Occasionally, the theme of spiritual warfare becomes a popular topic; in an almost whimsical Body of Christ focus. When this happens, it is taught with such enthusiasm that a person who is attending church for the first time might assume that spiritual warfare is a new revelation, even though it is not.
There have been many moments in history where this topic it became a rage in the charismatic sector in the Body of Christ. Anyone who has been in contact with the national pulse of the church, quickly agree that sometimes the Body of Christ experienced what I call as «the hobby of spiritual warfare».
This emphasis on spiritual warfare is good because it makes us better meet our adversary, the devil, and the way it operates. Once we understand the way they operate, then we can thwart their attacks against us. This is why Paul shared with the Corinthians about the devil and his strategy. «Not ignorant of his devices» (2 Corinthians 2:11, RVR1960)
On the other hand, too much emphasis on spiritual warfare has the potential to be negative for the church. If spiritual warfare is not taught properly, it can be devastating, because this issue has a unique way to completely capture the attention of people until eventually think of nothing more than that. And that is the favorite deception of the devil makes believers magnify their power to a higher degree than it deserves. If this deception works, these believers focused on imbalanced with the devil thought, begin to imagine that he is behind everything that happens and also become paralyzed and unable to function normally in everyday life people. Thus, the enemy neutralized to to positively impact the kingdom of God.
Unfortunately, this has resulted in the lives of many people who have focused on the problem of spiritual warfare in recent years.
Do not misunderstand what I am saying, I am not opposed to spiritual warfare. The spiritual warfare is real! The scriptures command us to deal with the invisible, the invisible forces that have been sent against us. We have been sent to «cast out demons» (Mark 16:17) and «demolish arguments» (2 Corinthians 10: 3-5). This is part of our Christian responsibility to the lost, the oppressed and those who are possessed by demons.
In my own ministry I have had to deal with demonic manifestations at times. For example, I remember a time years ago when a young teen Satanist approached me at the end of one of my meetings in a very large church. During that meeting, he realized that the powers of satan had captured his mind, so he came forward to receive prayer.
As he went down the line praying for people, could see in the distance clearly that this particular young man he was sending signals from a very intense evil presence. As I approached, I sensed that he had been involved in some kind of
When finally I arrived at his place in line, the young man looked squeezing his eyes at me so hard, they looked like little slits in his face. By resting my eyes on hers, it was like watching a devil himself. Analyzing the situation, I realized that this young man was seeking help without ulterior motive. It had required great determination on their part to ignore the manipulative force and forced to walk to the front of the auditorium.
As impose my hands on this young man that night, her body began to react violently against the power of God. Shivering under the intensity of that power, he writhed on the floor, finally curled up next to my feet. Dipped in the electrifying power of God that ran it up and down, this young man moaned: «I’m afraid to leave [the satanic group that had been involved]. They told me that if I left the group would kill me! »
I went up again to pray for him, and as I did, this horrible demon that had kept her captive mind immediately released and flew to the scene. Oh, yeah … definitely I believe in genuine spiritual battle!
Today there are multitudes of people in this world who are mentally hostages devil. 1 John 3: 8. «But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil» (NTV)
The word destroy is taken from the Greek word luo, and this refers to «act to untie or release something.» This is exactly the word we’d use to describe a person who is untying his shoes. In fact, the word luo is used exactly that way in Luke 3:16: «After me will come one who is more powerful than I, who am not worthy to untie his shoes …»
Thus, Jesus Christ He came to earth to untie or release, the powers of satan that bound us. On the cross, Jesus unraveled the power of Satan until His redemptive work was finished and our freedom was purchased completely.
Later, Peter said in the house of Cornelius: «That message says that God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Spirit Holy and with power, and He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him «(Acts 10:38).
We know from these two verses that free people satan’s power is something that Jesus Christ is very interested. And if you are interested in Him, it should also be important to us. In
order to free people from demonic oppression must learn to recognize the work of the enemy and how to defeat their attacks against the mind, because the mind is their main objective. Satan’s goal is to put a tie deception in some area of the mind of the person. If successful, you can begin to control and manipulate that person from that vantage point.
The Holy Spirit is obviously declaring a powerful message about spiritual warfare these days. Christian leaders and churches around the world are waking up to this reality. In light of this, we must give first place to what the Holy Spirit is saying to the church and continue with the Word of God as our guide and foundation.
As we seek to engage in spiritual warfare, we must be careful to walk with balance. First, we need to realize that this issue involves much more than dealing with the devil. Other important elements in spiritual warfare has to do with taking control of our minds and crucify our flesh. We must not forget these last elements of spiritual warfare because they are as vital as the first.
The truth is that the devil’s attacks against our lives will not work if our flesh does not cooperate. If you truly mortify the flesh as we are commanded in the Scriptures (Romans 6: 2), we will not respond to the demonic suggestions and temptations of the flesh. The dead are unable to respond to something. In fact, we see the power of a crucified life! To
live a crucified life is a critical part of spiritual warfare. If I write a book of spiritual warfare without mentioning this truth, would make my loyal readers a great injustice by giving them a very unrealistic view of the subject.
A person can shout the devil all day, but if it has willingly allowed that some area your mind is helpless or without if control is aware of an area of sin but did not want to deal with that person she has opened the door for an attack. In this case, all your prayers against the devil will not use because their real enemy is not the devil. Rather, they are their own carnal mind and flesh they should submit to the control of the Holy Spirit in order to eradicate these attacks.
In short: if people focused solely on the devil to start a spiritual war and fail to consider the other areas mentioned, which are of equal importance, its emphasis on spiritual warfare can be very destructive to them -and will be-.
Although spiritual warfare is real and can not be ignored, we must be careful and remember that the real battle against satan it was won on the Cross and the Resurrection. And now, the victorious Christ himself who defeated the devil himself lives in us in the Person of the Holy Spirit! Therefore, the Apostle John says , «because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world» (1 John 4: 4).
Our view of spiritual warfare should start with the basic understanding that Jesus already won the victory over satan. If we do not start with this notion as a foundation, possibly we will be led to spiritual conclusions completely ridiculous. The victory has already been won; there is nothing we can add to the destructive work that Jesus did on the domain of Satan when he rose from the dead.
Rick Renner is a respected Bible teacher, and leader of the Christian international community. He is the author of over 30 books, including the best sellers are Dressed to Kill and Sparking Gems From the Greek. In 1991, Rick and his wife, Denise, moved to the former Soviet Union with her three children; established churches and a Bible college, a pastoral association and the first television program in the former Soviet Union.