Concerning Spiritual Warfare Print E-mail

Bishop Kenneth Phillips

PromiseLand Church
Austin, Texas

Concerning Spiritual Warfare

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

II Corinthians 10:3-6

 

 

I.  Call to Warfare

 

The headquarters of Satan is not in hell or the lake of fire at this time, someday, but not yet.  He is located in the second heaven.  He has access to God to accuse you and to “get to God” you must “Pray through” his headquarters.

                       

Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came among them.

                        Job 1:6

 

Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is this not a brand plucked from the fire?" Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel.

Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, "Take away the filthy garments from him." And to him He said, "See, I have removed your iniquity from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes." And I said, "Let them put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head, and they put the clothes on him. And the Angel of the LORD stood by.

Zechariah 3:1-7

 

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

                        Ephesians 6:10-12

 

And war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought with the dragon; and the dragon and his angels fought, but they did not prevail, nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer. So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. Therefore rejoice, O heavens, and you who dwell in them! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time."

Revelations 12:7-12

 

As the example of Daniel portrays there are princes of evil over our cities, states, and nations, thus affecting our churches, families and ministries.  There must be spiritual warfare.  The victory comes when the saint on earth become warriors with the Host of warriors in heaven!

 

But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left alone there with the kings of Persia. Now I have come to make you understand what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision refers to many days yet to come." When he had spoken such words to me, I turned my face toward the ground and became speechless. And suddenly, one having the likeness of the sons of men touched my lips; then I opened my mouth and spoke, saying to him who stood before me, "My lord, because of the vision my sorrows have overwhelmed me, and I have retained no strength. For how can this servant of my lord talk with you, my lord? As for me, no strength remains in me now, nor is any breath left in me." Then again, the one having the likeness of a man touched me and strengthened me.

                        Daniel 10:13-18

      

     II. Weapons of our warfare

 

The Name of Jesus

And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Mark 16:15-18

 

The Blood of Jesus

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

Revelations 12:11

 

The Word of Jesus

Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry. And the devil said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread."  But Jesus answered him, saying, "It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”  Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish.  Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours."  And Jesus answered and said to him, "Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”

Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here.  For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you,' and, ’In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’”  And Jesus answered and said to him, "It has been said, ‘You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’"  Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.

Luke 4:1-13

 

“They are mighty to the pulling down of strongholds…”

 

The “pulling down” is executed through prayer and fasting.  The discipline of your flesh brings destruction and deliverance in the heavenlies.

 

But as for me, when they were sick, My clothing was sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; And my prayer would return to my own heart.

Psalms 35:13

 

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

            Daniel 9:3

 

However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.
Matthew 17:21

 

So Cornelius said, "Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

            Acts 10:30

 

Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

            I Corinthians 7:5 

 

III. Prayer

 

There is no one as powerless as a prayerless Christian.  If you are going to be part of the New Church Order you must learn to pray.

 

“And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray:

Our Father in heaven,

Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.  

            Your will be done  

On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,  

As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,  

But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.”

Matthew 6:5-15

 

1. Prayer must be private

But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 6:6

 

2.  Prayer must be daily

Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:11

3.  Prayer must be full of:

 

            Communion

Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name…

Matthew 6:9

            Petition

Give us this day our daily bread.

Matthew 6:11

            Intercession

And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.

Matthew 6:12

            Worship

And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

Matthew 6:13

 

 

4.  Prayer must be a minimum of one hour a day

 

Then He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, “What?  Could you not watch with Me one hour?”

            Matthew 26:40

 

Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.

            Acts 3:1

 

5.        Prayer must be early - “seek the face of God before you seek the face of man”

 

How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations!

Isaiah 14:12

 

“Son of the Dawn” met God early and destroys Satan for the duration of the day

 

I rise before the dawning of the morning, And cry for help; I hope in Your word.
Psalms 119:147

 

6.  Prayer must be persistent and unrelenting.

 

And He said to them, "Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, "Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him'; and he will answer from within and say, "Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you'? I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.  "So I say to you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

            Luke 11:5-10

 

Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man.  Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, "Get justice for me from my adversary.'  And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, "Though I do not fear God nor regard man, yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me."'  Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said.  And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them?  I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

Luke 18:1-8

 

No victory will come unless it is hammered out on the anvil of prayer.

 

 

IV. Fasting

 

…no flesh should glory in His presence.

I Corinthians 1:29

 

1.  The only flesh that God can use is dead flesh.  It hurts, but it works!

 

I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

I Corinthians 15:31

 

The most powerful weapon in “killing the flesh” is fasting:  Starving the flesh and feed the spirit.  I challenge you to study the Bible concerning the subject of fasting.  You will discover that all great and powerful vessels of God were frequent fasters: Moses, Elijah, David, Daniel, Jesus, Paul, the great religious reformers.  So it must be today.

 

2.  Pattern for fasting

 

There must be a pattern for fasting

 

In all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

            Titus 2:7-8

 

Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?"

And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

            Matthew 9:14-15

 

“Fast Oft”?  Then they shall fast.

 

For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 5:20

 

            I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I posses.

            Luke 18:12

 

You will discover that the more you fast and the closer you get to God, the more you want to fast.  “Deep calls unto deep.”  Judge for yourself.  I have adopted the “pattern” of one to two days a week, at least, until three o’clock, two day fast once a quarter, and a seven day fast once a year.  It is reported from many of late, of a return to the forty day fast.  This must be done after much research for health reasons.  Please read Ronnie Floyd’s book, “Life on Fire”.  You must be a spiritual warrior if you are going to be part of the New Church Order.

 
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