This document is in three parts:
Our defence (our position and relationship to Jesus Christ
The way Satan attacks us
Our Weapons to fight this battle
If there was no battle we would not need amour or weaponry . The fact God provides these to His Body indicates there is a need for them to be used so that there must be a battle to use these in.
As there is a battle you must fight or go under unless you are resting, training or being trained for the battle. Any Christian not recognising this battle exists ad not fighting it, teach how to deal with it, resting from it or learning about it is not really living the Christian life as a Citizen of The Kingdom of God. When you serve The King you are fighting this battle as you automatically are resisted by the enemy forces of The King.
Every Christian following Jesus is at war, if only because they are hated by Satan and he is trying to destroy them. Satan is the enemy of your king and never sleeps so that he is always seeking ways to attack you. Thank God he is limited in what he can do as he is not allowed to attack you more than you can stand against (1 Cor. 10:13).
The citizens of The Kingdom have weapons to defeat the enemy but these weapons are of no use if the citizen does not have the knowledge of them, how they are used, the maturity to use them and the desire to use them. There is also armour provided for the citizen to assist them in this battle.
The Bible plainly states what you should be doing, as a citizen, in this battle so that you are without excuse to ignore it. If you really want to obey Jesus and fight this battle then He will send people to train you and you will also have the help of The Holy Spirit in this training and battle.
This armour has no back protection as a citizen is always to face the enemy and be ready to attack them or hold ground as is necessary. There is no way to turn your back on the enemy and run from the battle without being seriously hurt.
Any citizen not in this battle or doing God's WIll in a non-battle area needs to ask whether they are in a period of rest from the battle, too immature to do battle, being trained for it, too tied up with the things of the enemy (worldly things) or maybe whether they even belong to The Kingdom.
The more a citizen loves their King and spends time with Him and seeing his Love working for them, the more they want to serve and represent their King and protect what is His and free people from the kingdom of the enemy.
The Armour of a Christian
The Christian life is a series of attitudes resulting from your beliefs. The armour is one of these groups of attitudes. These attitudes result in salvation and the maintaining of our position in the Kingdom of God as a citizen of that Kingdom. We are in a position for Jesus to protect us and use His delegated authority to defeat Satan.
The armour is a result of our attitudes and position in The Kingdom of God resulting from these and as long as we maintain these proper attitudes Satan cannot harm us spiritually or cause us to lose our salvation (Rev 3:5).
Armour is put on by a person before they goes into battle. It identifies them as belonging to a certain army and ruled by a particular king. It allows them to fight with the weapons provided by their master. In the armour, they are able to attack the enemy and plunder the enemy’s territory! The armour of the Christian is received at salvation and is proof they belong to Jesus and The Kingdom of The Father and are a part of their army on earth.
The armopur will always be sufficient to repel an attack of the enemy or God would not be a God of Love allowing us to be attacked more than we can resist and endure.
As it is a spiritual battle The Armour is spiritual.
An Overview of the Armour
The attitudes of a person who has The Armour of God on them:
v10 They trust their King
v11 The fight The King’s Enemy, which is why they put on the armour. It is not just for show!
v12 They realise their enemy and the battle is spiritual
v13 and the only way to defeat the enemy is to use The King’s Methods to fight him
v14 They know the truths to defeat the lies of the enemy
v15 they know the Gospel of THe Kingdom and the freedom it brings people
v16 They trust Their King in all things so the enemy cannot in any way get them to doubt their King or His love
v17 They know they belong to the King and use His truths about He and The Battle (Bible) to defeat the enemy
v18 They are guided by The Holy Spirit, supporting each other in this battle to the death
v19 Being guided by Godly teacher who lead them sinto the truth of their King, teaching them how to live and how to fight this battle.
Now to deal with each verse of the passage.
Eph 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his great power.
The protection and authority of the armour depends on the authority of the King providing it and the way in which it is built to protect the soldier and more importantly, as to how much of it has been accepted and put on by the soldier. The armour is only put on voluntarily, with the approval of the king and for his purposes. We serve the mightiest and greatest King before whom all other kings must bow!
Eph 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil’s evil tricks.
The armour is always put on for a purpose which is to defeat the enemy and their works.
The parts of the armour are the foundations of our Christian life. If we do not have all of these on us then we will have difficulty protecting our self fully against the attacks on our faith.
Eph 6:12 Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world’s darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
The area of battle as well as who we battle needs to be known to effectively fight the battle and as the battle is spiritual, fleshly weapons are of no use. You need to use God’s spiritual weapons as nothing else will work in this battle. We fight the plans of the leaders not just the individual demon soldiers. Demons work to a plan given to them by their rulers so you need to hinder or prevent the plan they are a part of as well as the efforts of their soldiers enforcing these plans. Just as God has a plan for each person so does Satan have a plan for each person. God’s is to keep removing the leaders so that there is no one to enforce the plans of their subordinate commanders or order replacement troops into the field.
Eph 6:13 That is why you need to put on God’s full armor. Then on the day of evil you will be able to stand strong. And when you have finished the whole fight, you will still be standing.
The choice of armour is very important. It must all be put on and must be appropriate for the battle or you will not be fully protected or able to stay in the battle for long.
Deliverance may be necessary to be able to put on the full armour or a better understanding of Salvation. These will remove weaknesses in our attitudes that Satan can try and use to attack us.
