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Prayer: The Most Effective Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance Weapon And Tactic

Posted by Job on July 3, 2010

And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a [certain] man, kneeling down to him, and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water. And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him. Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me. And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out? And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting. Matthew 17:14-21

Much has been written in the area of spiritual warfare and deliverance. Some of it is based on scripture, some on experience, some on things taught and handed down, some on what purports to be revelation, some on conjecture, and usually the final product is some combination of these things. I do not deny that these techniques cannot yield results, because that would be denying what I have seen with my own eyes and borne witness to with my own testimony. However, “whatever works” cannot be the basis of sound Christian belief and practice. A good reason for this is simple: “results may vary!” In the scientific community, one of the major tests used to establish and verify a theory using experiments or observation is repeatable results. Since the results of the various spiritual warfare techniques, strategies and methods do in fact vary – a fact that the teachers and proponents of these methods freely admit – we cannot rely on unreliable experientialism for our Christian doctrine and practice. Instead, we must rely on the Bible. The Bible is God’s unique, Holy Spirit inspired revelation that is inerrant, infallible and the final authority in all things. So, even though the varying results is enough to justify being suspect of a lot of the spiritual warfare and deliverance teachings, the truth is that the doctrine of scripture means that Christians should not rely on practices and beliefs not supported in scripture even if they did work every time. So even if it does work, then what profit is it if the “work” is not of God and does not glorify God? The purpose of Christian living is to serve and glorify God, not to do the things that we want to do and believe that should be done ourselves. As the Bible is the final authority and is 100% infallible, then the Bible gives us perfect instructions on how to live to serve and glorify God in all areas. The Bible is what teaches us, and the Bible is what we must use to teach others.

So, based on the revelation of Jesus Christ as given to us in the Bible – and the purpose of the entirety of scripture is to reveal Jesus Christ – the best, surest way and the starting point for all spiritual warfare and deliverance is prayer. Prayer is the first and best weapon against the evil one and his forces. Consider, for instance, the Lord’s prayer.

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as [it is] in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. Matthew 6:9-13 and also Luke 11:2-4

How many of you knew that this was a spiritual warfare and deliverance prayer? It is. For one thing, it deals with forgiveness of sin, as it asks that our own sins be forgiven by God AND that we forgive the sins of others. Failure to forgive the sins of others, especially against us, leads to anger and resentment that Ephesians 4:26-27 tells us “gives a place to the devil.” For another, it asks that God’s will be done on earth as it is in heaven, and it is certainly God’s will for evil spirits and their influence to be bound, hindered, cast out and defeated (Matthew 12:28, Luke 11:20). But there is also a more direct reference. “Deliver us from evil” in the Lord’s prayer not only means “keep us from sin” (with all the spiritual warfare things that go along with sinning) but many expert theologians and Bible scholars follow Martin Luther in asserting that “deliver us from evil” should read “deliver us from the evil one”, which is Satan.

Now Martin Luther was not one to deny that Christians in our time need to directly confront unclean spirits. Quite the contrary, Luther claimed to have seen Satan and thrown a bottle of ink at him! (Small wonder that a current popular trend – or evil spirit – of deception moving through modern Christianity is to attack Martin Luther and claim that the Reformation, the exodus from the darkness of Roman Catholicism, was a mistake!) So, the Lord’s Prayer is quite literally and unquestionably a direct, powerful spiritual warfare and deliverance prayer. It petitions that God would overcome the presence and effects of sin and evil spirits in our lives. It even addresses the area most often neglected by spiritual warfare teachers, which is the flesh or the old man which still exerts a negative influence on born again Christians as described in Romans 5-7 when asking God to help us to forgive others, and in particular not to view the transgressions of others against us personally more prominently than we view our own transgressions against God. What stronger impulses of the flesh are there than hypocrisy and self-centeredness? And this prayer also explicitly directly asks for protection from all evil spirits through a reference to their leader, Satan. And as Jesus Christ explained in Matthew 12:24-30, being protected from Satan means being protected from all evil spirits.

