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Battle Ready – Knowing Your Enemy Part 1

Today I want to remind you that you have a very real enemy who doesn’t rest and who waits like lion to attack!

Knowing your enemy can help you identify an attack when it’s coming or when it happens.

We need to be reminded that we are in a BATTLE!!!

We aren’t called to spend all our efforts focusing on the ENEMY, but we do need teaching on this topic as I believe we now live in a SPIRITUALLY diluted society that will tell you this realm doesn’t impact you.

YOU WILL NOT WIN ANYTHING UNLESS IT IS FIRST WON IN THE SPIRIT!

DID YOU KNOW THAT DEMONIC MANIFESTATIONS SHOULD BE A NORMAL SIGN FOLLOWING THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL!!
IT IS TRUE IN AFRICA, IT IS TRUE IN THE NT CHURCH, BUT WHY NOT IN TODAY’S WESTERNIZED CHURCHES?

A famous prophetic word written by Isiah thousands of years before Jesus would come. Jesus stands up in the temple and proclaims it and fulfils this in Luke 4:18
Isa 61:1
  The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison doors to those who are bound;

Isa 61:2  to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

Isa 61:3  to grant to those who mourn in Zion— to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he may be glorified.

 

The enemy is at constant work especially at night to command spirits and demonic forces to bring harvoc to mankind; to the saved and unsaved!!!

Spirits of Murder, anger, criticalness, selfish, coveting, Pornography, Homosexuality, Blasphemy, Witchcraft, Rebelion, Adictions, Adultery, Theft, Lying, Drunkenness, Gluttony etc

 

My concern today is this; we live in a society that questions Is There Really a demonic realm?

So Christians spend most of their life operating out of the physical realm only!!  Not desiring Spiritual Growth…battling life on a mere physical reaml…..
If you’re not FREE spirituallly…Can you get free on a physical realm?

Never was this the NT church like this…demonic activity would happen everywhere!!!  Messy stuff….people getting free…but it doesn’t fit in our nice orderly box of modern Christianity does it??

The start of Jesus ministry..deliverance and in the Church!
Mar 1:23  And immediately there was in the synagogue a man with an unclean spirit. And he cried out, Mar 1:24  “What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” Mar 1:25  But Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Be silent, and come out of him!” Mar 1:26  And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying out with a loud voice, came out of him.

This quote is repeated everywhere;

Mar 1:39  And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. 

Luk 10:17  The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” 

KEY: In the whole of the Old Testament, you will read everything the New Testament church had, accept one thing….there is NO account of casting out demons.

Luke 13:31-32 heal the sick, cast out demons. Jesus started this way and He ends this way. This is the earthly ministry

Mat 12:28  Jesus says “But if *I* by the Spirit of God cast out demons, then indeed the kingdom of God is come upon you”

Meaning that this is a distinctive declaration or a sign that the kingdom of God has now come!!!

Jesus command to His disciples were these four things;

Mat 10:7  And as you go preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 10:8  Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.

Question: Why would Jesus come to give authority to His people in the Spirit world for us not to use it or live it??

Battle Ready – Knowing Your Enemy