Eph 6:14 So stand strong, with the belt of truth tied around your waist and the protection of right living on your chest.
You must know what you are fighting for and live according to the requirements (truths) of the King to be authorised to battle on His behalf. You need to know God’s truths to fight the lies of the enemy and be in a proper relationship with God so there is no weak spot in your life that the enemy can use to attack you. Jesus must be Lord of every area of your life so there is nothing unprotected that Satan can attack. The framework of five steps will help you in this.
Our position in The Kingdom protects us, but complete protection occurs only if every part of our life is given to Jesus to be Lord of.
Eph 6:15 On your feet wear the Good News of peace to help you stand strong.
Reconciliation with God must first occur (The good news of the Gospel of Peace with God) so you can be a part of His army and worthy to fight His battles. The Gospel is also a weapon in stealing people from the enemy kingdom. Without reconciliation with God there is no foundation to the Christian life. We preach reconciliation and peace with God as our main weapon. Remember, we preach the Gospel of The kingdom and demonstrate its authority over Satan as part of our preaching.
It also means we have the same attitudes as God so that our objectives are the same as His.
It is the demonstrating that The Kingdom of God is different and superior to that which Satan offers that frees people from their security in the things of Satan so they can trust God and His Things.
Eph 6:16 And also use the shield of faith with which you can stop all the burning arrows of the Evil One.
You must have faith in the strategies of your King and in His ability to supply your necessities to fight as well as to heal any wounds obtained in the battle. You must believe He is more powerful than the enemy and is worth following otherwise Satan can make you doubt these and the Kings love for you so you become weaker in your resolve to fight the battle.
The arrows (fiery darts of the enemy) attack our mind so we need to protect our mind through faith in Jesus and the truths of His promises to us (so we need to study The Bible to learn and understand these) and through putting every thought under His Lordship and Will for us.
Eph 6:17 Accept God’s salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
You must accept the call of the King to join the army as well as use the weapons He provides for you to fight with. You must know what the weapons are, how they are used and where to get them.
You must also understand God’s Salvation so you know that you have it and are part of The Kingdom of God and thus part of God’s Army
The helmet protects the head where we think. God’s Salvation places us under His protection in His Kingdom (He becomes our head) and His truths protect our mind. It is the truths of the Word in your mind that keep you from the deceits of the enemy (Satan and his kingdom). It is a spiritual battle which is why The Word, as explained by The Holy Ghost, is such a strong weapon.
If you do not study and meditate on The Bible you will not know the truths of God that The Holy Spirit will use to set you free and use to guide you in this battle (Jn 8:32).
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
This is prayer as led by The Holy Spirit for the purposes of The Kingdom. It is not for our needs as Jesus promises to provide these as we do His work Mat 6:33). As it is used in warfare it can only be a command in Jesus' Name after asking (paying to) The Spirit what we are to command.
We are to ask for fellow labourers and the things the enemy has as they really belong to Jesus and He will work to help you obtain them if they are in accordance with His Will. We are also to war for our fellow Christians who do not see they are under attack or have a need of deliverance.
All prayers of request and commands (in Jesus' Name)following them should be in accordance with God’s Will or for the purposes of doing God’s Will.
Eph 6:19 Also pray for me that when I speak, God will give me words so that I can tell the secret of the Good News without fear.
You must support each other in any action against the enemy, either as trainer, teacher or helper.
The Gospel of The Kingdom is an attack on Satan’s kingdom and we should warfare and support those preaching and teaching The Gospel of The Kingdom (but only as The Spirit says to give and not from guilt or emotion).
When Paul preached The Gospel He demonstrated the superiority of The Kingdom over Satan so that He warfare against Satan as a part of HIs evangelism.
1 Cor 2:4-5 , And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
The armour of a Christian is dynamic based on what Jesus has done for us at Calvary and upon our accepting what He has done. It signifies that our citizenship belongs to the Kingdom of The Father and that our battles are those of Jesus for despoiling the Kingdom of Darkness and rescuing souls from its clutches. It shows we stand for Jesus, His rules and requirements and like all soldiers, are willing to die for our commander.
It is also relational, based on our attitude to our King and the resultant position in His Kingdom. As long as we seek to have the Mind of Christ in all we do this relationship will never be broken. When it is broken repentance is necessary an possibly also deliverance to help you restore and keep the attitudes necessary for this relationship with your King.
A soldier goes into battle knowing he may die but he obeys the orders given to him as they are the best chance he has for life and carrying out the King’s Wishes! The soldier is willing to die for His King and for the sake of The kingdom and the people in it whether related to him or not. So it should be with all who serve in the army of Jesus!
This spiritual armour of the Christian is God’ preparation for you to be able to take part in His battles as well as be protected in the battle. It is interesting that the armour has no back to it as if a Christian’s only defence against Satan is to attack Him.
The Weapons of a Christian
Our war is a spiritual one and so the weapons must be spiritual. Their effects can be seen in the physical though, which is why some have assumed it is a physical battle. Medicine is based on this assumption and is not successful in many illnesses because it treats only the physical so cannot explain what happens when a spiritual approach is taken and there is healing. The flesh (man’s reasoned methods) does not avail in this battle.
However, never stop going to a doctor or taking medicine until they give roof you have been cured of t he disease if only to have a witness this is has happened as well as show them the Authority of Jesus.
