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1 Spiritual Warfare A Personal Testimony

2 Spiritual warfare is an awareness of the spiritual dynamics taking place around us in order to engage in spiritual conflict using our God given resources. Spiritual Warfare A Working Definition

3 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. Luke 13: 10-17 A Biblical Paradigm

4 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God. A Biblical Paradigm

5 Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, "There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.” The Lord answered him, "You hypocrites! Doesn't each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? A Biblical Paradigm

6 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?” When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing. A Biblical Paradigm

7 The battle embraces both doctrine and experience Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:12 ) Some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons (1 Timothy 4:1 ) Foundational Principles

8 The battle embraces both defensive and offensive Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7) The devil prowl around like a roaring lion… resist him. (1 Peter 5:7) From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. (Matthew 11:11-12) Foundational Principles

9 The battle entails both power and truth You are of your father the devil… When he lies he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies (John 8:44 “God anointed Jesus with the Holy Spirit and power… he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil because God was with him (Acts 10:38 Foundational Principles

10 The battle escalates through three levels Personal Ministry Territorial

11 We may foster a fascination with evil “Be wise about what is good and innocent about what is evil” (Romans 16:19) “Do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you but rejoice that your names are written in heaven” (Luke 10:20 ) Preliminary Cautions

12 We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due Preliminary Cautions

13 We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility Preliminary Cautions

14 We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties Preliminary Cautions

15 We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties We may substitute magic for the miraculous We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties We may substitute magic for the miraculous Preliminary Cautions

16 We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties We may foster a fascination with evil We may give the devil more than his due We may encourage irresponsibility We may incur casualties Preliminary Cautions

17 A basic motif - the divine warrior He is my God and I will praise him, my father’s God and I will exalt him. The Lord is a warrior; the Lord is his name. (Exodus 15:3) “The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle ” (Psalm 24:8) Old Testament Background

18 A basic motif - the divine warrior The battle is cosmic in scope The enemies of God are clearly defined Old Testament Background

19 Prohibited practices Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells or is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. (Deuteronomy. 18:10-11) Old Testament Background

20 Prohibited practices They made him jealous with their foreign gods and angered him with their detestable idols. They sacrificed to demons which are not God (Deut 32:16-17) Old Testament Background

21 A basic motif - the divine warrior Prohibited practices A test case - the story of Saul 1 Samuel 16 1Samuel 28 Old Testament Background

22 The synagogue (Mark 1:21-28) The Cemetery (Mark 5:1-20) Deliverance at a distance (Mark 7:24-29) The foot of the mountain (Mark 9:14-29) The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

23 The synagogue (Mark 1:21-28) –the emphasis on teaching –the issue of authority –the interchange with the demon world –the manifestations The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

24 The synagogue (Mark 1:21-28) The Cemetery (Mark 5:1-20) –presenting symptoms –the significance of the name –the request of the spirits “Hell’s Mouth” in the painting The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo c1541 Sistene Chapel The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

25 The synagogue (Mark 1:21-28 ) The Cemetery (Mark 5:1-20 ) Deliverance at a distance (Mark 7:24-29) –it involves a child –the child is not present –a caution expressed “Hell’s Mouth” in the painting The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo c1541 Sistene Chapel The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

26 The synagogue (Mark 1:21-28 ) The Cemetery (Mark 5:1-20) Deliverance at a distance (Mark 7:24-29) The foot of the mountain (Mark 9:14-29 ) – overt manifestations – the disciples ineffectiveness – the possibility of re-entry The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

27 The encounters explained: A Satanic Offensive Confusion (Matt 13:19) Counterfeit (Matt 13:24ff) The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

28 The encounters explained: A Divine Counteroffensive The strong man is bound (Mark 3:26-29) And stripped of his armour (Luke 11:17-20) The Gospels: 4 Crucial Incidents

29 Satan attacks the church (5:1-11) “How is it that Satan has filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit” (3) “Minos” in the painting The Last Judgement” by Michelangelo c1541 Sistene Chapel The Book of Acts

30 Satan attacks the church (5:1-11) Satan opposes evangelism - Simon in Samaria (8:9ff) - Bar- Jesus in Cyprus (13:6ff) - the slave girl in Philippi (16:16ff) The Book of Acts

31 Satan attacks the church (5:1-11) Satan opposes evangelism Satan uses occult practices (19:11-20) The Book of Acts

32 As a powerful enemy (2 Corinthians 4:4, Ephesians 6:12) As a persistent aggressor (1 Thessalonians 2:18) As a divine instrument (2 Corinthians 12:7) As a deceptive agent (2 Corinthians 2:11, 11:1-2,14) Paul’s Picture of Satan

33 Satan attacks the churches (2-3) The devil will throw you into prison (2:10) I know where you live.. Where Satan has his throne (2:13) The deep things of Satan (2:24) The synagogue of Satan (3:9) The Apocalypse