However, the importance and primacy of prayer in spiritual warfare is often overlooked. Instead, the commonly advised and emulated strategy is to imitate the actions of Jesus Christ and His apostles during their spectacular encounters with evil spirits, and also to mix in things learned from other teachings and our own experiences. In doing so, we ignore that the most repeated and striking thing concerning the ministry of Jesus Christ was His prayer life. His ministry began with 40 days of fasting and prayer in the wilderness, and the gospels make it clear that seeking the will of God the Father in prayer was far more prominent in the ministry of Jesus Christ than all the sermons, exorcisms and miracles put together. To put it better, Jesus Christ came not so much to preach and perform miracles and exorcisms as He did to do the will of God the Father, and so Jesus Christ only preached, performed miracles and did exorcisms when it was the will of God the Father that He do so. When it was not the will of God the Father for Him to do so, Jesus Christ did no sermons, miracles or exorcisms, because even being God in the flesh with power and being deserving of praise and glory Himself, had Jesus Christ done those things of His own accord or on His own initiative, God the Father would not have been glorified, and Jesus Christ would have thereby sinned. (Of course, we know that Jesus Christ, being God, cannot sin.) And this was how Satan tempted Jesus Christ during His time of fast … by attempting to get Jesus Christ to take an action apart from the will and direction of God. It was the same temptation that Satan gave to Adam. Where Adam failed, Jesus Christ succeeded. And Christians are to follow Jesus Christ’s success and not Adam’s failure. Follow Adam, and man is glorified. Follow Jesus Christ and God is glorified. To God alone be the glory!

That is why spiritual warfare and deliverance must begin with and be dominated by prayer. We cannot take initiative or authority upon ourselves. We cannot presume to know, for instance, if the issue that we are addressing is motivated by evil spirits in the first place. We also cannot presume the manner and time in which God desires the evil spirit to be cast out. Further, we cannot even presume that God wants the evil spirit to be driven off in the first place! A powerful example of this is the thorn in the flesh described by Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.

And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

Now there has been a lot of needless conjecture as to what exactly the “thorn in the flesh” was, but this is only because people have such difficulty believing what the text plainly says, often for doctrinal reasons. But it is clear: “the messenger of Satan” is clearly in the Greek “the angel of Satan”, and we all know that angels of Satan are evil, unclean spirits, or demons. Now for some people, the idea that a born again Christian, an apostle no less, would be tormented by a demon is doctrinally troublesome. For others, the wording of the passage makes it appear as “there was given to me” means that God gave the demon to Paul, which would seem to charge God with being responsible for temptation or evil where scripture tells us that God cannot be the author of evil. However, this stunning passage does recall how God allowed and used Satan in His dealings with Job in the Old Testament. Just as God allowed Satan to attack Job in the Old Testament for purposes that glorified God and ultimately were a blessing to Job, God allowed one of Satan’s demons to do the same regarding the apostle of Jesus Christ Paul. So then, it would not have been to the will of God or glory of God to drive this evil spirit from oppressing or tormenting Paul. Please recall: the evil spirit could not possess Paul because Christians are possessed and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. So, the demon could only afflict Paul.

And please note that Paul first sought the Lord in prayer concerning the evil spirit. Scripture does not record failed attempts at spiritual warfare and deliverance by Paul concerning the demon, and we cannot presume that these failed attempts existed because the Bible does not record them. Instead, it records Paul’s asking God three times for permission to drive the demon away, and God denying this permission for His own sovereign, God-glorifying purposes which were in service to God’s plan to conform Paul into the image of Jesus Christ! So let us not be deceived. These are not matters to be trifled with. Christians in the spiritual warfare and deliverance ministries must not act according to presumption, self-will and self-initiative. Instead, we must be guided and directed by God’s Holy Spirit. Being Holy Spirit-led and Holy Spirit-filled requires much preparation in ways that include prayer, Bible study, fellowship and good works which are conducive to spiritual maturity in advance (Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting) and also seeking God’s will during the necessary time. Note that I did not say during the time of spiritual confrontation with the forces of evil, for God must permit and instruct us when and whether He wants us to participate in such spiritual confrontations to begin with. Again, it is God’s will that is being done, not ours. It is God that is being glorified, not us. And we are acting in accordance to God’s sovereign will and not our own desires or feelings. This is why we must rely on prayer. We must humble ourselves and submit ourselves to God’s design, God’s plan, and God’s actions through prayer. Otherwise, we take rash actions of self-interest and self-will as did King Saul, who failed to wait on the Lord and found his kingdom and life – and those of his sons – taken from him.