There are at least four weapons:
The delegated authority of Jesus used according to His Will (Mark 16:17, John 14:13). When you command anything in Jesus’ Name you are declaring you doing so in accordance with His Will and as you are commanding the event in His Name (Authority) and can only really do so if the command is actually in accordance with His will.
The Sword of The Spirit, which is the Word of God. The truths of The Bible (The Word God) sets you free from the mental assaults of the kingdom of the enemy as well as protecting your mind (John 8:32). The truths of God are used to attack the lies of Satan and free people from these as well as guide you to know what your King requires of you.
The Holy Spirit to guide you in what you do as well as empowering you to do it. The Holy Spirit knows the strategies of your King and can guide you to fulfil your part in these. He also will show you areas you need to deal with so that there are no weaknesses or wrong attitudes for the enemy to attack.
The angels to minister to our needs and protect us.
The committing of all problems, circumstances and needs to Jesus to be lord of is important in an attack. This removes the area from Satan’s attack and is usually the first step in a battle. (The framework of the five steps is designed to do this).
There are other things like praise and prayer, but these only hinder demons and remove them temporarily. It is the word of Command that sends them to Jesus that removes attacking demons permanently.
God is not a hypocrite and must reward us according to His rules. This belief in a reward is one of the requirements of faith in God’s goodness (Heb. 11:6). According to how you serve as a citizen of His Kingdom will be your reward (Gal 6:7-8):
Salvation results in eternal life in the presence of God in heaven providing we are genuine in our decision to follow Jesus as Lord and act upon it all our lives (obedience is necessary Rev 3:5).
Our activity as a soldier results in various ‘crowns’ and our love towards others, expressed by our words and the way we use what God has given us stewardship over to serve them, results in enhancements to our mansion in heaven (other rewards). This is why we are told to lay (store) up treasure in heaven where it can never be damaged or lost and not to lay up treasure on earth where it can be stolen or destroyed. In otherwords serve God in what we do and not ourselves. You cannot really keep it when you die but you can send it ahead!
Greater spiritual authority is God’s reward for service so we can serve Him even more than we do now. This greater spiritual authority means more service and not more control or power as God gives us the delegated authority in its completeness in respect of attacking Satan and the Holy Spirit is our empower so we do not really have any power to increase.
And of course service results in rewards.
The Child of God rejoices in this that he is able to serve their Lord even more.
If we really believe these rewards then nothing on earth will be more important than serving our King and using what he has given us for the good of others once we have met the needs of those we are responsible for.
God is our main Reward
In Gen. 15:1 God says to Abraham that He is his protection because of the relationship the obedience of Abraham has resulted in with God. This has not changed so when we follow Jesus as Lord and Saviour He, The Father and The Holy Spirit are our reward and protect us. We are given a relationship with all three and from that relationship also follows our rewards as we reap the benefit of these relationships because they allow God to give our rewards to us.
The more we understand and develop the relationship with God we have, the closer the intimacy with God we will have, the more we will expose of ourselves to Him, the greater He can reveal Himself to us, the greater the service we will do for Him and the more He is able to reward us.
The relationships with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit and the salvation resulting is our eternal reward. To seek anything else as a reward misunderstands how God relates to us. All other rewards in heaven are a result of the quality of the relationship we have with them.
Only as you focus on Jesus and the relationships we have with He, The Father and The Holy Spirit can The Father truly reward you as He wants to, now and in heaven.
This affects our attitude towards prosperity and the like. Things like prosperity theology are wrong as they focus on wealth and possessions being our rewards and not on the relationship we have with Jesus, The Father and The Holy Spirit as being our reward.
Prosperity and wealth are things Satan uses to reward His Follower. On Earth Jesus promises to provide all our needs but stated our rewards are in heaven. His reward on earth is more intimacy and spiritual promotion as we grow closer to Him, giving Him more of our life to be Lord over and serve Him as He desires us too.
Some crowns mentioned as rewards are as follows:
1 Thessalonians 2:19 For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
James 1:12 Blessed 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.
1 Peter 5:4 And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.
1 Cor. 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. (People do not realise our eternal soul is a prize, an incorruptible crown).
Types of Rewards
Relational Gifts (a result of salvation)
Intimacy with God
The Holy Spirit
Being allowed to worship, serve and fellowship with God
Service Gifts (a result of our desire to serve God)
The Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Being appointed and anointed to the position of Apostles, Pastors, Prophets, Evangelists or Teacher
The delegated authority of Jesus to cast out demons and heal
Developing the relationship with The Father, Jesus and The Holy Spirit to a have a greater degree of intimacy with them.
The provision and protection of God in all you do for Him.
Rewards (These are for services rendered - a result of our obedience)
Promotion and greater authority
Crowns in heaven
A mansion in heaven
Treasure in heaven
Deeper intimacy with God.
While the Gifts are a result of God’s Love and Mercy to help us minister, the rewards and crowns are a result of obedient service. A person will not be given the spiritual reward of another’s labour or a labour they had no part in. While they may benefit from the results of that labour they cannot partake in the rewards God has for that labour (Gal 6:7-8). While the physical rewards on earth may be taken from the person by Satan when the person sins, Satan cannot remove from anyone their rewards in heaven. Only the person can through unrepented sin.
