existence of GOD (Psalms 14:1-3), promotes lies (Eph 2:2; II Thess 2:8-ll); and is behind false religions, the occult, and cults with their false doctrines and practices. Satan’s religious system results in false teachers, prophets, and “christs”. Despite these evil strategies, Satan and his hosts of demonic powers are no threat to our Almighty GOD.

THE ATTRIBUTES OF SATAN
As we have seen, Satan is a spirit, but he also has attributes of a real personality. The Bible teaches that he is Intelligent and subtle. II Cor 11:3, But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtility, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. Emotional: And the dragon was wroth with the woman… (Rev 12:17). Self-willed: And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will (II Tim 2:26). Powerful: …Prince of the power of the air… (Eph 2:2). Deceitful: Put on the whole armour of GOD, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph 6:11). Fierce and cruel: Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). Deceptive: And no marvel, for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light (II Cor 11:14).

SATAN IS NOT
Unlike GOD, Satan is not omniscient (knowing all things). If Satan could foresee the future he never would have allowed Jesus to die on the cross. He would have known that the death of Jesus would overthrow his power and provide a way of escape from the bondage of sin for all mankind. Satan is not omnipotent (all powerful). Jesus said the power of GOD within you is greater than the power of Satan. For those who believe in Jesus, Satan is already a defeated foe (John 12:31). He is strong only to those who yield to him. His power is limited by the power of GOD (Job 1:10-12) and he is only able to overcome a believer as they yield control to him. Because Satan is not omnipresent (present everywhere) he dispatches a host of demons throughout the earth to do his will and accomplish his purposes.

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VENOMOUS SERPENT
Satan is compared to a serpent in the natural world. The venom of poisonous snakes falls into three categories. Neurotorins: Which affect the nerves. Cardiotorins: Which affect the heart. Hemotorins: Which affect the blood. Spiritually Satan also affects our nerve (spiritual courage), our heart (to attack our worship and service of GOD), and tries to prevent the work of the blood of Jesus (salvation, healing, deliverance) in our life.

Snakes protect themselves by disguise. Some snakes are very hard to see because they are camouflaged blend into the surrounding so well. Some snakes protect themselves by imitation. One example is the African tree viper which “freezes” itself and sticks its neck out like a twig on a tree. The puff adder protects itself by blowing itself up as big as possible. Some snakes hiss or rattle, making frightening sounds to scare us away. Our spiritual enemy comes disguised as an “angel of light” and imitates the things of GOD. He also tries to frighten us by appearing large and threatening.

Snakes capture their prey in four different ways. Strike: A swift attack. Constriction: Where the snake wraps itself around the target and slowly squeezes out its life. Throwing weight around over the prey to overcome it. Biting and holding the target in its fangs while slow poison paralyzes the target. Sometimes the snake’s teeth are broken off in the struggle, but snakes are constantly developing new teeth. Similarly the Devil either strikes or constricts our spiritual life with the cares of the world and sinful weights and entanglements. He is always trying to terrorize us, and he loves to hold us in bondage while paralyzing us with his deadly venom.

Here are some ways to avoid snake bite in the natural world. They are also applicable in the spiritual realm. Recognizing poisonous snakes (knowing our enemy). Wearing protective clothing (our spiritual armor). Avoiding known snake territory (areas of known temptation or satanic activity). Avoid walking after dark or in darkened areas (snakes avoid direct sunlight) as believers, we no longer walk as children of the dark but as children of light.

Snakes locate their prey by picking up the scent from the dust thrown up on their tongue which relays information to their brain. If we stand still, a snake cannot locate us. Satan spots us best when the dust is stirred up and we are running in confusion and fear. When the dust is settled and we stand against him fearlessly, he cannot strike us. This is why the Bible says “stand still.”…and “keep on standing.” In a panic situation, a snake will shoot all of its venom at once and is then rendered defenseless for awhile until it can produce more venom. It is possible that this is what occurred in the wilderness temptation when Jesus used the Word of GOD against Satan’s attacks and caused Satan to “depart from him for a season.”