Returning to apostle Paul, spiritual warfare and deliverance ministers have centered on the Ephesians 6:10-17 as one of their favorites for study and practice.

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high [places]. 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. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Regrettably, one of the reasons for this is that this passage, when taken incautiously, can invite the flesh to imagine oneself in the manner of this strong, mighty righteous and powerful HUMAN warrior image against the forces of evil, an image that we have seen reinforced time and time again in secular Hollywood movies and TV shows. Incautious and out of contexts readings and applications of this passage may cause us to think that in the Name of Jesus Christ WE have the power, WE have the authority, WE have the dominion, WE can challenge and take over strongholds and defeat the enemy, and that in doing so God’s will shall be done and He shall be glorified. This is indeed the doctrines of many popular spiritual warfare and deliverance teachers. However, such self-seeking presumption is not coming in the Name of Jesus Christ at all, but instead coming in our own name. It is so tempting to reject the counsel of those who actually do come in the Name of Jesus Christ and instead come in their own names (see John 5:43), but reject it we must. For Jesus Christ said that all who call on His Name, even all who cast out devils and do great works using His Name are not truly His. People who use the Name of Jesus Christ in accordance with self-seeking are not Jesus Christ’s sheep, because though they call on the Name of God, like Adam they are following after their own hearts. Instead, Jesus Christ’s sheep will be people who are after God’s heart, so they will seek direction from God and patiently wait on God before they act. The identifying fruit of the spiritual warfare and deliverance minister who is God’s sheep is one who exhibits patience, humility and submission in seeking the will of God lest he sin and lead others into sin, and not one who rushes in according to his own human desires and limited knowledge and misuses and misappropriates the Name of Jesus Christ carelessly, recklessly, proudly and selfishly. Instead of seeking to take authority and power after the manner of human rulers, we should be seeking to submit ourselves to, rely upon and glorify God after the manner of God’s humble servants, including the one Jesus Christ who emptied Himself, came to earth as a man, suffered humiliation and rejection, and was slain for our sins in our place on the cross, and was raised for our justification. It is the manner of the humble Jesus Christ who was raised from the dead and is blessed forever that we should emulate and identify with, and not the manner of proud, presumptive, arrogant and self-willed humanity, or for that manner of the tempter and deceiver of humanity Satan, who in his presumption decided that he would be like the Most High (Isaiah 14:14). Make no mistake, but in doing anything, including spiritual warfare, without first making certain that we are doing God’s will and not man’s, we are emulating not Jesus Christ in His submission and sacrifice  to the glory of God, but Satan in his mad and failed attempt at being a usurper of God’s glory. From such, spiritual warfare and deliverance minister, turn away!

Instead, turn your attention to the oft-neglected end of the “put on the whole armor of God” passage, which is verse 18, which reads “Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” It clearly shows that the primary and main ingredient to spiritual warfare, to putting on the whole armor of God for confrontations against the enemy, is “praying always in asking to the Holy Spirit.” We are to always pray so that we can ask of the Holy Spirit that indwells all Christians concerning the Will of God. Without receiving and submitting to the will of God in spiritual warfare (or anything else) we aren’t performing spiritual warfare at all, but instead proud, self-seeking and harmful bombast that resists the Holy Spirit, misuses the Name of Jesus Christ, dishonors His sacrifice on the cross and refuses to glorify God the Father.  Thus, so-called spiritual warfare that rejects prayer in supplication to the Holy Spirit before, during and after is nothing more than an abomination against the Holy Trinity in clear, explicit ways.

One should note that the primacy of prayer in spiritual warfare is given at the end of both Matthew 17:14-21 and of Ephesians 6:10-18. One also notes that no explicit references to prayer seem to be made in many of the New Testament exorcism narrative accounts and references. That is indeed curious, as one would think that in Matthew 17:14-21 and Ephesians 6:10-18 that the most important thing would come first as a lead instead of coming last, and also that there would be a stronger correlation depicted between prayer and spiritual warfare. This is still more evidence of how spiritual things often do not conform to our human expectations. It is a test of our faith, of our faithfulness, of our humility and submission to see if we will study the whole counsel of God as revealed in scripture. To see if we will seek God in spirit and in truth as He commanded us to so. To answer the door of our hearts when He stands and knocks so that He will come in, sup with us, and teach us the truth. Those of us truly interested in knowing and serving God will search, notice and find these things so that we can go about performing spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry – and please recall that ministry means service, and that it is service to God first and then to man – God’s way. Those who are not will cut corners, interpret passages out of context and selectively, and do whatever we can in order to claim to be serving God in God’s way when they will really be serving themselves in their own way.