Prosperity or wealth is not a reward. God promises to provide all our need and prosper us as He needs to for His purposes. To seek prosperity for its own sake is to say that God has not given you what you need and will allow Satan to sidetrack you.
The true follower of Jesus is not content with what this world offers and rejects it preferring to use and enjoy what God gives them. Their treasure is in heaven so they do not seek the prosperity this world offers but that which their God gives which can never be taken from them. They will use or give things as directed by God and not as the world says they should use or give things.
Remember that we can lose our crowns (Rev 3:11) and salvation (Rev 3:5) and that it is our decisions that determine our salvation, rewards and relationship to Jesus.
The Battle has already been won
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
A King’s seat is the place of their power and authority.
Jesus rules The Kingdom of God and we are with Him so our seat of authority is The Kingdom. This is where our delegated authority comes from. When we use delegated authority it is as if the King is speaking through us and what we command has the same authority as if The King was saying it. The requirement being that it is The king’s Will which is actually being commanded.
The kingdom is above creation so all creation must obey The King’s Will and the commands of those who have His delegated authority and use it to command The King’s Will.
Satan was cast out of The Kingdom as he was defiled because of his rebellion and nothing defiled can enter the Kingdom. He was cast down into creation and it is possible that creation was made to contain him as there was no place else for him and his demons. It is not known when he fell but it was probably after the seventh day as all was good on those six days. God knew Satan was going to rebel and made creation to contain him.
All in creation must bow to The Will of The King and that includes Satan and his demons.
Satan was taken captive at Calvary (Eph 4:8) so has no rights as prisoners have no rights in the country they are imprisoned in. This means he and his demons can be sent back to prison anytime they are found in creation or elsewhere as they have no right to be there (being a prisoner).
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn 3:8) so we are authorised to do this anytime we find these works in creation.
Satan tries to make us believe he has legal rights with people. He has none as he is a captive (Eph 4:8) and has no right to be out attacking people (the Children of The Father) as he should still be in prison.
The only danger when attacking Satan and his demons is to cast demons out of non-Christians as seven worse ones plus the original one take their place. However, in Jesus’ Name they can be bound and forbidden from using the person or influencing the person in any way.
Jesus said, that if we did anything according to His will it would be done and that if we loved him we would only ask what His Will is (Jn14:14-15). So if we know it is His Will then creation and all in it must obey it as His will is from The Kingdom which is far above and greater than authority in creation.
This means the battle has already been won over Satan and his demons as well as his works against people and it is all a matter of removing demons and their works from people (as that is God’s Will) or commanding creation to obey the Will of God (which The Holy Spirit will tell you what it is you are to command and when to command it).
The Victory is there. It is just a matter of taking up your delegated authority and applying it in accordance with The Will of God. Everything has been prepared by Jesus so it is only a matter of having the required faith and making the effort to do it and requires no effort but obedience on our part. Jesus commands it and The Spirit carries it out. All we need to do is believe and command (speak it out) in accordance with The Will of Jesus.
We must remember that it is in God's timing that something is done in and not our own so we may command but God may delay the result of the command until it suits His purposes for The Kingdom.
God has prepared all we need to battle Satan. All we need to do is go out and claim the victory as well as to attack him when he attacks us.
Overview of Satanic Attack
A little background
Satan is created being and he knows that. He knows he only takes his next step and ‘breath’ because God allows him too yet he resists God knowing he is defeated and will one day be sent to the lake of fire. Having been condemned to this lake he now seeks to take as many as he can with him to this lake of fire and so attacks God’s creation with the objective of destroying it and taking as many of the people (God’s Children) as he can with him to the lake of fire.
This is your enemy who goes around as a roaring lion seeking to destroy you. You either fight him or are overcome by him and possibly may eventually lose your salvation.
Comments on their attacks
An attack is always started by Demons. People do not ask to be attacked by demons. The demons attack your mind and body trying to find a weakness in you. If the demon is cast to the The Throne of Judgment the temptation finishes and a different demon will attack. The demon may use the same type of attack to exploit the same weakness or may try a new area to attack. If the attack is successful the demon may enter you trying to build in you incorrect coping mechanisms or incorrect attitudes and reactions so they can control you. Once in, or if there is a weakness in you they are using, deliverance is needed to remove them.
They use the incorrect reactions and attitudes to build on and gain more ’control’ of you through engineering the way you think and react. This is why you must never react, argue, reaon or assume what a person, or demons in your mind say about you is correct, but go to the Holy Spirit and ask Him what to do. Satan also lies to you or tells you half-truths to mislead you or sidetrack you from what Jesus desires you to be which is why you must never assume things but ask The Holy Spirit how correct the thing is.
The temptation will use a compensation for pain you have or will try and build a compensation in you for this hurt or pain. The compensation or temptation is designed to give you pleasure and entice you to more sin. You will need to find the root cause that has allowed the access of the demon or caused the weakness they have exploited. Once in they will use your reactions, attitudes and emotions they have fostered in you as well as compensations and other pleasurable things they have taught you to try and control you.
Wrong vices, addictions and pleasures are forms of compensation.
They will also use other people to attack you in some way, either physically (with actual or implied violence) or mentally (words or body language showing negative emotion towards you).
Sometimes the actions of others that allow demons to attack you. This is usually through a curse or a desire to see you hurt.