THE SPIRITUAL FORCES OF EVIL

It is also essential to know about the “troops,” known as demons, which are under Satan’s command. Some people ignore the subject of demons completely. Others have a compulsive interest in them. We should not minimize the power of demon spirits in the world today. When Jesus confronted two men possessed by demons, their response was, what have we to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of GOD? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? (Matt 8:29).The demons in the possessed men knew their final destiny was a place of eternal torment. Since Hell is a place of torment and was prepared for Satan and his angels, then demons must be the fallen angels.

Throughout the Bible, demons are shown as active on earth. Since Satan is not omnipresent, he uses demons to do his will and accomplish his purposes throughout the world. They constitute the “powers of the air” (Eph 2:2) and the “powers of darkness” (Col 1:13) and are all under the control of Satan.

THE ATTRIBUTES OF DEMONS
In their original sinless condition, demons had the same attributes as the good angels. In their present evil state these demons are spirits (Matt 8:16; Luke 10:17, 20). Can appear visibly (Gen 3:1; Zech 3:1; Matt 4:9-10). Can speak (Mark 5:9, 12; Luke 8:28; Matt 8:31). Believe that there is one God (James 2:19). Exercise their wills (Luke 11:24; 8:32). Demonstrate intelligence (Mark 1:24). Have emotions (Luke 8:28; James 2:19). Have recognition (Acts 19:15). Have supernatural strength (Acts 19:16; Mark 5:3). Have supernatural presence (Daniel 9:21-23). Are eternal (Matt 25:41). Have their own doctrine (I Tim 4:1-3). Are evil (Matt 10:1; Mark 1:27; 3:11). Demons are called evil spirits six times and unclean spirits 23 times in the New Testament. They are also called devils (Mark 1:32) and the devil’s angels (Matt 25:41).

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THE ORGANIZATION OF DEMON FORCES
Satan is an imitator, not an originator. He has organized his demons in a structure similar to that of God’s forces. Satan has apparently divided the world into principalities. A principality is the territory or jurisdiction of a prince. Satan has placed a prince over each principality. The prince of the power of Persia is mentioned in Daniel 10. This is how Satan works on a national level influencing governments and nations. These demons are at work in the social, political, and cultural systems of the world.

Satan is the author of spiritual wickedness in high places. High places in the Old Testament were where worship was carried on. This is how Satan works in the religious structures of the world. These organized groups vary in size. For example, Mary Magdalene had seven demons in her prior to her deliverance. Luke 8:30 mentions a “legion” of demons. A legion in the Roman army which ruled at the time of Jesus referred to 6,100 foot soldiers and 726 horsemen! These organized forces of demons were united in their purpose, which in this example was possession of the man and woman.

Have Different Degrees Of Wickedness. This is illustrated by the demon who said he would return with other evil spirits. When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself and they enter in and dwell there: And the last state of that man is worse than the first… (Matt 12:43-45).

THE ACTIVITIES OF DEMONS
Demons follow orders given by their prince. We can summarize the activities of demons by noting that they are always directed against GOD, His plan, and His people. Demons are used by Satan to attack the Word of GOD, our worship of GOD, our walk with GOD, and our work for GOD. Satan uses his demons to accomplish this strategy throughout the world. Demons extend Satan’s power by promoting deception and wickedness. They affect individuals, governments, nations, and the world system. They promote rebellion and slander against both GOD and men. They promote idolatry, false doctrines, and blind men and women to the truth of the Gospel.

Demons can Change Their Functions. The demon in I Kings 22:21-23 declared he would be a lying spirit. This indicates he was not one previously for he said “I will be…”. There are different kinds of demons that attack the body and soul of man. They are responsible for immoral acts, unclean thoughts, oppression, possession and depression (Matt 10:1; 12:43; Mark 1:23-26). Spirits of infirmity afflict the physical body (Luke 13:11). Seducing spirits influences a person to believe false doctrines as indicated in I Timothy 4:1. They are spirits of cults, false Christ, and false teachers.