So I ask and challenge you spiritual deliverance and warfare minister. In what way have you been serving in your ministry before now? And in what way will you serve in your ministry in the future?

26 Responses to “Prayer: The Most Effective Spiritual Warfare And Deliverance Weapon And Tactic”

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  3. ELILA said

    Hello my name is Elila and I am asking for prayer for my son Mike Allen who has been going through spiritual warfare for about 5 or more years now. We took him to several Doctors and they’ve done numerous tests on him and they still don’t know what’s wrong with him. He himself said that he needs prayer because he’s possessed. Please I’m asking for continuous prayer for him in the name of Jesus from my brother’s and sisters in Christ, thank you. If for any reason you need to contact me please email me at rererenee@yahoo.com.

  4. nickey said

    hey my name is nickey i am going through so serious problems right now , the people in my area is do me spiritual wickedness i need some help please i am only thinking bad things and want to kill my self please help me

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    • christy curry said

      Nicky,you don’t need to kill anyone or yourself because a child of God must not kill in size or shape . You have taken the right step to speak through this medium.Try and get more help.I also believe the saints will be praying for you.take it easy and put your trust in Him.

  5. Adriaan said

    I am in love with a girl for 3 years but suspects she is possessed by Jezebel spirit and witchcraft and rebellion operated through her.Please pray for her and pray prayers of deliverance as led By The Holy Spirit.Her name is Frida.

  6. nombuso zulu said

    I’m amazed at the article. I came accross a lady from our church who claims that she attended a service she tought it was to worship and honor God, only to find herself in the midst of devil worshippers. As a pastor, I asked God for wisdom in assisting her. I couldn’t think of much but, applying the Blood of Christ over her as well as I was in my spirit reminded of Our Father prayer, and the part that says: Deliver us from all evil. I thought that was the master prayer for deliverance. On searching the net for a deliverance prayer, your site was the first site I opened and it endorsed the prayer most of us have ignored: our Father who art in heaven.

    Thanks for the article. God bless!!!

  7. Mario Abel said

    Amen. Praise the Lord our God. Glory to him🙂

  8. This truly blessed me. Thx

  9. miss darnell davis said

    please pray for my family i am under a spirital warfare. please pray for me i am full of negative thoughts.

  10. nomonde said

    i will read all these scriptures,and hear what the holy spirit wants to tell me.i want to serve God with a clean heart,so that i can do his work with a clean&holy heart,whatever work he wants me to do.i know he has a good purpose for my life..

  11. Hi there, very good article, you have made some excellent points, and confirmed what I have already found out by experience. That when I think an evil thought, or even angry thought, then something will go wrong. Especially when I am riding my dirt bike. I believe that this is God disciplining me to put these these thoughts to death and hence, the old man.
    Funny thing was, once I got a big bruise on my arm and there was a white cross in the middle of it.
    There was one thing that I don’t agree with, the trinity, as taught by the Catholic Church.
    Jesus is God’s son, He is not the Father, He came to point us back to the Father.
    He was the beginning of all creation, but just as Eve was taken from Adam, she was a part of Adams own body etc, then Jesus was taken from God’s own self.
    When God said “Let there be light”, Jesus came into being.
    The Holy Spirit, is God’s Spirit, the Spirit of Christ, is Jesus’ Spirit.
    Just as Adam and Eve come together in marriage to become one, the Father and the Son come together as one, just as we are called to do in John 17, to become one with God and Jesus.
    Jesus doesn’t accept the glory from men, He seeks to glorify the Father. (John 5:41)
    If He sought to be worshipped, then He would be making the same mistake as Satan. Only worship God, this was also Christ’s message.
    When we do works in Jesus name, we glorify the Father and He glorifies the Son.
    All we do should be to Glorify God, and when we do things in Jesus name, He is glorified, but it is a mistake to worship Jesus, as He will not accept it.
    Get rid of all the Catholic doctrines and follow the Word, as you already do.
    There is no evidence of the trinity in the Bible.
    The Father and Jesus are one, in the Spirit, just as husband and wife are one in the spirit, this is the mystery of marriage and the picture of our relationship to Jesus and the Church, that we would be one with Him.
    One big happy family.
    Cheers.

