“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)
“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.” (Ephesian 6:11-18)
Imagine you are going into battle. There may be arrows, or bullets, flying all around you. You need to be careful. You might otherwise get hit. This is the picture the Bible paints of our daily walk of faith. How do we win the battle? We win the battle by being sure to do it God’s way. In the Bible, God gave specific commands to Israel on how to fight her battles. If they did it His way, they would win. But if they did it their way, they lost. They could not simply do it “their way” (or “my way,” as the song goes). They had to do it “God’s way.” If you do it “God’s way,” you will win. It does not mean you will not also suffer, because suffering happens to good people, and Jesus suffered. What it does mean is that you will win the battles that God has put in front of you to fight. Remember, when Jesus was on the cross, He didn’t lose. He won. It is a strange way of looking at battle, sometimes, but on the cross, Jesus was primarily fighting a spiritual war. This should tell us something. In battle, there is merit in surrendering to God. We must surrender to God on all fronts and do it God’s way, if we are going to hope to win the battle. Therefore, defining what we mean by “success” is a key point. If success means “not going to the cross,” then we can never win, because Jesus said we are to pick up our cross daily. This means we must surrender daily to God. And Paul, who wrote both, 2 Corinthians 10:4 and Ephesians 6:11-18, quoted above, also wrote, “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31). We are to die daily to our own desires, and do it God’s way. Then, we will be able to have success. Then, we will be able to win the battles God has placed before us.
In the Bible, it says, “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). To submit to God means to obey Him. Demonic warfare can and does happen if we refuse to obey God. We must submit to Him. Recently, I woke up having had some type of real demonic interference in my sleep. I woke up with “hell on my shoulders” and it was obvious. I could hardly shake it. It was, in a manner of speaking, “hell.” This hell seemed “glued” to me, and what I understood from this was that God had allowed it. But why? I did not have the peace that I had one day before that, when I had awoken with complete peace. The difference was dramatic. This hellish demonic feeling would not leave me. There was actually a reason why I awoke in that manner. The reason had to do with a very important task that God wanted me to do, and until I did that task, my peace was not going to return. Thus, there was a reason for the demonic interference. I had the “goods” (a task to accomplish) which could, or would, affect at least one person in a significant way, but more likely, many people would be affected by this task. The task was to speak to a person about something he was teaching that was not right. Thought no one likes to do this, it’s important to be willing to be used of God to help correct another person. Well, I’ve also needed correcting. Someone else needed correcting in this case, and until I did what God wanted me to do, the door was open for demonic interference in my own mind. And it was real. It was “hellish.” All it took was sincere devoted prayer before God, in a time of real quietness, to know for a certainty what it was that God was leading me to do. As soon as I had sent that letter (the correction took the form of an email), the devil did flee, and there was no more stronghold. This is James 4:7 in full force: “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7).
How much resisting of the devil did it really take in that case? Very little. All I had to do was “do the right thing” and the devil did flee. And yes, it was certainly demonic, what I had been facing.
May the Lord bless you with these words today.