These demons instigates unbelievers driving them to commit terrible acts of evil, to murder, injure, commit suicide, speak lies etc. They affect the soul with emotional problems and the body with physical infirmities. Demons attack believers by temptation, deception, depression, and oppression. They try to keep us in bondage to habits and fear. They accuse and slander us and create division among the people of GOD.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Since spiritual warfare has many dimensions, we must war personally against sin, socially against evil in the world, and supernaturally through the deliverance ministry. The Bible is a spiritual warfare manual. It is the historical record of spiritual warfare, revealing the victories and defeats of past battles. It is prophetical, showing the course of our warfare until the time of the final conflict. In the natural world, when a soldier joins an army, he must deny any previous allegiance he has had to another army or country. When we join the army of GOD, we must repent of our allegiance to sin and the kingdom of Satan.

Spiritual warfare in the context of God’s total purpose for the redemption of sinful mankind is like the parables of the sower and the tares among wheat in Matthew 13. Both parables concern the growth of the Kingdom of GOD which occurs through the planting of GOD’s Word. Both parables picture the warfare between the two kingdoms with the battle centering on the redemptive purposes of GOD.

The simple definition of war in the natural world is “an act of force intended to compel our opponent to fulfill our will”. This definition is applicable also in the spiritual world. Learning spiritual warfare prepares us to enter the arena of this world and fight for the souls of men and women, boys and girls. This is why authority over Satan was given to the disciples before they were sent out to share the Gospel (Matt 28:18-20). Satan and his hosts of demons will war against us as we seek to win men to Christ and bring them under the rule of GOD. Employing Scriptural strategies of spiritual warfare helps us to challenge the principalities and powers who rule over individual human lives, societies, and areas of the world.

UNDERSTANDING OUR MISSION IN THE WORLD
We are not to be affected by the world, but we are to affect the world. The believer should be a light in a world of darkness, reflecting the glory of GOD and sharing the good news of the Gospel: Ye are the light of the world… (Matt 5:14).The impact of the early believers on the world was so great that it was said of them that they “turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:6). As soldiers in an army sent on a mission in a foreign nation, believers are on a special mission of GOD in the world. They have been instructed: …Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).

Satan is called the “god of this world” which includes men who are not believers and demonic angels (II Cor 4:4). He offered the nations to Jesus during the temptation of Christ, and our Lord did not dispute the legitimacy of the offer. He simply refused to rebel against GOD in submitting to Satan’s way of obtaining the rule (Matt 4:8-10). Satan uses his demons to influence and deceive the nations, leading the leaders and people astray from GOD. This is why there are cruel dictators and ungodly corrupt political systems in many nations. It also accounts for the wars and divisions between the nations. Satan especially influences leaders to hinder the spread of the Gospel.

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ENEMY TERRITORY


THE WORLD

The word “world” has different meanings in Scripture. It can mean the earth or universe in its physical order. It is used to refer to Gentiles which are all nations other than the Jewish nation. But the word “world” also is used to refer to the present condition of human affairs in opposition to GOD. It is the system that runs the inhabited earth, a system that is opposed to GOD and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The “world” is the corporate group of flesh-centered individuals who make up the human race. Flesh, in this context, is not referring to the actual flesh of our body. It is a term which describes the basic evil human nature of man which is in willful rebellion against GOD. As our enemy, the world is the whole organized system of social, economic, materialistic, and religious philosophies which have their expression through organizations, personalities, and governments. It is not a specific government, organization, or person, but the worldly system upon which these are based. It provides an atmosphere, environment, and system which promotes fleshly sins. It surrounds man with that which appeals to his fleshly desires.
Satan is the “prince” or ruler of the world system (John 12:31; 14:30). Satan is also called the god of this world. In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believed not… (II Cor 4:4).The kingdoms of the world are presently influenced by Satan. They are guided by Satanic philosophy and principles. They are flesh-centered and flesh-governed.

THE STRUCTURE OF THE WORLD

The world structure is in direct opposition to GOD, His plan, purposes, and people: Who gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of GOD and our Father (Gal 1:4).The world system is without GOD: …having no hope, and without GOD in the world (Eph 2:12).There is much deception in the world to ensnare believers to become part of the world system. For many deceivers are entered into the world (II John 7).

