Luke 4:5-8 – “Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 6 And the devil said to Him, “All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. 7 Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.” 8 And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.'” NKJV
For a very long time I have been stirred in my heart and meditating on the matter of being Wimps, Warriors, and Spiritual Witchcraft. As I have considered this my heart has been crying out the see WHAT God wants, WHY this is happening, and WHAT we, as believers can do about it. The conviction of my heart is what is going to happen is going to be considered by man and much of the Church as Radical and Revolutionary. In my pursuit of understanding I have discovered a Spiritual Reality that is both provable in Scripture and has been and is being walked out experientially. Simply, that is there are Kingdoms, Thrones, and Dominions in the satanic kingdom in which there is a “Ranking Prince” (Strongman) that is operating in and over various geographic regions and influencing the lives of people, politics, economics, and health in those regions. (Ephesians 6:12; Colossians 1:16; 2:15).
These Kingdoms or Domains and their demonic princes are both detectable and discernable to the spiritual eye and ear. They are Defeatable (Colossians 2:15) and we discover that Jesus has “disarmed them”. (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). We, the Body of Christ, have the Weapons to stop them. Jesus identified the ‘strongman’ and what we can do. (Luke 11:21-22). We can BIND the strongman, SPOIL him, and PLUNDER his house. That sounds like a total victory to me! Hallelujah! That leads to the question, “Why then are so many cities, churches, homes, and lives being held captive and tormented by those forces of darkness?” If Jesus defeated the devil, took his weapons, and has placed in the hands of the church (believers) the Full Armor of God and the Complete Weaponry of the Spirit to enforce that victory won at the Cross – WHY does it often appear the exact opposite? Why does the Church often appear to be the one on the retreat and experiencing defeat? WHY?
I believe there are four primary reasons. We do not KNOW what we face. (We don’t know our enemy as fully as we should and can. It is tragic that there is no prophetic vision in the church and we suffer spiritual blindness.) We do not KNOW our inheritance. (We give mental assent to our victory but do not manifest genuine confidence or faith in its reality.) We do not KNOW how to operate in true biblical authority and order. We have ADOPTED an escapism mentality and have a hold the fort concept rather than more than conquerors confidence. I believe in the Coming of the Lord but I also know that He said OCCUPY and that is more than trying to hang on. I believe those four factors are reasons we continue to suffer rather than conquer.
Many churches and believers falter in one or more of those areas. The strongman laughs in our faces and refuses to back off. He knows that if we ‘resist in faith’ he has to flee but he knows that we do not KNOW that we KNOW the reality of God’s Promises. You may be an active member of a church, regular in attendance, contributions and read the Bible daily and pray diligently but have been taken captive (2 Timothy 2:26) and the lie prevails. The result is that the church is paralyzed in fear and living in a fort holding condition waiting to be rescued rather than plucking them as brands from the burning.
The question I have often asked is, “Does the devil have dominion over the world?” He said he does but the Bible says, “The earth is the Lord’s and all that it contains, the world and those who dwell in it.” Jesus said in Matthew 28:18, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth…” From that basis, He said, “GO YE THEREFORE…” So, WHO HAS AUTHORITY? The Bible says Jesus does and He has granted that authority to His followers. We testify that God does but in our practice and thoughts we often act or react like the devil does. How many times have you said or heard someone say, “The devil is on my back or attacking me.”? Where would you expect him to be or do? We testify that we believe God and voice our inheritance and insist we are willing to follow the cloud of God and enter into and possess the Place of Promise. BUT, we get a flat tire, a bad report, something breaks down, someone gets sick, money runs short, somebody gets their feeling hurt and become estranged from us and we WILT crawling into our holes and cry out in despair. “Oh, Lord, why have you forsaken me.” We question whether God cares, insist that the Word is not working and proclaim how much the devil is after us. I may upset somebody but that attitude is the attitude of a WIMP not a WARRIOR and is the result of SPIRITUAL WITCHCRAFT.
The devil knows that we fear him, WE TELL HIM. Bullies do not back away from Wimps they delight in tormenting them. We either receive the vision and revelation of TRUTH or we do not. We either take a stand on God’s word or we do not. We either stand in God’s truth or we do not. We will either be a Wimp or a Warrior and that is our choice. God stands ready to EMPOWER us, has PROVIDED for us, and will NEVER leave us. Come Holy Spirit we need you!
God, bless you richly is your pursuit of God’s Purposes!