Thursday, May 1, 2014

“Rev, What is spiritual warfare, and how do you know that you are suffering from a spiritual attack?”

A.    Definition

Many people are unknowingly suffering under the yoke of the devil. There are many cases in America that should be treated only with spiritual warfare. Unfortunately, they are so given into explaining everything by logic that they allow their people to keep suffering. A spiritual attack is an ailment whose roots can neither be traced by medical tests, scans nor be found by whatever instrument that the physical eye can interpret the results. Let us say that you have head pain, but despite all the x-ray, scans and blood or urine tests, they cannot see anything, yet you are still in pain. That is a spiritual attack. Take one glaring example. A couple wants children, but despite their negative tests, they still can’t see the cause of their sterility and thus inability to bear children. That is a spiritual attack and your rest will come only from a spiritual solution rather than a physical one because when the wind blows, it exposes the chicken’s anus.  

B.     The Nature Of Spiritual Attacks.

When the Bible says that we wrestle not against flesh and blood, it underscores two things. Firstly, it means that spiritual warfare is a habitual occurrence because wrestling entails rubbing two bodies together. Secondly, it means that spiritual warfare is not against human beings; consequently, “the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds.” Even if you knew that someone was a witch and was responsible for all your troubles, he/she is not your enemy. The enemy is the spirit from that person which attacks you at night or during the day.

I once worked in a mental health facility. The week that I will pray with the patients and rebuke their spirits, they will be great, but the week I don’t work, I will only hear that “this or that was really bad and we had to take her to the hospital.” When I am in those premises, I was constantly in prayers. The principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and the spiritual wickedness which held them captive could only be subdued by prayers and fasting. Nonetheless, it does not exempt them from taking medication because just because Jesus was going to pray for the blind, did not prevent him from putting mud on his eyes.

It is important to note that the devil does not touch the innocent. Even the witches that suck blood, they can only do it on you when you open up through association or by participation of evil. If you are involved in any evil on people too, you open yourself up to the attack of witches. For the devil to touch the innocent or righteous, he must obtain permission slip from God as in the case of Job (Job 1:12) or Paul (2 Cor 12:7-10). In such cases, it will not lead unto death. The end of the righteous will be better than his middle.

Although hippopotamuses do not bask in the sun the same way, the tactics of Lucifer are always the same in essence. They are always the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life as he did to Eve (Gen 3:6), Jesus (Mt 4:4-10) and the world (I Jn 2: 16). It is not as if he brings anything new. The temptation tricks he uses were actually stolen from God.  When God made the earth, he made trees that were pleasing to the eyes and good for food. (Gen 2:9). Then the devil now took them and added a third, "the pride of life", which is the vainglory from the acquisition of earth things. The devil always entices the victim with a carrot- evil enticement (James 1:14). He walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom to devour (I Pet 5:8). He dangles lust and when that lust has conceived, it delivers sin which in turn will produce death. If the individual falls, then he takes control. He stands from the outside and entices you with the things you like.  
How does he know then those things you like when he is not omniscient as God? Every human being on earth goes along with two spirits. The familiar spirit (Lev 19:31; 20:6, 27; Deut 18:9-14) and the spirit of God in the breath of life (Gen 2:7; Job 33: 4; Ezek 37: 5) and the Holy Spirit (Jn 14:17). It is that conscience or superego which now serves as the reconciler between our synderesis and our syneidesis. The spirit of God tries to draw you to God (Jn 14:26) while the familiar spirit tries to draw you back to the devil (I Sam 28: 7-25). The familiar spirit hovers over you daily, most of the times, taking your verbally expressed plans to the devil, and the devil now creates their counterfeit. That is why your temptation is never new to the desires of your heart. Otherwise, there will be no dilemma to make a choice over that which is bad.

For example, if you are looking for a job, the devil may bring you an organization, a man or woman who attaches hiring you with some ungodly strings. Another example could be those women who are looking for children. They go ahead and take potions and concoctions from witch doctor that make them pregnant. After that, the child comes with evil spirits into their home. Sometimes if a woman gets pregnant from adultery, she could also bring in demons.

Sometimes false prophets will give you all sorts of prophecies on how your destiny will be like heaven, but there is a war of attrition in front of you. When you have dreams in which you were winning and dinning on strange meat with strange people,   when you get up and feel satisfied, it is a sign of spiritual warfare. To succeed in a spiritual warfare, the wrestler must not have hatred or evil in their heart. That is different from falling in sin. The fighter should not labor the type of sin where they meditate to do evil and hurt another human being. That is why in traditional African society, virgins were the ones solicited to go and bring certain medicine from the forest. However, spiritual warfare requires courage and not timidity.

C.    How to overcome in Spiritual Warfare.

The fearful and cowards (Deut 20:8; Judges 7:3; Prov 24:10) cannot fight for God and themselves. Fear exposes the victim to the devil. The good thing about this war is that, those who believe in God are destined to win because they have the most efficient weapons (truth, righteousness, gospel, faith, salvation, and the word of God) as listed in Ephesians 6:10-18. In providing an amour for the Christian soldier, God gave no weapon to protect the back because he does not encourage cowardice. Never turn your back to the devil. The destination we strive to attain should submerge our fears because spiritual warfare is a war of attrition that we must not give up. No matter how much the afflictions, the Christian must only look unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith.

D.    Conclusion.

The devil will camouflage as an angel of light through familiar source to attain you. At times, we may join them unwittingly, not knowing we are surreptitiously digging our own grave. The reason we fall prey is because we refuse to hearken to the warnings and counsel of the Lord. We refuse to listen to wise counsel from other saints. We need each other in this war we fight.

The spiritual warfare is not a one man show. The devil will take the face of a familiar person in a relative or good friend, but the surrealism should help you escape the more.  In this battle, there will be a time where you will come to a dilemma, not knowing where to go. Let God be your guide. You should listen to the Spirit of God to lead you to a better port. The battle is not for the fearful, but it is also not for the strong because it is neither by power nor by might but by the spirit of the Most High God. It should always be forward ever and backwards never. You will need all the wisdom of your parents to scale through the spiritual walls. When you are about to reach your destination, the battle will even be crueler than it was. It is not the time to give up. You spiritual enemies will never go away. They will keep fighting to drag you down. You must encourage one another until you obtain victory because victory is your destiny.  

Until then, let us fight the good fight of faith.

St Arrey of Ntenako.

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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