THE ELEMENTS OF THE WORLD

The “elements of the world” refer to the elementary principles that govern the world. They lead to spiritual bondage: Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world (Gal 4:3). The Rudiments of The World are the regulations on which the world structure rests. They are different from the principles upon which GOD structures His Kingdom. Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances (Col 2:8,20).

The Philosophies of the World are principles of knowledge. Worldly philosophies are not based on Christ. Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ (Col 2:8).Worldly wisdom is not GOD’s wisdom. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with GOD (I Cor 3:19). The Course of The World is the way in which it operates. Wherefore in times past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience (Eph 2:2).

The many “voices” in the world are contrary to the voice of God: There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices in the world, and none of them is without signification (I Cor 14:10).The peace of the world is temporary, fragile, and sometimes deceptive:Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid (John 14:27) Godly sorrow differs from that of the world. Forgodly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repentedof:but the sorrow of the world worketh death (II Cor 7:10).

The world hates GOD. …Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with GOD? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of GOD (James 4:4).The world hates believers. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you (John 15:18-19).

OVERCOMING THE WORLD
Recognizing that we are not of the world: John 17:14-16, I have given them thy word, and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).

Realizing that gaining the world is not worth losing our soul:For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul (Mark 8:36). For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away? (Luke 9:25).

Realizing that if we love the world, we are an enemy of GOD: Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world (I John 2:15-16). Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with GOD? Whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of GOD (James 4:4).

Recognizing the temporal nature of the world: And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof. But he that doeth the will of GOD abideth forever (I John 2:17). For the fashion of this world passeth away (I Cor 7:31). Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness (II Peter 3:11).

We can overcome the world because Jesus dwells within us: Ye are of GOD, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world (I John 4:4). Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (II Peter 1:4). For whatsoever is born of GOD overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith (I John 5:4). And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony… (Rev 12:11).

 

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TO DELIVER THE POWER OF GOD

There are certain things we must do to allow GOD accomplish HIS purposes in our lives, families and nation:

1. HUMBLE YOURSELF

There is a scripture we often quote in praying for our nations, but it is not only for healing of nations. It applies equally to our individual lives and families.

if My people who are called by My Name

will humble themselves and pray and

seek My face and turn from their wicked ways,

then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and

heal their land”(2 Chr. 7:14, emphasis mine).

If we see a manifestation of any of these symptoms, we should humble ourselves and ask for anointed servants of GOD to pray for us a prayer of deliverance. Thousands have been delivered from the yoke of oppression of water spirits.

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2. PRAY

They themselves need to be very prayerful even though the spirits hinder the prayer life of her captives.

But the scriptures say:

Shall the prey be taken from the mighty or

the captives of the righteous be delivered? But thus says the Lord:

Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away,

and the prey of the terrible be delivered for

I will contend with him who contends

with you and I will save your children’” (Is. 49:24-25).

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3. SEEK HIS FACE

Ask GOD questions, and HE will give you answers.

I sought the Lord and He heard me

And delivered me from all my fears

They looked to Him and were radiant

And their faces were not ashamed” (Ps. 34:4-5).

A brother was fed up of a life of continuous struggle with nothing to show for his struggles and efforts in life. As he did seven days of praying and fasting, the Lord ministered to him to ask his father questions.

This was the beginning of the deliverance of this brother from Satan’s oppression. (See also, Hos. 4:6; Is. 5:13-14).

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4. TURN AWAY FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS

There is nothing God can do long as you do not repent of your sins of idolatry.

Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened that it cannot save

nor His ear heavy that it cannot hear,

but your iniquities have separated you from your God

and your sins have hidden His face from you

so that He will not hear” (Is. 59:1-2).

Once there is repentance, admitting and turning away from the sin of idolatry, GOD begins to move to deliver HIS children or the nation.

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5. ASK FOR AND RECEIVE NEEDED ANOINTING

The power and fire to carry out deliverance of people and places with marine spirits manifestations can be obtained only from GOD but the good news is that it is yours for the asking.

Meditate on the following scriptures: Matt. 3:11; Acts 10:38; Lk. 24:49; Ps. 110:1-3; Ps. 144:1, Ps. 85:6, Deut 2:24-25.

