As believers we have spiritual authority through the power that dwells in us by the Holy Spirit (Mark 16:17-18)
How do we stand in that authority?
Are demons active today?
These are just some of the many questions we ask regarding spiritual warfare.
I would like to share a few responses.
Aligning our Life and Speech with God’s Words
How are we to approach situations involving demonic/Satanic activity, healing and anything where taking authority is involved? If we look at Yeshua’s example we see that authority doesn’t mean doing things in our way or our time. A good example of this can be found in Matthew 4:1-11 which takes place after Yeshua was baptized and went out to the desert. He could have answered Satan with an attitude of confidence and pride, but He did not. Instead, Yeshua answered Satan by aligning His life with, and declaring the Words of God from the scriptures.
Timing is also important. Sometimes we see examples of Yeshua stepping back, so to speak, because it was not yet His time. We also see situations where people responded to the testing of Satan in their own words and not the Word of God, opening the door for the enemy to twist and manipulate the outcome. We must be careful not to find ourselves in a situation where a demon is cast out, yet the condition of the person’s heart is such that the same spirit can return (Luke 11:14-26). And we also need to remember that the person we pray for must have a desire to change and to let go of hurt and un-forgiveness.
Filled with the Holy Spirit
Demonic influence tempts people in order to defile them, to make them unholy. Therefore we must remain continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
We live in a world where the demonic surrounds us, manifesting itself in fear and doubt. We should be prepared to pray for people to be victorious over these attacks, people we know and people we may just pass on the street.
Let’s go forth in love not fear, with His thoughts not ours. Let’s go into this battle equipped, filled with His Holy Spirit and speaking His words to others.