Curses can only affect you if there is a point of access in you for it to ‘land’ on you. The types of curses are:
Ancestral (a curse made by an action of a predecessor such as a mason or Satanist over the family.
Of others (Words spoken over you to cause you harm
Of your own mouth when you wish harm to yourself (I want to die e.g.).
These are broken through the authority of Jesus delegated to you and giving to Jesus any area you need to for Him to be Lord of it.
Someone may also express a desire to hurt you without actually uttering a curse. Demons use it as an excuse to attack you. You may need to deal with an offence against a person before you can remove the demon successfully that is enforcing this desire of a person against you. It is not so much the words said but the unrepented offence that allows the attack.
Demons can also enter through shock or trauma but these are easily cast out as they have no right to be there in the first place.
The objectives of demonic attack are various:
To take your focus off Jesus so that you will doubt His Love for you, doubt His control of your life and doubt His purposes for your life
To build fear in you (imply God does not Love you)
To cause you to be rejected or to self-reject yourself
To sidetrack you from what Jesus wants you to do by offering an alternative you prefer or which hides what Jesus wants you to do.
Conflict results in the person attacked and there are only two possible results:
The demonic attack is unsuccessful because:
The authority of Jesus has been used to cast demon(s) to the The Throne of Judgment because
The Will of Jesus is obeyed
Your desire not to accept what the demon offers
Your focus stays on Jesus and His requirements of and promises to you
You have had any deliverance needed to defeat the root access demons are using to attack
You believe 1 Cor 10:13
The demonic attack is successful because:
You do not believe 1 Cor 10:13
Your attitude towards God’s is wrong
You need deliverance
You need the truths of God that will set you free
Your focus has been taken from Jesus onto your problems
You do not believe God will do you good things
You desire the pleasure more than God’s Will
You believe the devil’s lie that you cannot defeat the temptation
Remember that demons are subtle in their attack on you and use your emotions, desires and reasoning patterns against you through suggesting things that appear to come from your own thought processes but are really from them. They must make you accept what they want you to do or else the attack cannot succeed.
In this is perhaps the secret to overcoming them, just simply do not accept what they want you to do and send them to the The Throne of Judgment in Jesus Name.
For a demon to have you accept what they want you to accept they must persuade you that something is not there that is, or is there that is not. In other words whatever they tell you the truth is really the opposite, unless it is a known weakness they are trying to reinforce in which case you need deliverance.
Authority and Power
It is no use having armour if you are just going to stand there and not attack. Authority and power are given to us to attack the enemy. They are used to destroy the works of Satan and attack his possessions so that his plans are prevented and people are released from his intended captivity.
The battle is for the souls of people and not for physical territory or wealth and the main use of our authority and power is to destroy the works of the devil so that the Kingdom is demonstrated and people are won for The Kingdom as a result (evangelism) and to remove the effects of Satan's plans from people (deliverance).
This power is from God and really is empowerment as God empowers (authorises) it when we command it in accordance with the Will of Jesus.
Act 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
The word used here for “power” is the ability to do miracles and similar but there is a condition to this being granted to a person. In other words, you have been appointed (anointed) and authorised by this to be in that position of authority and empowerment. The Holy Spirit must come upon you in a supervisory position. The idea behind this is that you are both as one in that His Will (which is the Will of Jesus) is Your will. It is a voluntary arrangement on the part of you both and the communication can only be broken by you through rebellion or just plain ignoring The Holy Spirit.
This empowerment is a result of our attitude to The holy Spirit in us and it is not of anything we can do spiritually or physically, but only mentally by a decision to allow this union of purposes (wills). We are then used by Jesus to express His power and Authority and through this show His Glory (Greatness) to all.
As a result of God using us miraculously we also receive glory because we are used by Him. In a sense it is reflected from His Glory because it only exists when His Glory exists through our being used by Him.
As we agree with the Will of God and do what He asks us to, by commanding it in Jesus Name Jesus brings it to pass on His behalf. We are vehicles to express the Will of God so He can manifest it in this world through our faith as we declare the Will of God to this world. This is the way He has usually chosen to work in this world. According to our faith will be what we ask or declare. According to our relationship with The Holy Spirit and how well we hear Him will be the accuracy of what we ask or declare as being the Will of Jesus.
For God to use you effectively you need to learn to walk with one ear open to The Holy Spirit so you can hear what He wants you to do and then declare it on the behalf of Jesus so that it can be brought to pass through your obedient faith. It is as if our expression of God’s Will allows Him to do it on earth so that it is not an imposition of our free will by God, but on acceptance of His Will as ours, He is able to express His Will in our life. God does not rely on us but has Graciously chosen to work this way with us for our benefit and encouragement.
All Power, Glory and Authority is in Jesus and He has delegated to us only some of His Authority (that to do with demons and health, the latter which deals with removing the effects of demons on our body).
Power is expressed by His representative on earth at the moment, The Holy Spirit. We have been delegated the Spiritual Authority of Jesus to be used according to His Will. The Holy Spirit empowers us as we seek to use our delegated authority for the Will of God. Glory results from our correctly carrying out His Will.
Demons recognize the Authority of Jesus and defer to it. They have to as they are spoils of war, being defeated at Calvary and no plan of theirs can stand if it is attacked in Jesus Name in accordance with the Will of God.