In Deut. 2:24, GOD told the Israelites to go across the River Arnon. He said He has given the king and his land to Israel, but that Israel should begin to possess the land and engage him in battle.

To possess America, Africa and our nations for the Lord, there are spiritual battles to be fought against water spirits, witchcraft, queen of heaven and numerous other satanic forces of darkness, because unwittingly men have given these lands to these forces through idolatrous practices.

The assurance we have is that as we go into these battles, we are not going in our strength and therefore, we have the victory. Meditate on these scriptures: Rev. 12:11; Col. 2:15; Eph. 6:11-18; Col. 2:13; I Cor. 15:58; Lk. 10:18-19; Ps. 8:6-8; Ps. 91:13; Ps. 51:20-23; Ezek. 22:30-31.

Let us be as Caleb who said, “Let us go up at once and take possession for we are well able to overcome it.” GOD was well pleased with Joshua and Caleb and because they trusted in Him, they lived and prospered. For those who were fearful, they perished in the wilderness.

 

Debo Daniel

 

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EVIL EFFECTS OF WATER SPIRIT WORSHIP

In this chapter, we wish to examine what happens when people turn their back on the true God and worship other gods:

1. It provokes God’s anger.

Worship of water spirits or any other god gets God very angry and provokes Him to release judgment on the people and on the land.

In Exodus 20:4-5, God forbids the worship of anything in the waters. He says those who worship them hate Him (see Judges 2:12; Deut. 31:16-17; Jer. 7:17-20; Num. 25:1-3).

2. It brings a curse.

The Psalmist said, “Their sorrow shall be multiplied who hasten after another god” (Ps. 16:4), and “Let all be put to shame who serve carved images….” (Ps. 97:7). God says they are cursed.

Cursed is the one who makes a carved or molded image, an abomination to the Lord,

the works of the hands of craftsmen and sets it up in secret” (Deut. 27:15).

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3. Idolatry attracts war and bloodshed.

Check out the nations of Africa, the wars and bloodshed can be traced to Idolatry and more recently, because of America’s involvement in so much of occultism; she has one war or another with other nations (Jer. 7:31-34; Ezek. 6:13-14).

4. It delivers the people to captivity and oppression.

God allows oppression in the land and gives the people over to their enemies.

They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths and the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, so He delivered them into the hand of plunderers who despoiled them and He sold them unto the hands of their enemies all around, that they could not stand before their enemies (Judges 2:13-14).

The Babylonian captivity was all due to the sin of idolatry. In the western world today, even through one can see beautiful houses, cars, roads and other beautiful infrastructure, it is so sad and disheartening the level of oppression of the people.

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5. God oppresses the people.

God himself resists and stands against those who are involved in idolatry; He frustrates them.

Whenever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for calamity

as the Lord had said and as the Lord had sworn to them.

And they were greatly distressed” (Judges 2:15).

6. Idolatry defiles and pollutes the land and the people.

God laments that idolatry defiles this land and that He will “Fish out” and “hunt” for idolaters to punish them (Jer. 16:16-18).

7. It brings a covering of darkness over the land and the people.

And He will destroy on this mountain the surface of the covering

cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations” (Is. 25:7).

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8. It affects not only the person that commits the sin but many generations. This is expressly stated in Exodus 20:1-6, but an example can be seen in the life of Jeroboam who brought idolatry into Israel and the next 16 kings, no matter how they tried to worship the true God, fell into the sin of idolatry, ultimately including Jehu who had killed Jezebel and others for their idolatry (2 Kings 10:28-31).

9. It transfers the land and its resources therein to the control of spirits.

The price we pay for idolatry is too much and that is why God wants us to flee idolatry. Worship of water spirits is idolatry and we must not only flee from it, we must war against it in our families, cities and nations.

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Chapter 6

THE NEED TO DO WARFARE AGAINST WATER SPIRITS AND HOW!

From the foregoing chapters, it is evident that the water-spirit kingdom is a very important arm of the kingdom of darkness of Satan and is an enemy kingdom.

