Understanding Spiritual Warfare: A Recap of Territories
July 4, 2017
In the first phase of this study of Understanding Spiritual Warfare, I’ve covered two important areas, which I refer to as, “territories.” Territories are places of dominion, government or a stronghold.
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we have “been delivered from the power of darkness (kingdom of darkness), into the kingdom of His dear Son.” Colossions 1:13. As a result of this amazing miracle, we are now a priority for Satan, to disable us, because he is not going to take our translation lightly. Satan’s decisiveness to strategies and his plan against us, causes him to make every effort to shut us up, shut us off, and shut us down. Satan hates the Kingdom of God to advance, whether that be in our lives and/or our witness to others. He is determined to regain territory.
Having been delivered from the kingdom of darkness, we automatically are enlisted into God’s armed forces of purpose. As good soldiers we are required to go through training and discipleship, which enable us to reign. In other words, “training for reigning.”
No lone rangers here!
We are an army and must comply as such, and with the full intention of giving ourselves to it. We position our hearts that we may be equipped to do the work of the ministry so we can take back territories of the kingdom of darkness, that the kingdom of light will advance.
As good soldiers we are training, disciplining our minds to think like the Kingdom of God thinks, to speak like the Kingdom of God speaks, and demonstrate, or do what the Kingdom of God does.
Jesus said, “I only say what I hear the Father say, and I only do what I see the Father do.”
Our commission is to do likewise.
John 5:19 says, “…The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He seeth the Father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.”
Notice the words, “Of Himself.”
John 14:29 says, “For I have not spoken of Myself; but the Father which sent Me, He gave Me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak.”
Once again, notice the words, “Not spoken of Myself.” One of the truths in both of these passages is that Jesus was under the authority and will of His Father and did nothing out of His own initiative.
These verses speak volumes to me. They reveal to me where some of my biggest problems have come from, doing things myself, or “of my own.”
“Self” can be a huge problem.
That is why we have to discipline our thoughts and take them captive, along with crucifying the nature of our flesh or “self,” which is our evil twin. It allows us to bring our bodies under subjection to our spirit man.
When we join forces, my will to His will, through my relationship with Father God, I now become enabled to overcome whatever Satan throws my way.
David said, “With my whole heart have I sought Thee: O let me not wander from Thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee. Blessed art Thou, O LORD: teach me Thy statutes.” Psalms 119:10-12.
The definition of ”teach” in verse 12 is, “to learn; to exercise in.” The word “statutes” is defined as, “prescribed limits; boundaries.”
Love God’s Word!