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  13. Mitch Rapp said

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  14. Montee Simpson Jr. said

    Head aches are a form of witch craft that is used on almost everyone. When you wake up and your arm in is a state where there is no circulation is a form of witch craft. Muscle spasms, any form of harm or sickness is witch craft. I want to be saved, I want to be filled with the holy spirit, but the way my mind is designed tends to prevent my spiritual maturity in christ. Many people do not know that as we live right now this ia our second and final chance at eternal life or eternal death. My lifestyle is contradictory to God’s teachings, I tend to swear and participate in lustful activities like mastrubation and fornication. I want to remain dedicated to God, but in the end I sell myself short by giving on to Satan… there must be a way to fight him mentally. If anyone has any suggestions please comment.

  15. Thank u to the Mighty God by sending his angels tonight and made me surf the net and brought me to this site. Its now several years of trials and tribulations I always ask myself why is this happening when things are going astray. My son thamsanqa mdlalose is going astray its now the forth year since I discovered that he is addicted to dagga all these yrs he went through trouble but he struggles to quit and my home is always in problems we have been to several doctors and prophets to try and rescue our family me and my husband. Sometimes when we see light. Something hectic occurs and distructs us. I pray today that I am standing in for my family that all the evil sprit that has been cast on my family be destroyed by fire and by force by God. I pray that God protect us always and that thamsanqa be comitted to school and all the demons that tells him to bunk classed be demolished now and forevermore is Jesus name I pray Amen

  16. shelby said

    I came here in search for some answers, I suppose. I’ve been struggling for just a few months (not very long compared to some people) with the spiritual warfare. After this time I’ve spent struggling with corrupt thoughts that I know are wrong and problem with patience, truth and faith, I’ve gotten to understand the way God is working in my life (just a fraction). I know I’ll never truly be able to understand because I am only human but sometimes it is nice to just hear the truth spoken and read of His love for me. The Bible says that His thoughts turn to me multiple times a day and I know I’m not deserving of it but I will more than gladly accept the Love of the Great and Powerful Loving Lord. Whoever is reading this, I just want you to know you are not the only one suffering out there. This world is corrupt and full of evil but we have been promised, by the Almighty God, of life everlasting. There is deliverance. We just have to accept that it is true and put it into action. God wants us to spend time trying to know Him deeper and sometimes that means going throw some very very sad times. When you praise Him through the storm and keep your faith (even when you don’t really want to), God sees that your heart wants to please Him and He sees the intention of your heart which is the true you. You are loved by the One Who created everything that your eyes will ever see. Thank Him for everything you have and even don’t have because nothing happens to you or anyone unless He allows it. Sometimes the best prayers are the unanswered ones. I’ll be the first to say that my struggling prayers recently have not been answered but I know it is coming one day. I know I will be delivered because it is promised to me. Amen.
    God bless you and your journey.
    May all of us be given mercy.

  17. The watchers are the nephilim and are also fallen angels. They perverted all things including the book of Enoch. Jeshua Ben Josef who is Jesus came to set us free from their judgements by Enoch. These demonic
    Watchers are still here. They will torment because the church fell away from the original teachings of God. Seers can see the dimensions we share with these abusive spirits. Only the word of God and the power of the Holy spirit can eradicate such strongmen. Do your homework.
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  18. Robert said

    Pray and pray whatever u need do in front God’s eyes, sayin scream and words out of your mouth whatever God can hearing your heart with very humble, God will answer u.. I’ll pray you all…Glory Christ..Amen..