In summary, they:

1. Contend with God’s sovereignty by laying claim to creation, dominion, power and wealth (Ezek 29:3, Ezek. 32:1-2)

2. Steal kill and destroy (Jn. 10:10) through various sins

3. Deceive (Rev. 12:13)

4. Make war with saints (Rev. 12:15, 17; Rev. 13:17, etc.)

5. Hinder the gospel by using “false prophets” to do evil and many undiscerning people visit these false prophets

6. Rule whole cities, nations or communities by manifesting through political leaders, witchcraft, sorcery and all manners of wickedness

THE RESPONSE GOD REQUIRES OF US

In the scriptures, God rebuked complacency in the women of Zion. The truth however is that God detests complacency not only in the women, but in His Body in Zion, the Church.

Rise up, you women who are at ease,

Hear my voice;

You complacent daughters,

Give ear to my speech.

In a year and some days

You will be troubled, you

complacent women;

For the vintage will fail,

The gathering will not come.

Tremble, you women who are at ease;

Be troubled, you complacent ones;

Strip yourselves, make yourselves bare,

And gird sackcloth on your waists.

People shall mourn upon their breasts

For the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine.

On the land of my people will come up thorns and briers,

Yes, on all the happy homes in the joyous city;

Because the palaces will be forsaken,

The bustling city will be deserted.

The forts and towers will become lairs forever,

A joy of wild donkeys, a pasture of flocks –

Until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high,

And the wilderness becomes a fruitful field,

And the fruitful field is counted as a forest” (Is 32:9-15).

From this scripture, we can see that our complacency in controlling our natural environment through intercession leads to many disasters:

  • Pleasant fields turn to thorns and briers
  • Harvests fail
  • Prosperous and bursting cities become deserted
  • Desolation (i.e., sin, satanic oppression, occultic influences) takes over cities and even the Church!

All these begin to manifest until the Spirit is poured down from on high and manifests through informed intercession and spiritual warfare, by God’s people and then:

  • The wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and
  • The fruitful field enlarges to become like forest

A father in intercession and spiritual warfare, Kjell Sjoberg, put this idea very well into his book, Winning the Prayer War.

God’s people, and those who pray, have the keys of a place. If they become slack in intercession, they are like a farmer ceasing to plow and cultivate his field. The evil spirits like weeds are free to grow again and to regain the upper hand. But if God’s people maintain their position of victory and take the responsibility for intercession in their area, then they become channels for God’s fullness, so that all can testify, “Here, the Lord truly lives among His people.”

If we desire to take our cities and nations for God and check the advance of wickedness and abominations around us, so that the kingdoms of this world might become the kingdoms of our God and of His Christ, the church of God needs to become more sensitive and available for God’s need for a warrior company of people.

It is only as we yield ourselves to the prophetic and apostolic move of God in these last days that we can conquer our lands for our God.

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GOD’S SEARCH FOR THE JOSHUA, CALEB, GIDEON, JEHU, ELIJAH AND DEBORAH COMPANY

By yielding ourselves to be among the warrior company, God will use in these last days; we will be:

1. Breaking bonds of wickedness in our territories and cities (Is. 58:6)

2. Setting captives free (Is. 49:24-26)

3. Enforcing the manifestation of God’s will and purposes (Eph. 3:10; Rom. 8:19)

4. Standing in our priestly office (1 Pet. 2:9)

5. Repairing and rebinding desolations of many generation and ruined cities (Is. 61: 4)

6. Causing God’s kingdom to come on earth and His will to be done (Lk. 11:2)

7. Causing the veil of darkness over cities and nations to be lifted and destroyed (Is. 25:7)

8. Recovering lands the enemy has taken through the ignorance of people and their involvement in idolatry (Deut. 2:24-25)

9. Breaking the power of curses and ancient covenants over the lands and the people (2 Kings 2:19-21)

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WAGING WARFARE AGAINST WATER SPIRITS

The following are ways to wage war against water spirits.

1. Spiritual mapping:

Spiritual mapping can be defined as the discerning of the actual spiritual state of a place or entity through seeing beyond what the place or entity appears to be.

