An Updated Rerun 2009 Series
And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” (Acts 19:15)
In order to have authority over demonic forces in spiritual warfare, a believer must be known in two places: heaven and hell.
Being known in heaven comes at salvation with being a new creation. This is an act of grace by our Lord and has nothing to do with individual struggles or works on our parts. We are bought with a price and are then citizens of heaven.
On the other hand, being known in hell comes out of struggles, and then, eventual victories over demonic forces which have influenced and controlled us believers in various areas of our lives. The amount of authority we have will be directly proportional to the number of victories we have in our personal lives. Few or no victories will result in very little authority for us.
For instance, I knew a man who was part of a prayer group in a major Midwestern city. The prayer group began interceding against prostitution in his neighborhood and against the unclean spirits controlling the activity. But the man failed to mention to the group that he himself had a long standing problem with lust.
After a few days of prayer and fasting, prostitutes began knocking on his door day and night, offering their services to him free of charge. It almost drove him over the edge. He was forced to withdraw from the prayer group.
In Part 5, I stated that a religious spirit empowers and guides the Islamic Terrorists. And the only way to overcome this particular religious spirit is for a bunch of Radical Christians to somehow get free from the control of the religious principality which rules over our nation.
So, how do we get free from the religious principality’s control?
Most of us Christians will have to come out of our present churches in order to accomplish this feat. Next, we will have to go through wilderness experiences like Jesus did in His forty day fast and defeat Satan’s hold on our lives.
Then, if we survive these tough ordeals, we will be prepared for battle.
And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. (Luke 4:14)
(Continued in Part 12)