LOVE TABERNACLE MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL
Spiritual Warfare - Part 1
We have an Enemy
have an enemy, whose name was Lucifer, son of the morning (i.e., son of
the dayspring), that is, he was created by Jesus, to reflect light as
the moon does the Sun. But Lucifer was not the Light.
You will notice the five "I will" statements. Lucifer moved in pride trying exalt self over God.
art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art
thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou
hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my
throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the
congregation, in the sides of the north, I will ascend above the
heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be
brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
We refer to him as Satan (which means the adversary (who attacks)) and the Devil (the slanderer (who lies), the accuser).
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the
dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels, And prevailed not;
neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon
was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which
deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his
angels were cast out with him.
He seeks to Kill You
The devil is not a respecter of persons. He seeks to kill and
destroy every person on the face of the earth. He seeks to kill
devil tries to attack like a wolf against sheep. The first thing
the devil wants to do is separate/steal a person/sheep from the flock,
to isolate them (possibly through offense or sin) from the support and
protection of the shepherd and other sheep. The devil will then
run the sheep until it is so tired that it roll over and say "kill me"
("I cannot go on any more", "I just want to die", etc)... that is, they
give up to the fear/doubt/offense/sin, which stills the Life of Jesus
away, and brings judgment. And the devil will try to take their
eternal spirit to hell to be destroyed.
thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am
come that they might have life, and that they might have it more
Why? Because each and every person has the capability to receive
Jesus as Lord and walk in the authority of Jesus' name in victory over
the devil and all his forces. But you have to know the Word and
enforce the victory!
1 Peter 5:8
notice that it says "may" devour. He cannot go about doing
whatever he wants. He has to find those who are either in sin
(under judgment), or in fear, or in unbelief. But if you are
born-again, don't have to allow him to touch anything of yours,
because you have authority over him using Jesus' name!
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
What his Weapons and Tactics are
The Word says that we are not ignorant of the devil's devices (weapons) or wiles (tactics).
2 Cor 2:11
we will examine some of the devil's weapons and tactics, while at the
same time discussing some of our godly weapons and tactics that bring
victory against these.
Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity. Thine habitation is in the midst of deceit; through deceit they refuse to know me, saith the LORD.
One of the main weapons of the devil is deception (go astray, deceive,
err, seduce, wander, be out of the way). He was deceived himself,
when he thought that the could exalt himself ("I will") and be like God
(or supplant Jesus specifically) (see Isa 14:12-15, Eze 28:11-19, Job 38:4-13).
The devil deceived Eve in the Garden.
the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and
Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth,
and his angels were cast out with him.
1 Tim 2:14
will try to misquote and change what God has said, or intended, to make
it seem to mean something else. In Genesis 3:1, the devil said
"Yea, hath God said"? to bring doubt. You have to recognize that
Eve was not created yet (Gen 2:21-22) when God gave Adam the commandment not to eat of the tree (Gen 2:16-17).
So it is important that we clearly communicate God's Word and
instructions to people, to not give room to the devil to try to confuse
and pervert the real intent. It is equally important that each
one of us know the Word intimately and thoroughly.
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression.
The devil tried the same tactic on Jesus in the wilderness. The
devil misquoted and left sections out of scripture that he spoke to
Jesus. But Jesus, knowing the Word, rebuked the devil using the
The devil try to convince you think it is all right to lie, just this
time, to take that small drink or fruit or whatever it is that does not
belong to you, no one will see you. It is all right to lie down
next to that person, to have sex, just this one time, after all, you
like/love this person, you want them to like/love you, so... just this
time, no one will know. Its all right to talk about that person,
you know / saw / heard what they did, besides, you don't like / respect
We have to know, believe, and act on the Word. It takes all three of these or we deceive ourselves.
we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived,
serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful,
and hating one another.
is why you must personally know the Truth, the Word of God, and apply
it. A person can have an "attitude" or thought process (i.e., a
stronghold) that is not in line with the Word of God. This
attitude or thought process is a deception, that will hold them in
bondage. Usually, the greater the deception or stronghold, the
less the person can see it in themselves (that is, greater darkness in
that area / less light on that area).
For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.
And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
2 Tim 3:13
But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.
we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about
with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning
craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue,
but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain.
2 Peter 2:13
shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it
pleasure to riot in the day time. Spots they are and blemishes,
sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you;
Strongholds are built up by receiving thoughts from the enemy (lies).