The enemy, Satan, is still the same, but as the warfare against his kingdom heats up, he is also operating in more subtle ways developing inroads and strongholds clandestinely in homes, offices, educational institutions, recreational systems, arts and culture, etc. This is apart from places in our environment where his presence is more obvious.

To do effective warfare against the powers of darkness now, it is important to identify the princes, powers and demons by name, identify their locations, discover the history of their presence in particular locations, identify “happenings” in our environment traceable to particular principalities and powers, etc.

Every purpose is established by counsel; by wise counsel wage war” (Prov. 20:18).

…but through knowledge the righteous shall be delivered” (Prov. 11:9b).

The Bible encourages us to be cautious:

…lest Satan should take advantage of us;

for we are not ignorant of his devices” (2 Cor. 2:11).

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Spiritual mapping exposes the enemy preventing him from taking advantage over us. The knowledge we gain from spiritual mapping helps us to do effective warfare so that we will not be like men who “beat the air” (1 Cor. 9:26b).

Spiritual mapping information concerning our lives, families, establishments, territories, cities, nations, etc., can be acquired by:

  • Observation of our natural environment with the gift of discernment of Spirit
  • Conducting interviews and asking informed questions about the environment; elders in the environment can be particularly useful (Job 12:12)
  • Examining books, and other print and media materials
  • Listening to God in prayers and fasting (Ps. 25:14; Prov. 25:2) as you ask the Holy Spirit for information and relevant warfare strategies

2. Personal deliverance from water spirit manifestations:

  • Bring repentance for every initiation and dedication, sacrifices made and covenants entered into, vows and marriages contracted with water spirits, worship given to them, etc. (Is. 59:1,2; 2 Chr. 7:14; Prov. 28:13).
  • Make atonement through the blood of Jesus, the blood of the new covenant (Heb. 9:22; Heb. 12:24).
  • Renounce these connections, covenants, dedications divorce all spiritual marriage through initiation and/or dreams.
  • Break all tokens of satanic covenants you made with the water spirits.
  • Allow the spirit to be cast out.
  • Carry out spiritual warfare against all points of contact and tokens in the sun, moon and stars because the tides are controlled by the moon (Ps. 21:6-8).

WEAPONS OF WARFARE AGAINST WATER SPIRITS

A. The sword of the Lord (Is. 27:1)

B. The hook of the Lord (Ezek. 29:3-5)

C. The mighty arm of the Lord (Ps. 89:10, 13; Job 26:136)

D. The power of God’s presence (1 Sam. 5:2-4)

E. The blood of Jesus (Rev. 12:11)

F. The weapon of praise (2 Chr. 20)

G. Prophetic declaration into the water (2 Kings 2:19-21)

3. Community Deliverance from Water Spirit Manifestation:

  • Corporate fasting and praying to receive divine strategies and scriptures from the Lord (Josh. 5:13, Josh. 6:5)
  • Bring corporate identificational repentance for the worship, priesthood, vows and covenants made with the water spirits, etc. (Neh. 1:4 -11; Dan. 9:3-19, Ezra 9:1-15).
  • Carry out spiritual warfare with scriptures the Lord lays in your heart while waiting on Him.
  • Usually, the Lord lays it in the heart of His warriors to do some prophetic praying and take some prophetic actions.

4. Some prophetic actions the Lord had directed in some previous warfare against water spirits include:

  • Anointing the waters with anointing oil over which we had prayed
  • The brethren take communion and pour out the remaining wine of the communion into the waters, symbolic of the blood of Jesus.
  • Relevant scriptures are written in small pieces of paper and thrown into the waters with prophetic declarations
  • Some brethren have been led to drop the whole Bible or New Testament Bible alone into some waters with specific proclamations over the waters.
  • Scriptures are given in some instances to be declared and proclaimed over the waters.

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TESTIMONY

There is a river in the city of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria called Ogunpa, which for several years overflows its banks and causes death and wanton destruction of property. In 2001, the Lord led us to begin to pray against the forces operating through the river.

