“And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought against 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 the Devil and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him”. Rev. 12:7 Everything was so perfect. How and why did the war in heaven start? There had to be a reason. What was it? Let’s examine what Ezekiel 28:15 has to say about it referring to Lucifer. “Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, til iniquity wast found in you”. In Isaiah 14: 13-14 we find more evidence, “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”.
Now we know why that greatest of all wars began so very long ago and is still going on. We have discovered that Lucifer sinned. His pride led him into rebellion against his very Creator. Lucifer, whose name means light bearer, then became known as Satan, which means adversary. Satan is still the adversary of God and is also our adversary. Satan still has one third of all the angels who rebelled with him against God and they are now fallen angels or demons. It is these demons who are waging war against both God and against us as well. Since these demons are so powerful how are we to contend and battle against them? Can we hope to win against them? The answer is definitely…Yes. Not in our own strength or power but by the power and Spirit of our Lord Jesus. We have been given great and mighty power. A word of caution here. This power must be given to you by the Holy Spirit. Without it you will be defenseless against demonic forces. We find this remarkable incident in Acts 19:13-16; “Then certain of the vagabond Jews exorcists, took upon them to call over them , which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus, I know, and Paul I know, but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded”.
As you can see, you must have the vibrant and all powerful Holy Spirit of God in you before you attempt to do battle with the enemy. It is not by shouting or screaming at the enemy that you prevail. They are not frightened by your loud voice. They are concerned with your proper authority to use this almighty power of God. When confronted by Satan our Lord Jesus didn’t shout or scream but simply quoted the authority of the scripture. Jesus knew He had the power and it was all He needed; and it is all you need. As a converted believer and follower of Jesus, the Christ you have all the same power Jesus had and all you have to do is believe it and exercise it over and against the enemy. To be effective against demonic forces you must know the scriptures in order to be able to quote it. It is the living Word of God Himself that is going before you to overpower the enemy. Do not argue with the enemy, but boldly declare “ God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Tim:1:7. Be bold and confident and declare the word of the Lord. In Luke 10:17-19 we have our authority and power. “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name., and He said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto thee power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you”. You must believe that when spoken by and in faith the Word of God can not fail because God can not fail. He guarantees it. Almighty God Himself has declared, “So shall my word be that goeth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it”. Isaiah 55:11 In another scripture you can find solace because God has said, “The Lord of Hosts has sworn saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand. Isaiah 14:24 Whatever your circumstance is, the chances are that if you are being attacked by the enemy you must remember that you have the power of God within you. You must be a “believer” and you must trust that the spiritual weapons that God had provided you will work when backed by your faith. If you are moved to doubt and fear, you will likely fail. In the book of Job 3:25 we find this word of caution; “ For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me and that which I was afraid of is come unto me”. Fear will cancel out faith so you must stand strong. You must be positive and confident. Job had another word which should be a comfort to you. Job 22:28 “Thou shall decree a thing and it shall be established unto you; and the light shall shine upon thy ways”. It is you who have the greatest power, not the enemy. You have only to use it and declare it against all circumstances; illness, sickness, disease, infidelity, financial distress or whatever your need is. You can declare your prayer and declaration as already granted to you by the Lord. `…..”and calleth these things which be not as though they were”. Romans 4:17b. And in verse 21 we find…”And being fully persuaded that what He had promised, He was able also to perform”. The enemy is not just powerful, but cunning as well. The Christian believer in Christ must also be aware that there are times when the enemy is persistent and continues to affect your life in an adverse way and that other measures may be needed. Fasting is a powerful tool and Jesus told his disciples that it was sometimes necessary as an effective means against the enemy. Matthew 17:18-21 says: “And Jesus rebuked the devil and he came out of him : and the child was cured from that very hour. The came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, why could not we cast him out?, And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief; for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. Howbeit, this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”.
Fasting strengthens your spirit for the battle to come. It is what Jesus did before his confrontation with Satan. The greater the battle the more preparation you need. Don’t wait until the last moment to engage the enemy. Be prepared with daily prayer and when necessary ‘fasting’ for a period of time. A good habit to have is to write down all the scriptures I have already given you here and others as well that may better address your own particular circumstances and read them aloud each day. These should be declarations of affirmation which should fill you with joy and confidence as you meditate on the power and promises of the Lord who will never leave you or forsake you. Pick a time, morning or evening, or both, when you can enter into this special communion with the Lord and present yourself as his faithful warrior and protector of your family. It makes no difference if you are male or female, all are warriors in the spirit and mighty in deeds before our Lord. At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow. I believe that at the very end, even Satan will bow down and will bend his knees before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…Jesus, our Lord and savior.
And that is, As I See It