Proven Warfare Tactics Against The Devil


Proven Warfare Tactics Against The Devil

Defense and offensive tactics to defeat the devil’s lies right from the Bible.

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How Do You Get Rid of a Demon?


I wrote this several years back!

I will describe one of my biggest battles in dying to my old life and having the Christ take full control.

Until today, I was still one of those children of the onion. Let me explain.

Today one huge stronghold of my control over that of Christ’s fell today.

Any area where our lives are not under the loving control of Christ is an area where the demonic will have its spidery legs wrapped around our soul, health, wealth, and body.

I call it spidery, because God has revealed demons as spiders. Spiders do not have to move much. They are simply there. They suck the life out of you. They roost on top of the sin which you love. They slowly destroy you from this beach head of sin. From there, they weave their spidery webs in the recesses of your soul.  Their long legs wrap themselves into the subconscious areas, and by them, create fortresses of hostility towards God, all in your mind.

The work of demons is obscure. Demons are onion lovers. They hide in onions.  These onions are their cocoons. These types of onions are sins. As the layers of sin peel off, as that of an onion, the demon spider is finally exposed, and Christ expels it out from your life. At the core of every onion called sin, there is always a demon. He is the last one to come out, and only when you have pealed the onion, with the knife of repentance. You can never get to the demon, until you get to the sin. You can never get to the sin as long as you love it.  As long as the onion is there, the demon is right in there, too. The only knife that works is that of repentance.

Demons make you feel that you are the one with the problem.  You are the one who is sick. You are the one who is anxious. When in fact it’s his attack from the outside. He will wound you by means of the spidery legs which work from the shadowy cocoon of sin’s onion.

This well hid spider deceives you.  Its deceptions create a false identity which you embrace.  The identity could be to become famous, or rich, take up a cause, or extol your personal rights, or worse still, to disobey God.

It could be a need to stay sick, in self-pity, to be a martyr, a victim, one who is offended, depressed or unable to forgive.  These breed negative attention. Others attend to you because you are a victim, a martyr, or someone who is ill.

This identity becomes a fortress, a citadel in your mind. You live and die for it. I was still holding to a false identity. Worse still, I was wishing for this identity, and asking God to make me into the person who owned it. This false person had become me. We call this a pseudo fantasy, a false imagination. We idolize our imaginations and fantasies and what we create in them.

The only real identity is Christ in me. Every other identity must die. Every other identity bows its knee to Christ.  Demons only respect Christ. They don’t respect me, or my false fantasies. They don’t respect any other identity, except the one which Christ has, and which is Christ.

So as long as you love any sin, remember that it is an onion, which has a demon at its core and which is still preying on you.  You are still the children of the onion.

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Armor


Eph 6:10  Finally, my brethren, be strong (constantly strengthened with dunamis power) in the Lord, and in the power ( dominion) of his might ( inward strength).

11  Put on the full armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the stratagems of the devil.

This verse commands us to continuously receive this dunamis power of the Lord so that He can be progressively revealed in our lives as the Christ that dwells in our hearts. This is the fullness of revelation.

The dunamis power of the Lord in verse 10 is defined as the display of the Lord’s outward dominion brought about by His inward strength.  This is what it means by “ the power of his might.”  This is sort of what happens to Pop Eye when he eats the can of spinach.  The tremendous inward strength that is multiplied within him is translated into a manifestation of outward strength which caused him to dominate and conquer all, even Bluto the bad man, who ran after beautiful Olive Oil.

This domination of external circumstances is called “dominion” and is in indeed the same as Lord’s dominion over all His creation.

The Lord’s dominion or manifested expression of the strength that resides within Him is found in His dunamis power. The extent of the Lord’s dominion that is transported by his dunamis power is His ability to subdue all things unto Himself.

Philippians 3:21  Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself.

The amount of God’s dunamis power working in us is measured as to how much we are allowing the Lord to subdue or bring the dominion of all things unto Himself.

The fullness of revelation of the Son is the fullness of the Lord’s power.  The fullness of revelation is the Christ dwelling, and not struggling, or competing with something else in our hearts.

The more that we live out of the dunamis power of the Lord because we have yielded our life in all meekness to the Lord the more that we shall see the Lord subdue all things underneath our feet.

This is the reality of our putting on the full armor of God.

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The Battle: Salvation


Gal6:15  For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth(inward strength and force, to have strength to overcome health, ability, capacity) any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.

Only Christ being formed and birthed in us is of any capacity or ability for us to overcome and get the victory.

Matt 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

“To have real weight or clout with Jesus.”

The word for love in this scripture is affection for Jesus above that of anything else.  Having a greater affection for anything in this life makes a believer unfit and unprepared to follow Jesus.  He is unable to adequately respond to the life and the call of Jesus.  There will be a lack of balance between the believer and Jesus himself.  He will not deserve Jesus.

In Philippians 2:12 the exhortation is to carry out our salvation to an utter completion, growing up into Christ in all things. It means to leave no stone unturned.

Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

The command is in the grammatical middle voice signifying that the responsibility is ours, and it shall be done through implicit obedience, much prayer, and through an exact knowledge of the Word.

Another favorite scripture of mine is found in Ephesians 6:13

Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand,

We are encouraged here to take the armor of God and having done all to stand, to stand therefore.

“Having done all” is the word “katergazomai.’

This defines us as warriors in a terrible struggle against the world, Satan, and sin.

The big ball of dull is kicked up as we engage in these spiritual gladiator struggles of life.

When the dust finally settles we remain standing victoriously, as Satan, sin and the world lay scattered at our feet.  This is the attitude that we must adopt, so lacking in the complacent and passive American church. Some of us need to be lights.

The reason the church is so weak is because few obey this scripture.

2 Corinthians 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Greek: But we all with our face uncovered; Though our faces have been uncovered at our conversion, a believer that has an “open” face is one that is yielded to the Lord and gladly obeys Him.

He or she welcomes all that God has for them; their faces are opened to His dealings in their lives.

Quite the opposite, the person who has a “closed face” is one who secretly does not receive another, and is in opposition or disagreement with that other, judging them in their heart. Or one who limits what God wants to do in his or her life.

The glory of the Lord beholding as in a mirror is the opposite to Moses who did not have a spiritual mirror to capture and behold the glory of the Lord that would thoroughly transform him!

The Old Covenant was transient and not permanent as the New Covenant inaugurated in the blood of Jesus Christ was.

Thus he covered his face, which had the passing glory of God on it. Christ is our spiritual mirror that allows us to permanently capture and behold the glory of God that will thoroughly transform us, as long as our faces remain opened towards Him .

Look up Strong’s Word 3339. It’s imperative to have a basic understanding of NT Greek.

To the same image are being metamorphosised  ( 3339) out of glory and into (the next level) glory even as from the Spirit of the Lord.

 Mt 17:2  And was transfigured <3339> before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

Mr 9:2  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured <3339> before them.

Ro 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed <3339> by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

2Co 3:18  But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed <3339> into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Tim 4:1 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly (“speaking plainly”; probably through the mouths of prophets), that in the latter times (not specific times) some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;

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The Four Keys To Spiritual Warfare


Ephesians 2:2 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:

Many of us imagine that Ephesians chapter two is Paul’s discussion focusing on unbelievers. I disagree.

This particular verse is in the present participle.

The verse translates as  “the sons of disobedience energize the scheme of the devil on a continuous basis.”

The word for disobedience is being non-compliant, stubborn, defiant, drawing a line on the sand.

If a Christian is continually non compliant in an area of his or her life, will he or she energize the works of the devil, or is it the one who does not believe in Jesus?

I believe that there is no difference; the devil is a legalist. He will always get in wherever he is given an open door.

I also feel that the same degree of obedience or disobedience to the Lord, will result in the same degree of energizing or disengaging the works of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We are encouraged here to take the armor of God and “having done all to stand, to stand therefore.”

“Having done all” is the word “katergazomai.’

Simply stated, “having done all, to stand,” is wonderfully depicted by the cartoons of the coyote and the road runner.

In one of their many scuffles, as a ball of dull is kicked up, both of these guys always got lost in their dusty fights. When the dust finally settles, the road runner usually remained standing.

This is exactly what it means to “having done all, to stand.”! We must fight by the Spirit without compromise, or without discouragement, until we remain standing victoriously; as Satan, sin and the world lay scattered at our feet in full visibility, once our ball of dust finally settles!

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

In John chapter fourteen we find Jesus discussing about His soon to come confrontation with Satan through the hands of Judah, and his later arrest and crucifixion. In all certainty, the words of Jesus are more emphatic in the Greek. In His own words He says, “The prince of the cosmos comes, and it is impossible for him to have even have the tiniest connection with me.”

It goes to say then, that the more that we die to self, so that the magnificent person of Christ is revealed in us, the more and more that the devil will find it impossible to have even the tiniest connection with us.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The true Greek interpretation; we have overcome Satan by means of the blood of the lamb and by means of the word of our martyrdom.

The word for testimony in our New Testament is repeatedly found to be our English word, “martyrdom.”

Satan and his minions will forever grasp, cling, torment, and torture us as long as he finds unrepented of sin, and lingering bondage and hurts from our past. Only the cross of Christ, through the death of our sinful self, will free us from all of this. This in turn will cause Satan to lose his deceptive hold upon us.

The activity of the cross works in direct proportion to our obedience to the voice of God, and the Word of God.

The word of our testimony is not a simple spewing out of scriptural verses upon the enemy. It is a confession of what the cross has done and doing in our lives. Only then, will our words be backed up with the authority of a resurrected life that emerged from martyrdom. The devil cannot touch resurrection life and will back away from us.

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Children Of The Onion


I will describe now one of my biggest battles in dying to my old life and having the Christ in me take full control.  Until today, I was still one of those children of the onion. Let me explain.

Suffice it to say that the battles will never be over, and Christ will never be in full control, until we get to the other side of that “sweet by and by.”