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  20. Abbey said

    Please pray for me guys I’m going through some hard times it’s as if my mind is the devil himself I love God with all my heart but my mind keeps on saying disgusting things about Jesus and terrible images in my mind about him I’m so scared my mind itself is rebelling against me as if it’s trying to make me hate the beloved Lord and Savior I know that Jesus loves me and that he’s not cruel at all but these thoughts keep shooting nasty sentences about him like saying he’s cruel and blasphemes against our God I’m so scared

  21. Myrtle said

    I don’t know where to start my family has changed so much my sister started acting strange which that wasn’t enough to break my heart then we noticed our nieghbor was changing I live in a trailer court community used to be a nice place but now I have to make drastic changes to keep me and my husband safe they pick at our doors they even get under our home and constantly have to hear what our conversation are please help us I have tried everything I prayed but the demons won’t go away yours truly Mrs persinger

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  24. HB Christo said

    Longer form response.
    Bigger picture, little picture.

    Two Parts, First the overall problem with taking Scripture apart from the Spirit behind it, Second how Spiritual Warfare is utterly undermined.

    Pt 1 —– Big Picture, recent Church History/ Evangelical Response to Revival Suggestions

    Alright, whilst so called conservative evangelicals CLAIM to stand on the Word of God you will find many of them go to great lengths to demonstrate they have quoted a Scripture

    … and then proceed to UTTERLY EMASCULATE that Scripture of all of its applications of both the meanings behind them … and also the Spirit behind it.

    Take for example Acts 2 where the Spirit is poured out, the Winds, the Fire etc
    … they will take it and USE IT to prove how the “charismata” of the church is dishonoring Biblical Theology – the most popular technique in Biblical/ prophetic/ teaching emasculation – expecting the Spirit to be revealed in the exact same way today. Pointing at Church Services where it seems the entire event is completely out of control, and uncritical.

    However, such an approach – whilst appearing to be a fair way of critiquing such charismatic/ Spirit led etc styled meetings –
    runs a VERY REAL RISK of what ?
    You guessed it
    … “Blaspheming the Holy Spirit.”

    And what IS that ??? … well it’s basically saying the work of the Holy Spirit is demonic. Whether at the local church, Benny Hinn/ RHBrowne esque events … or anywhere.

    For example when the Rodney Howard Browne Revival-esque 1990s events went from Canada around the world, there would be the “slaying in the Spirit” … but ALSO some would vomit
    … and ACT OUT in very theatrical ways (barking, quacking etc)

    However, to the so called “Biblical Elite” … it would ALL get run over with the same brush. And rather than saying “Maybe yes, maybe no … We don’t know”
    … it’s written off and dismissed. Rather than maybe asking was God calling the Word of God Church to obey on deliverance and Spirit led ministry as well?

    And in the Conservative Evangelical world where Deliverance of Demons for the average Church Goer is dismissed because of YOU GUESS IT … the “Christians don’t have demons” ONE-LINER
    … However, Christians have some of the worst “demons of Religion” because they think their one liner “Jesus is my Lord and Savior” means that’s it and there is nothing more to do. Jobs over and my One liner Prayer ticks every box, and my Evangelical Teachers tell me I’m fine thanks very much.

    And spiritual warfare is beneath us educated people, they essentially think. Or just don’t think … at all. It’s finished. Sunday service is enough.

    They think because Jesus said “it is finished” … the battle on earth for His followers is done as well.

    Well, as far as salvation is concerned it might SEEM that way … but if someone is NOT walking in the Spirit, NOT dealing with their demons and curses, NOT praying in the Spirit … are they deceiving themselves by spewing out cheap Jesus prayers ? Or ritualistic eucharist activities.

    They basically don’t believe the Bible which speaks of Jesus delivering people of demons … an entire 1/3 of His ministry or a supernatural worldview.

    Well, in the beginning of a persons walk with the Lord, yes, they are saved … but as they continue … can they continue to walk in unbelief and remain “in the Lord”?

    Well repenting of unbelief of the open supernatural world view of the Bible is one thing, acting it is another – and THAT MEANS DELIVERANCE.

    Pt.2 ———–

    Now “Job”, like every conservative evangelical, does a very good job at quoting the so called Spiritual Warfare Scriptures
    … but the real question for ALL OF YOU is to ask whether he does what everyone else in that group does
    … does He emasculate the intent and Spirit of those Scriptures?

    There are always tell tale signs that someone IS about to do it … and often it is prefaced by some sort of disclaimer that there might be evidence to EXPERIENTIALLY display the opposite being true … but will still nonetheless go ahead and emasculate it.