We have been delegated only spiritual authority so we can only fight spiritual battles, the effect of which at times will manifest in the physical realm. We are told in Ephesians 6:12 that our battle is against spiritual leadership and not against the physical out working of it. Healing and deliverance is the result of victory over the plans of a ruling demon that the lower ranking demon enforcing.
All that happens in the physical is a result of a spiritual choice made at some time.
How do we get this empowerment
Jesus told us to wait until He gave it, so you must wait on Him and He will give it to you to do His work and not just because you desire it.
Acts 1:4 And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Anyone person or church not illustrating the power of God or the delegated authority of Jesus and so not fighting spiritually has lost the battle before it even starts. Satan knows this so has people fight the physical outworking but not the demonic forces behind it which is why so many churches lose out in the battle against Satan and so many people go to doctors for healing and not too Jesus.
When you fight the battle spiritually then the physical result will occur as the effects of the victory flow there through in the physical what has been started and won in the spiritual by Jesus at Calvary. But I emphasise it will be in HIs timing and not ours because it is His Glory and purposes that are being proclaimed and not ours.
Power is the result of authority (the right to do something) It is either imagined, assumed or real (granted by one authorised to grant it).
God gives you authority and empowers you to minister for Him. It is granted as needed and not as we believe it should be as it is dependent on the Will of God and how much authority is needed to proclaim and carry out that Will. It is a result of promotion by God (Ps. 75:6,7) and is a reward for service to enable you to do greater service for Jesus.
It is humbling that The God of All sees fit to empower us and give us some of His authority when He does not have to do so but does it out of Love for us so that we have value and worth and can show our Love to Him through the way we use this empowerment and delegated authority.
You do not study, obtain a diploma in theology or similar or get appointed by man according to your success at your study to obtain the authority of God. God appoints you and authorises you to the ministry He wants you to do for Him and trains you to prepare you for it.
It has been said that God does not use the qualified but qualifies those He chooses. In other words God does not use those man trains but trains those He wants to use.
Theological colleges are only really necessary if you want to satisfy denominations. God never authorised them as He does not need them. He needs people who are willing to listen to Him and learn from Him and of Him through personalised training by The Holy Spirit and God appointed teachers.
People denominationally trained can often hinder the work of God by being in the wrong place as they are often placed there by the denomination and not by God. They are often in the wrong ministry as their ministry was determined by denominational guidelines and not by The Holy Spirit. These people can actually hinder The Holy Spirit working in the church by placing denominational plans, guidelines and theology before His truths and blocking the plans of Jesus that He is trying to guide them to implement.
Happy is the man who is in the ministry God has called Him too and is where God wants them to be doing what God wants them to do.
The Ministry of deliverance
In the bible deliverance is never mentioned as a specific ministry. It is what Jesus did as a natural part of His ministry. This work is the natural outflow of one who serves Jesus as it is his ministry expressed through them.
So where does the idea of a deliverance minister come from? From denominations who have to categorise everything and not from God. It is part of every ministry but more so the pastoral ministry but every Christian needs to know how to do it. Every Christian can do deliverance in the authority of the Lord when led by and empowered by The Holy Spirit. This ministry is not dependant on the deliverance ministers except for them to be a vessel to use by Jesus to express His Will and Authority through and help the person being delivered to focus on Jesus and His Lordship.
You do not need a deliverance minister to be free from Satan as Jesus does the deliverance for everyone so all you need to know is how to do it. The with the framework of the five steps makes it easy
Every Christian has this delegated authority so the only excuse they have for not using it is that:
They have not been taught about it or
They have not been taught how to use their delegated authority or
They are not able to hear The Holy Spirit so they can be led by Him to do the Will of Jesus.
See my deliverance seminar for an easy way to do deliverance that anyone can use.
Does Satan have any legal rights?
No! He lost the war at Calvary and thus all he has belongs to Jesus as spoils of that war.
Satan knows his time is short because Jesus is coming back soon to claim His spoils of war (Satan’s kingdom). Antichrist and the one world religion is a last ditch attempt by Satan to take all the world to hell with him and prevent the Millennial rule by having no one left on earth for Jesus to rule when He returns with His saints. It is going to be tough in the tribulation until we are removed. But remember! Satan is defeated and all he has is spoils of war belonging to Jesus.
Of Jesus it is declared:
Col 2:15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.
Eph 4:8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
In other words, Jesus won the battle with Satgan which means Christians are the occupying troops of the victor living in the enemy’s land.
Remember Satan has the right to rule hell as that was given to him when he was cast out of heaven so whatever he says is law in hell
A problem with modern Bibles
They imply Mark 16l9-21 is inserted y man and is not from God. The problem resulting from t his is that we do not have a delegation to cast out Satan as it is in this passage. This means spiritual warfare and deliverance cannot be done by anyone who believes a modern translation is better than The King James Bible, which gives us this Authority by accepting Mark 16:9-21 is part of The Bible.
How then does Satan get authority over a person.
Like any authority it is accepted a the person or is forced on them. Satan cannot make you do anything you do not agree to do so he has to have you accept what he wants you to do! You either accept this suggestion willingly or believe you cannot overcome it so do it.