As we prayed, the Lord gave us several strategies including:

  • Getting some brethren to prayer-walk some portions of the banks of the river
  • Prophetically changing its name from Ogunpa, a god that kills, to Idunu, a thing of joy
  • Corporate warfare
  • Prophetic action of dropping scriptures written on pieces of paper into the river, anointing the river by pouring oil into it, pouring salt into it and taking communion by the river throwing the remaining communion things into the river
  • Praising and worshiping God thereafter by the river

Since that time, there has been no overflowing of the river and the government has designated a large amount of money for the channeling of the river.

CONTINUED….

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Chapter 5

HOW PEOPLE AND TERRITORIES ARE CONTAMINATED, INFESTED, INITIATED AND OPPRESSED BY THE WATER SPIRITS

People and territories are contaminated, infested, initiated and oppressed by the water spirits in the following ways:

1. Through initiation by parents or ancestors by reason of one’s family lineage

2. Through the geographical location a man lives or where he is born. Even when you do not consciously invite the water spirits, as long as they are ruling spirits in their environment, a person can get contaminated/infested as long as he is not in Christ and even if he or she is but does not have understanding of deliverance or spiritual warfare (Hos. 4:6; Is. 5:13-14).

3. Through sexual sins, i.e., adultery, fornication, incest, homosexuality, rape, masturbation, lesbianism, and bestiality; all of these open doors for water spirit demonization

4. Through involvement in feasts, festivals, rituals and satanic initiations many of which are done in ignorance in the name of culture or tradition, i.e., the place in Africa where they have a tradition of dropping newborn babies into the water and picking them up in seven days

5. Through names given to individuals

6. Through marriage to those who are already infested or initiated

7. For pregnant women who are asked to go and have a bath in the sea and drop things into the water, they have unwittingly initiated that baby in the womb.

8. For women who need the fruit of the womb and they are asked to bath in the river, the child they will conceive has been dedicated and initiated from the womb.

9. Some “pastors” seeking satanic power visit the seashore, are asked to make certain incantations, and thereafter are “admitted” into the water spirit world through an opening into the water. Thereafter, they manifest “power” and “wealth,” but they are not from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

10. Some get infested with water spirits by reason of artifacts they buy and decorate their homes with or dedicated clothes and jewelry they adorn their bodies with; pictures and or paintings of mermaid (the head of a woman with the tail of a fish) these constitute an altar of water spirits and do contaminate.

11. Dropping sacrifices into farmland, ponds, rivers, streams, lakes, oceans or placing them by the side of any of these bodies of water results in invitation

12. Tossing coins into water bodies and making a wish with such actions result in infestation with water spirits because this is indirectly invoking them to work for the person

13. Through divination and enchantments released on the undiscerning

14. Through eating food cooked by people possessed by water spirits of course without giving thanks to sanctify the food, e.g., an evangelist who used to be a high-level occultist claimed in his testimony he got initiated into witchcraft through fried bean-balls

15. Through naming streets and towns after water spirits, i.e., dedicating such places to these spirits, e.g., Popo Yemoja in Ibadan, Nigeria, meaning Water Spirit Street

16. Through sexual involvement with those who are “carriers” of water spirits

17. Through visiting herbalists for power or protection

18. Through visiting marine spirit priests out of curiosity or just being adventurous

This list is not comprehensive, as the devil is subtle in the way he deceives people and gets them initiated into his kingdom.

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WHY PEOPLE GET INITIATED

People have a myriad of reasons for entering into covenant with spirits. A few of such reasons include:

1. Desire for power to rule

2. To possess magical powers

3. To get healed of sicknesses and afflictions

4. To have children when this had been difficult or impossible

5. To gain wealth and riches

6. To exercise powers of witchcraft

7. To ensure safe voyage on the seas

8. To ensure a good catch of fish, lobsters and other edible sea animals

9. To get rain and a good harvest in agriculture

10. To have access to supernatural power

11. In order to establish thrones and stools and acquire power to win battles and wars

12. To serve for themselves protection from affliction, danger and death

13. To get “delivered” from demonic oppression

14. In order to succeed in their endeavors

People who get initiated for these reasons lack understanding, and it is only a relationship with Jesus Christ that can set them free.

Continued…