    But does “Job” do it here? Meaning does the Conservative Evangelical world have a “tried and true” methodology to keep Spiritual Warfare activities in their place ? To keep agreement on advances in this area from being achieved ?

    Does “Job” use the Cross to justify emasculating what CAN BE
    … a very colorful world which can be seen visually in services of charismatic churches ?

    Does “Job” refer to Spiritual Warfare as an act of pride ?

    Does “Job” refer to the modalities of Christ’s presumed humility with regards to confronting demons ?

    In answer, yes, seems to be the answer here.

    Please of ALL the tactics used the one which can be the most effective is the use of the so called “humility of Christ”
    … with a subtle reference to “manner”.

    This is code for behavior and is ESSENTIALLY a naked and political endorsement of the “spirit of religion and control” in church culture and community life.

    Notice the method of wrapping up the conversation:
    “One should note that the primacy of prayer in spiritual warfare is given at the end of both Matthew 17:14-21 and of Ephesians 6:10-18. One also notes that no explicit references to prayer seem to be made in many of the New Testament exorcism narrative accounts and references. That is indeed curious, as one would think that in Matthew 17:14-21 and Ephesians 6:10-18 that the most important thing would come first as a lead instead of coming last, and also that there would be a stronger correlation depicted between prayer and spiritual warfare

    …. This is still more evidence of how spiritual things often do not conform to our human expectations. It is a test of our faith, of our faithfulness, of our humility and submission to see if we will study the whole counsel of God as revealed in scripture. To see if we will seek God in spirit and in truth as He commanded us to so. To answer the door of our hearts when He stands and knocks so that He will come in, sup with us, and teach us the truth. Those of us truly interested in knowing and serving God will search, notice and find these things so that we can go about performing spiritual warfare and deliverance ministry – and please recall that ministry means service, and that it is service to God first and then to man – God’s way. Those who are not will cut corners, interpret passages out of context and selectively, and do whatever we can in order to claim to be serving God in God’s way when they will really be serving themselves in their own way.

    Again notice how instead of allowing the possibilities of endorsable and verifiable Christian doctrine on Spiritual Warfare can be established “Job” essentially seeks to divorce Prayer from “Speaking the Word”/ Actions of Faith/ Activities of New Testament:
    prayer (as being the higher holy act)
    and yet, astonishingly, shows complete ignorance of
    a believer SPEAKING the Word of God
    (Ps. “angels harken to the Word of God”)

    “This is still more evidence of how spiritual things often do not conform to our human expectations. It is a test of our faith, of our faithfulness, of our humility and submission to see if we will study the whole counsel of God as revealed in scripture.

    Notice what “Job, like the entire so called Conservative Evangelical, are doing here is essentially saying:
    you don’t understand the Bible like we do, even if it does say to you what it IS saying to you, you need more humility

    The fact is this: this community are EXPERT at undermining the Scriptures which open this subject up like you wouldn’t believe.

    ——
    For example, Jesus put mud in a blind mans eyes which he made with His spit. (Giving personally/ Miracle) Gospels.

    Paul laid on a young man one on one (seems bizarre) and brought him back to life. (Gestures and Intentions) Acts.

    Jesus wrote on the ground. (Gesture.)

    Jesus spoke to demons. Gospels.
    ———

    What “Job” like others doesn’t seem to recognize is that the conservative evangelical community is guilty of dismissing ANY number of Scriptures which will endorse
    … very colorful and seemingly theatrical Christian activity and, hence, potentially verifiable Christian doctrine and belief.

    Now if the Spirit is not involved, yes, it can be a work of the flesh … and may result in not very much.

    ——-

    However, I would challenge anyone reading that claiming the Whole Counsel of God – whilst undermining Scriptures the Spirit may be using in a whole array of ways today for believers – is potentially a very dangerous and threatening thing to do to the Holy Spirit and therefore yourselves.

    And I would challenge that IF you think you can’t handle Spiritual Warfare … how do you think you can handle end times Revival when people who have had no deliverance from demons are suddenly delivered of a whole lot of them at once.

    It gets noisy, loud, messy … and THAT “Job” is yours and others real lack of humility … not the warriors dealing with the real problems here.

    You’re not as Biblically sound as you think you are. Hermeneutics won’t defend anyone against slandering the Holy Spirit … ultimately.

    HBC.

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