A person chooses to obey Satan and his suggestion and by this they give him authority over them in that area. But Satan has no real authority because he lost the war so he has to convince people to obey him and while they give authority over an area of their life to Satan they will not obey Jesus in this area. It is authority by default as Jesus is not longer their ruler in this area so Satan can take it over.
Who you follow is your master. Jesus said you cannot serve two masters. If you accept Satan and his things in an area of your life he is your master in that area and can use it for his purposes. If you give it to Jesus to be Lord of it is His to protect. What Jesus is Lord of cannot be used by Satan because the authority of Jesus is greater than that of Satan.
It is only as the truth of their situation is understood by people and they accept the truths of Jesus instead of the lies of Satan can they be delivered from Satan and His assumed authority.
It is the truths of Jesus that said you free and keeps you free (Rom 8:32).
Deliverance is really telling Satan to leave because the person no longer wants him in authority over them as they want Jesus to be Lord of that area of their life and Satan and all his workings in them are to go in the Name of Jesus (the victor over him)!
Satan really has no kingdom, except hell. It is just that Jesus has not returned to claim the spoils of war (the world) and the rest of creation, so Satan has not left the world yet and does as much damage as he can in the time he has left. Outside of hell Satan has usurped the authority of Jesus his conqueror and assumed the authority he has. Satan is biding his time until Jesus come and removes his followers from earth then Satan will rule the world unchallenged by The Kingdom of God.. Satan really has no real authority over a person and can only control in their life what they let him. He tries to blind them to the truth of this so they believe his lies and delusions and become more bound as a result of listening to him.
The fact he is the god of this world does not give him authority over it. The people in the world give him any authority he has by accepting what he offers them.
The fact he rules the world system does not give him authority to do so. All authority belongs to Jesus and He has delegated some of that to us. The reason Satan can rule so freely is because Christians do not use the authority delegated to them to destroy the works of Satan and plunder his assumed kingdom. The church has not done this which is why Satan still has the control he does these days.
So how does this apply to deliverance?
Satan is defeated. If a person does not want what he offers Satan can be removed by using the delegated authority of Jesus (reminding Satan the person no longer wants him as their Lord and that he is a defeated foe and must go). Along with the demons, the things (Emotional, Physical, spiritual or mental) he has placed on them must also go if the person repents of the evil that allowed these things to attack them and then tells Satan to go in the Name of Jesus to the Throne of Judgment.
It is all explained in my seminar on deliverance on my webpage www.nevillesalvetti.com
The truth sets you free Jesus said as its shows you Satan is defeated and that you do not have to accept what he says or what he tries to get you to do is wrong and that Satan can be removed in Jesus' Name to the Throne of Judgment. It also shows you the truth so when he suggests error you know what it is and will cast him out to the Throne of Judgment.
As we speak out in faith using our delegated authority in accordance with God’s Will and guidelines Satan, and all he places on or in people must go!
God will not go against your free will so you must decide to reject Satan and do God’s Will.
If God wants to give us something or use us for a purpose of His, He will not force us to accept these things but by our speaking out His will for us and acting on it in these areas we show we accept His Will and He briungs it to pass in His time and not ours.
Jesus always offers us only two choices. To accept what He offers us or to reject it. We show we agree with His Will through our obedient faith so that He is able bring these things into existence without controlling our free will (which Satan has to do to get us to do the things he wants us to do). It is these things prepared by God before the foundation of the world for us to walk in obedience for the purposes of Matt 6:33 that we do and declare in faith. He prepares it and us to perform it. By faith we speak it in agreement with His Will and agree to do it. He then is able to bring it to pass using His own divine authority, empowerment and our obedient service to Him.
It is only as we walk in the requirements of Matt 6:33 will we use our delegate authority as God wants to use it and allow Him to use us for His Purposes.
Most do not know to use the delegated Authority of Jesus or the principles of Matt 6:33 as they are not taught to understand them. In a master stroke Satan managed to get this knowledge and understanding removed centuries ago from most Churches!
The reality is we are free in Jesus. We just need to believe it, walk in it and know how to keep it. The enemy has no authority over any area of our lives unless we give it to him. So walk in the authority and power of Christ Jesus at all times and in His Will and you will be free and walk in Kingdom places.”
So how do we apply this to our life
It is only as we declare God’s will for our life and agree with it in our hearts that He is able to do the good He wants to do for us and be used as He wants to use us. Remember, the good may only be seen in eternity in the rewards we are given for what we do for Jesus. But then Jesus told us to seek rewards in haven and not on earth so we should not be upset if nothing seems to be given to us as a reward on earth for our service of Jesus. He has sent it ahead to heaven.
It is only as we understand the Delegated authority of Jesus and the empowerment by The Holy Spirit will we defeat Satan and capture territory of the enemy for which Jesus has already obtained the right to rule as a result of His victory at Calvary.
I asked The Holy Spirit once if He wanted to tells us anything about authority. He said:
To be humble and Give Jesus all the Glory
To walk as Jesus walked
To Love as Jesus loved
To do only as He has you do
To be totally dead to self
And be used as His vessel
To shine for Him into the dark places”
The Roots of deliverance
2 Chronicles 7: 14 reads as follows:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble them Selves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
The principles are as follows:
Called by His name (He is their Lord)
Humble themselves to His authority
Seek His will (face)
Turn from their wicked ways (repent)
Then the promises
He will hear
Forgive their sin
Heal their land (which includes them)
This is the basis of how God delivers.