I can say, however, that the one huge stronghold of my control over that of Christ’s fell today.

Any area where our lives are not under the loving control of Christ is one area where the demonic will have its spidery legs wrapped around our soul, health, wealth, and body.

I call it spidery, because recently, God has revealed demons as spiders. Spiders do not have to move much. They are simply there. They suck the life out of you. They roost on top of the sin which you love. They slowly destroy you from this beach head of sin. From there, they weave their spidery webs in the recesses of your soul.  Their long legs wrap themselves into the subconscious areas, and by them, create fortresses of hostility towards God, all in your mind.

The work of demons is obscure. Demons are onion lovers. They hide in onions.  These onions are their cocoons. These types of onions are sins. As the layers of sin peel off, as that of an onion, the demon spider is finally exposed, and Christ expels it out from your life. At the core of every onion called sin, there is always a demon. He is the last one to come out, and only when you have pealed the onion, with the knife of repentance. You can never get to the demon, until you get to the sin. You can never get to the sin as long as you love it.  As long as the onion is there, the demon is right in there, too. The only knife that works is that of repentance.

Demons make you feel that you are the one with the problem.  You are the one who is sick. You are the one who is anxious. You are the one who is ADD. When in fact it’s his attack. He will wound you by means of the spidery legs which work from the shadowy cocoon of sin’s onion.

This well hid spider deceives you.  Its deceptions create a false identity which you embrace.  The identity could be to become famous, or rich, take up a cause, or extol your personal rights, or worse still, to disobey God.

It could be a need to stay sick, in self-pity, to be a martyr, a victim, one who is offended, depressed or unable to forgive.  These breed negative attention. Others attend to you because you are a victim, a martyr, or someone who is ill.

This identity becomes a fortress, a citadel in your mind. You live and die for it. I was still holding to a false identity. Worse still, I was wishing for this identity, and asking God to make me into the person who owned it. This false person had become me. We call this a pseudo fantasy, a false imagination. We idolize our imaginations and fantasies and what we create in them.

The only real identity is Christ in me. Every other identity must die. Every other identity bows its knee to Christ.  Demons only respect Christ. They don’t respect me, or my false fantasies. They don’t respect any other identity, except the one which Christ has, and which is Christ.

So as long as you love any sin, remember that it is an onion, which has a demon at its core and which is still preying on you.  You are still the children of the onion.

The Four Keys To Spiritual Warfare


Ephesians 2:2 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:

Many of us imagine that Ephesians chapter two is Paul’s discussion focusing on unbelievers. I disagree.

This particular verse is in the present participle.

The verse translates as  “the sons of disobedience energize the scheme of the devil on a continuous basis.”

The word for disobedience is being non-compliant, stubborn, defiant, drawing a line on the sand.

If a Christian is continually non compliant in an area of his or her life, will he or she energize the works of the devil, or is it the one who does not believe in Jesus?

I believe that there is no difference; the devil is a legalist. He will always get in wherever he is given an open door.

I also feel that the same degree of obedience or disobedience to the Lord, will result in the same degree of energizing or disengaging the works of the devil.

Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

We are encouraged here to take the armor of God and “having done all to stand, to stand therefore.”

“Having done all” is the word “katergazomai.’

Simply stated, “having done all, to stand,” is wonderfully depicted by the cartoons of the coyote and the road runner.

In one of their many scuffles, as a ball of dull is kicked up, both of these guys always got lost in their dusty fights. When the dust finally settles, the road runner usually remained standing.

This is exactly what it means to “having done all, to stand.”! We must fight by the Spirit without compromise, or without discouragement, until we remain standing victoriously; as Satan, sin and the world lay scattered at our feet in full visibility, once our ball of dust finally settles!

John 14:30 Hereafter I will not talk much with you: for the prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me.

In John chapter fourteen we find Jesus discussing about His soon to come confrontation with Satan through the hands of Judah, and his later arrest and crucifixion. In all certainty, the words of Jesus are more emphatic in the Greek. In His own words He says, “The prince of the cosmos comes, and it is impossible for him to have even have the tiniest connection with me.”

It goes to say then, that the more that we die to self, so that the magnificent person of Christ is revealed in us, the more and more that the devil will find it impossible to have even the tiniest connection with us.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

The true Greek interpretation; we have overcome Satan by means of the blood of the lamb and by means of the word of our martyrdom.

The word for testimony in our New Testament is repeatedly found to be our English word, “martyrdom.”

Satan and his minions will forever grasp, cling, torment, and torture us as long as he finds unrepented of sin, and lingering bondage and hurts from our past. Only the cross of Christ, through the death of our sinful self, will free us from all of this. This in turn will cause Satan to lose his deceptive hold upon us.

The activity of the cross works in direct proportion to our obedience to the voice of God, and the Word of God.

The word of our testimony is not a simple spewing out of scriptural verses upon the enemy. It is a confession of what the cross has done and doing in our lives. Only then, will our words be backed up with the authority of a resurrected life that emerged from martyrdom. The devil cannot touch resurrection life and will back away from us.

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