34 Satan inflicts pain When he opened the Abyss, smoke rose from it… out of the smoke locusts cam down upon the earth and they were given power… they were given power to torture them for five months…they had a king over them, the angel of the Abyss (Rev 9:2-10) The Apocalypse

35 Satan desires worship Men worshipped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast (Rev 13:4) The Apocalypse

36 Satan invades structures I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names (Rev 17:3) The Apocalypse

37 Satan experiences defeat (12:7-12 ) Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. The Apocalypse

38 Some Preliminary Issues Protecting ourselves Protecting our families Protecting our ministries Protecting our communities Building A Satan Proof Life

39 Corporate as well as individual Four areas of attack Satan’s timing is strategic Pray it on Two basic areas consistency of life style competence in the Word Putting On God’s Armour

40 New Age practices Aspects of witchcraft Increase in role playing games Secret societies Open Doors in Our Culture

41 Deal with weaknesses and wounds Practice inner healing Learn how to resist temptation Make your home a spiritual refuge Engage the ministry of angels Warfare at the Personal Level

42 Where are the weaknesses? Where is the woundedness? Where is the distorted thinking? Deal With the Weakness and The Wounds

43 Where is the distorted thinking? “A spiritual stronghold is a mind set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable something that is contrary to the will of God” (Ed Silvosa). Luke 1, Gen 18, 2 Cor 10, 1 Cor 11 Deal With the Weakness and The Wounds

44 Make significant preparation Use ministry time appropriately After the session Practice Inner Healing

45 Understand the dynamics Deal with any woundedness Use Word and Spirit Build in prayer and accountability Recognize the wisdom of flight Invite God in at the beginning Dealing With Temptation

46 Acts of cleansing Acts of consecration Acts of protection Make Your Home A Spiritual Refuge

47 They instruct us in warfare They assist us in warfare They instruct us in worship They can enlisted for service Ask For Angelic Intervention

48 Affirm your strengths Identify weaknesses Uncover memories Deal with corporate sin Discern areas of attack The Ministry /Church Level Do A Spiritual Assessment

49 Watch for spiritual counterfeits Evaluate your leaders Be alert to systemic evil Watch for “spiritual carriers” The Ministry /Church Level

50 Through the work of evangelism Through binding prayers Through prayer walks Through the use of the sacraments/ ordinances Aggressively Reclaim Territory

51 Energized by the Spirit “Pray in the Spirit on all occasions…” (Ephesians 6:19) “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express” (Romans 8:26-27) Practising Warfare Prayers

52 Energized by the Spirit Is aggressive, bold, compassionate “Save O Lord and have mercy on those that envy and affront me and do me mischief and do not let them perish through me.” Leanne Payne Practising Warfare Prayers

53 Energized by the Spirit Is aggressive, bold, compassionate Involves sending and receiving - bind the voice of the enemy - ask God to remove any preconceived ideas - wait in silence for the voice of God Practising Warfare Prayers

54 Energized by the Spirit Is aggressive, bold, compassionate Involves sending and receiving Is susceptible to abuse Practising Warfare Prayers

55 Is energized by the Spirit Is aggressive, bold, compassionate Involves sending and receiving Is susceptible to abuse Two O.T. illustrations Exodus 17 2 Chronicles 20 Practising Warfare Prayers

56 Occult involvement Sexual abuse/ trauma Ancestral involvement Persistent sin and inability to deal with problems Deliverance Ministry:Points of Entry

57 Altered state of consciousness Personality change Hostility toward spiritual things Clairvoyance Uncontrollable urges and anger Self mutilation Avoidance of eye contact Overt Symptoms

58 Unusual bizarre dreams Dissociative identity disorder (DID) Satanic ritual abuse (SRA) Overt Symptoms

59 Interview the client Are they spiritually prepared? Do they understand the procedure? Do they need to sign a consent form? Preparation for Ministry

60 Interview the client Assemble a team Look for compassionate people who are team players Look for discernment gifts Work with a small group Have them make spiritual preparation Preparation for Ministry

61 Interview the client Assemble a team Get prayer backup Ask people to pray for the team Ask them to pray for the client Preparation for Ministry

62 Interview the client Assemble a team Get prayer backup Set the time and place Don’t let the enemy determine these things Preparation for Ministry

63 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Establish a power base in the room Confront the spirits Expose the spirits Expel the spirits The Session Itself

64 Do preparation with your team Pray against anything coming against your team or their families The Session Itself

65 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise The Session Itself

66 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Are they willing to affirm the Lordship of Christ? Do they want all spirits to leave? The Session Itself

67 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Establish a power base in the room Cut off Call back The Session Itself

68 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Establish a power base in the room Confront the spirits The Session Itself

69 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Establish a power base in the room Confront the spirits Expose the spirits The Session Itself

70 Do preparation with your team Start with prayer and praise Reassure the client Establish a power base in the room Confront the spirits Expose the spirits Expel the spirits The Session Itself

71 Pray for filling and healing Give reassurance and instructions Have an ongoing contact made Follow up


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