Roots of the Ministry of Jesus
Is 61 :1,2a (which was quoted by Jesus as His ministry purpose in Luke 4:18,19) reads as follows:
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath Sent me to bind up the brokenhearted; to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD
This passage describes the deliverance of people from the kingdom of darkness to citizenship in the Kingdom of God and the healing of them of the damage Satan has done to them.
Col 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
To heal the land the people need to repent as a group. To heal the person the person needs to repent.
This was also the mission statement of Jesus
His example was as follows:
Matthew 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee,
teaching in their synagogues,
and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
delivering people from the effects of satan on them
and healing all manner of sickness
and all manner of disease among the people.
As He did so should we!
The Blood of Jesus in relations to deliverance
This is used as a magic formula and cure-all in deliverance but it is really the evidence of what Jesus accomplished at Calvary and our chief witness to it. Its purpose is redemption and not Salvation and has nothing to do with deliverance. Calvary does evidence the right Jesus was given to be Lord over all and that in His Name we could deal with demons because Jesus had the Authority to delegate this to us.
The only reason we can plead The Blood is to evidence to the demons the Authority of Jesus so they have to obey it.
We belong to Jesus so demons have no ownership rights;
(Act 20:28) Take heed therefore to yourselves, and to all the flock over which the Holy Spirit hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.
Sins were dealt with by His Shed Blood
(Rom 3:25) Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
Sins forgiven as a result of it
(Eph 1:7) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Enables us to approach Jesus
(Eph 2:13) But now, in Christ Jesus, ye, who formerly were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ.
Cleanses and changes our mind to serve god
(Heb 9:14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Witnesses we belong to Jesus
(Heb 9:20) Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined to you.
Cleanses all things
(Heb 9:22) And almost all things are by the law cleansed with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.
Overcomes the enemy as it evidences the victory of Jesus over Satan at Calvary
(Rev 12:11) And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives to the death.
Prayer and The Word of Command
What is the difference between prayer and the ‘word of command’
Prayer is telling God what is on your heart. This is why God honours your heart attitude, even thought you don not know what to pray. God does not honour numerous words or ‘formulae’ for praying but sees our heart’s desire and is moved by that.
In deliverance, the ‘word of command’ is used. In prayer, words are not necessary as it is a heart to heart talk with God and the spoken word may even distract our mind’s contact with God.
Words are used in prayer only so that others know what you are praying and agree in their heart with you.
In deliverance, words are necessary to declare the authority of Jesus over demons so that they have to obey and leave. The words can be softly spoken and still be effective as it is the delegated authority behind the words that matters, not the words themselves.
Why do Christians not have power?
Christians do not have power because:
They do not know their delegated authority
The do not live lives worthy of the delegated authority (e.g. unconfessed sin or lukewarmness in their life)
They do not understand authority principles in the supernatural
They do not understand the principles of deliverance
They do not understand the principles of inner healing
They do not understand the twofold mission of Jesus: evangelism and healing (spiritual deliverance and inner healing)
They trust in their own strength and power and not that released by Jesus at Calvary
They are insensitive to the leading of the Spirit and so do not do what is necessary or pray against the wrong things
They are afraid to be involved in the battle.
In a sense Jesus is not Lord of their life
The most important thing to realise in the deliverance ministry is that you can do nothing. You are only a vehicle to release the power of God. It is a partnership with you a very, very junior partner.
Your authority is delegated by Jesus
Your instructor and guide is The Holy Spirit
Your mandate comes from the Father
Your authority is that released by the death of Jesus at Calvary and delegated to you
Some comments on the authority of Jesus
Jesus is able to delegate this authority to us as He has ALL AUTHORITY in heaven and earth and so has the right to delegate authority to us (Phil 2:9-11).
He gives us all we need and no more so to overstep what He has given us causes us problems and will not achieve His Will for us.
It is in only His Name (authority) that we can use the authority delegated to us.
He said those who believed would cast out demons, heal the sick, raise the dead etc. and not doing that is not using His delegated authority as He commanded us too.
Why do people not do this?
Jesus said: “Mat 9:29 Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you”
We do not have the faith to allow the Miracle to occur as we do not command in the faith we should be commanding in.
We do not have the experience of God working in a Miraculous way to foster our faith In His ability to do Miracles.
We do not believe He can do these things today or at all
We do not believe Jesus is really able to do these things
We don’t want to do them
We are disinterested in doing them
We out all of the timing of God so he will not do a miracle
They use modern Bibles in which the authority has been removed by implying it is not in the early Bibles
If these apply to you then you better do something about it or God cannot and will not use you and you may even be in danger of losing your salvation through rejecting Jesus and His requirements of you.
If you do not believe in Genesis Chapters 1-11 or any part of it then you do not serve the God of The Bible but another God who lied to you in His Bible saying these things occurred when they did not. Evolution is another way of not believe in Genesis Ch 1 and 2 so that if you believe in evolution you also do not serve the God of The Bible as you say He lied about creation.
How can God use a person who does not believe He told t he truth in Genesis?
The battle is won. It is up to you to declare this and remove the enemy from what Jesus is the rightful ruler of: all creation (except hell at the moment until it is cast into the lake of fire and is no more) and the people in it.
It is your choice. Choose wisely as it your eternal fight may depend on it.