2 Cor 10:3-6
me be very bold with you. Every person hears demonic
voices! When a demon speaks to you from the spirit realm into
your spirit's hearing, it enters your soul as a thought. That is
why the Word says hold up the shield of faith against all the fiery
darts of the enemy, which are thoughts. All those thoughts that
you get are not your thoughts. Some are from the Holy Spirit or
ministering angels, some are from demons, and some are your
thoughts. You have to examine EVERY thought in light of the Word
of God, and those thoughts that don't line up with the Word, you have
to cast down. You can even say "I stop that thought and thought
process, in Jesus' name. Spirit and mind, I command you not to
receive or think on those thoughts, in Jesus' name". That is why
the Word says think on good things (Phil 4:8):
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every
high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and
bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And
having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience
that demonic thoughts don't come as "you should" or "you are" (which is
3rd person pronoun), but come in "I am" or "I will" (which is 1st
person pronoun) or "he is" about someone else, to make you think that
it is your mind and your thought (e.g., "I thought it, so I might as
well say it"... NO, NO!). Recognize that if a person starts
receiving thoughts on a certain area, and not that examining them, then
a stronghold can build up. An example, the devil starts telling a
young girl "I am so ugly", "I will never accomplish anything", "No one
(or he) will ever love me"... After a while, she starts believing those
thoughts and thinking that way and acting in ways to support that... At
that point, it has become a stronghold.
brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever
things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be
any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
So tear down ungodly strongholds, build up godly strongholds, by memorizing, meditating and acting on the Word of God.
In the previous section "Prayer - Part 2", we defined Truth, Fact, and
Lie. The devil is a liar and the author of all lies. We
define Lie as anything that does not line up with the "Word of God". All lies come from the father of lies, the devil.
devil and demons cannot speak Truth and will always have a Lie in
whatever they say. This is an important point when examining
thoughts or when performing deliverance where demons are speaking
through people. Whatever the demon says, if you examine it
closely, you will always discover a lie in it.
are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.
He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth,
because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh
of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
1 John 2:21
I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth, but because ye know it, and that no lie is of the truth.
Again, the lies are fiery darts thoughts of the devil. (The devil
only has some many weapons, and most of them, he needs you to agree
with. (e.g., "Oh, I don't think I feel very well today." You just
agreed with the devil and sickness and disease.) Look at the
armor against lies that God wants you to walk in:
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:
Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and
watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all
(1) Truth is the Word... Renew your mind.
These are (1) a process, and (2) thoughts leading to Words and Faith actions.
Righteousness is being blood washed... As we have previously defined
righteousness, but you must KNOW it... Have it in your thoughts... To
protect your heart from the accuser of the brethren.
(3) Gospel of peace... The word "peace" in the greek is made up of two parts
(1) a legal settlement in court (or treaty) between two warring groups, and
tranquility or quietness. You must be prepared (thoughts) to tell
people about Jesus. Thinking all the time about how to reach
them, how to bless them... Instead of what they did evil, or how I feel
(4) Faith comes by hearing the Word... It is action on the Word.
(5) Helmet of salvation is protecting the mind... I have the mind of Christ... A sound mind...
(6) Sword is the Word... Thinking on the Word... Praying / Confessing the Word...
(7) Praying always....
Temptation and Sin
The devil will use all he can to get you into compromising thoughts, situations, and sin.
define some things. God "tests" the hearts of men. But
these tests are not dealing with sin, but obedience. God tested
Abraham by asking Abraham to offer up Issac. I sure there was
nothing in Abraham's flesh that found pleasure in wanting to kill his
son. If God asks you to do something, it is usually against our
flesh-nature. The devil "tempts" our flesh-nature with things it
likes. (What are those? See lust of the flesh in Gal
5:19-21) Lets define "lusts" also by noting that it is the same
greek word translated as "desires"... Meaning that there are godly
desires and ungodly (as noted in Gal 5:17). You can take
authority over you lusts or desires using the name of Jesus.
Speak to yourself and command your flesh "In the name of Jesus, you
will not desire that ungodly thing, but you will desire godly things".
(Here is a spiritual experiment: When your body desires a food or
drink, bind that desire in Jesus' name, tell your body that it will not
desire that, and then tell it another food or drink you want it to
desire in Jesus' name.)
is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall
receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that
love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for
God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it
is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren.
So, you are trying to walk in holiness (that is, sinlessness... Which
is ONLY an issue when temptation comes), and this great looking person
walks by... You think the devil was going to send an ugly person
by? Or, you just happen to bump into your old drinking
buddy. Use the name of Jesus over that lust!
If a person is in sin, then they are working with the devil, and the
devil does not need to send great demons against them, because the
person is already defeated, defeating themselves, and in agreement with
Remember in our study on "Sin", temptation came only come one of three ways.
1 John 2:16
That is, (1) the lust of the flesh, (2) the lust of the eyes, and (3) the pride of life.
all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the
eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
The Curse of the Law (Death)
God is a legal God, the Judge of All. God has sworn a covenant
that includes blessings and cursings. It is His covenant.
He is responsible for the blessings, in which He cannot lie. He
is also responsible for the cursings, in which He cannot lie. Read Deut 28:15-68, Deut 32:39-41.
Deut 28:63, God said He would rejoice over you to destroy you if you
turn back to sin. Why? Because God rejoices in righteous
judgment! If you study "throne" in the bible, you will find it is
a throne of "judgment", for righteous judgment, for blessings to the
saints and curses to the sinners. Let me reinforce this for you:
it shall come to pass, that as the LORD rejoiced over you to do you
good, and to multiply you; so the LORD will rejoice over you to destroy
you, and to bring you to nought; and ye shall be plucked from off the
land whither thou goest to possess it.
now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I
make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver
out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for
ever. If I whet my glittering sword, and mine hand take hold on
judgment; I will render vengeance to mine enemies, and will reward them
that hate me.
(1) where did the plagues / curses on Egypt come from when God sent Moses there,
(2) where did the leprosy come from on Miriam when she spoke against
Moses, who cried out to God to heal her "now", and God said even if her
father had spit in her face she would be unclean for a week,
(3) who is putting the judgments/curses of Revelation on the world?
you are redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13) by the blood of
Jesus, then you were not redeemed before receiving the blood, that is,
the curse applied, but now the blessings apply (Gal 3:14). This
is true also for being delivered from the authority of darkness in Col 1:13 and the authority of death in Heb 2:14-15.
hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us:
for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the
blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ;
that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
see that some people could not (because of a process of rejecting the
Truth and staying in lusts and sin) or would not perceive/receive
Truth, and therefore would not receive the blood to redeem from the
curse, and therefore could not be healed from the curse of sickness,
because they would not convert.
this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing,
and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with
their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their
heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
So, if the devil can deceive a person with lies and temptation, then he
can legally bring death and destruction to them. An example, if
an unbeliever has cancer in their body, that according to the Word is
Truth (not a Lie), because they are under the curse.
the curse, the devil will bring sickness, disease, poverty, homeless,
shame, emotional wounds, depression, etc. But Jesus has redeemed
us from the curse of the law, by taking the penalty of death for us.
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.
For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it slew me.
1 Cor 6:9
ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be
not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor
effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
2 Thess 2:10
with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because
they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself
likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
If the devil cannot afflict a person legally, then he will try
illegally, through oppression. That is, to press on a person or
their affairs. Oppression is against righteousness (that is, the
right judgment of God, being that a saint is blood washed, redeemed
from the curse, and redeemed to the blessings).
There is also a process that goes from
God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who
went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the
devil; for God was with him.
obsession (where a person continually thinks thoughts of something), that leads or opens the door to
oppression (where a person is directly afflicted by demonic spirits), and possibly
possession (where a demon has entered the person's body and is influencing or exercising direct control over the person).
Lets clarify that if a "sickness" (e.g., cancer) is caused by a demonic
oppression, then a believer can be oppressed (e.g., have cancer (Fact))
thru a demon entering their body, but that is not "possession".
Possession takes control over a person so that the person cannot
operate in free-will.
If a person is being afflicted or oppressed by a spirit of "whatever"
(e.g., adultery), whether it was in their body or around their body
(who cares... we are going to cast it out), and we cast that spirit out
and away from them, it does not mean necessarily that the person was
thinking or acting or involved in "whatever" (e.g., adultery). So
don't personalize it. If a person is being afflicted with a
spirit of "cancer", that does not make the person "cancer" or make it
"their cancer". It is a spirit... deal with the spirit that is
causing the oppression.
We fight against oppression and enforce our victory thru the name of Jesus and using the Word of God.
Fear and Intimidation
The devil is not afraid of you, but of God in you, and you taking the
name of Jesus and the power of the anointing (the anointed Word)
against him. Do you realize the devil does not have faith, but
only fear? He is a god of fear (trying to create fear in you and
others), and he is himself full of fear and afraid. But like any
oppressor or bully, he puts up a good front to make you think that you
should be afraid of him.
1 Sam 17:10-11
devil will use anything he can to intimidate you from doing the will of
God in your life. The Holy Spirit might urge you to speak to
someone about the gospel, but you are afraid (in effect ashamed of the
gospel... of what people might say).
the Philistine said, I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a
man, that we may fight together. When Saul and all Israel heard
those words of the Philistine, they were dismayed, and greatly afraid.
1 Sam 17:16
And the Philistine drew near morning and evening, and presented himself forty days.
1 Sam 17:24
And all the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him, and were sore afraid.
1 Sam 17:45
said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with
a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the LORD
of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.
is an old story of how lions hunt. When a lion gets too old to
chase and catch the prey, and there are young lions that are unskilled,
the young lions will lay in tall grass and wait. Then the old
lion will go on the other side of the prey and roar. The prey
will run from the roaring lion, into the tall grass for safety, and be
killed by the young lions. The point is - run towards the roar,
towards the fear, and overcome it. How do you overcome fear?
Speak the Word to it, bind it and cast it out, loose boldness...
I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God
unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also
to the Greek.
2 Tim 1:7
But don't be afraid, for God is with you and for you... Press thru, using the name of Jesus, to bring victory to many.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no
evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.