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Published on March 28th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Pastor Paula White: Engaging The Enemy

Prayer is spiritual warfare, and one of the ways spiritual warfare is waged is through prayer. ANY TIME YOU TAKE A STEP FORWARD IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS BEGINS TO LOSE GROUND. That’s why the devil comes to hinder your prayers. The enemy will try convince you that you don’t have time for prayer; that you’re too tired, too busy; tries to say God won’t hear you because youre not deserving; the enemy even tries to tell you that your prayers don’t do any good. The fact that the enemy tries to hinder prayer is proof that prayer is effective in constraining the kingdom of darkness. The devil is a liar! Your prayers turn back the dominion of the enemy!

Prayer takes place in the spiritual realm – the place where the ultimate battle of good and evil struggles and rages on. God’s Word proclaims in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” We must gain Biblical knowledge and understanding of the spirit realm so that we can operate through God’s power and in alignment with His order.

Effective prayer must engage the battle according to God’s accurate order. Let’s look at and gain insight about the structures and set up of the one we must plunder and have dominion over – Satan’s kingdom.
“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood,
but against principalities, against powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places.”
Ephesians 6:12

Principalities.

This word in the Greek is “Archias”, and it refers to princes of the underworld who manipulate certain sections of the universe.

Principalities are RULING SPIRITS assigned over nations and cities. They exert their influence over heads of nations – Kings. They seek to control the political lives of these nations, using human heads as their main instrument of operation.

Their function is mainly detailing and directing plans for countries and cities, influencing men and women in government and positions of decision making in nations (see also 2 Tim 2:2 and Dan 10). They directly carry out the evil purposes of Satan.

Powers.

This is the second level of authority in Satan’s kingdom. They exert their authority over the decision-making bodies of a nation and influence the structures of all the governing authorities. They promote wickedness and injustice by controlling those in places of authority in the land.

Powers can also influence the thoughts and feelings of human beings. They can influence people to “kill, steal and indulge in all manner of destructive deeds” (___). They can influence Christians to slander, gossip, bear grudges, and backbite. It causes people to have a lackadaisical attitude towards the work of God.

Powers deceive believers into accepting a lie as truth and get them into a state of offense.

They influence and operate through the media airwaves.

Rulers of Darkness.

This word in the Greek is “KOSMOKRATEROS”, which means world rulers. These powers are mandated by the devil to promote false religions and the occult practices – thereby enslaving the souls of men in deception. The main aim of these Rulers of darkness is to CONTROL. They operate by deception and place in people’s minds false teachings, false visions, and false dreams.

Spiritual Hosts of Wickedness.

After powers come the spiritual hosts of wickedness in heavenly realms. They promote lawlessness and wickedness in the land to ensnare souls of men in all manner of abominable sins.

The key to their operations resides in the word “wickedness”. Spiritual wickedness are responsible for such things as accidents, pre-mature death, suicides, delayed blessings, unseen obstacles, hindrances to progress and advancements.

They are very injurious & destructive in nature and may appear as angels of light & by their deception draw many away. Sometimes they try to influence & interfere with messages from the pulpit – they cause Christians to “sleep” – and be distracted. They convince the unsaved that all is well.

“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
1 Peter 4:12-13 KJV

The fact that you are in a fight means something GREAT is about to come forth in your life. When purpose begins to manifest in your life, the enemy gets intimidated because you are NOW a THREAT.

Let’s think about what a threat is. A threat is an expression of intention to inflict damage; a menace.” Spiritual assassins don’t look for unimportant people. Assassins don’t shoot bodyguards – they shoot those who are being guarded. You tackle the guy with the football, not the one on the bench.

However, without understanding the dynamics of Christian warfare, your fight will be futile. Don’t engage in an “illegal battle” ignorantly! There is a code of conduct that is acceptable warfare. Effective prayer must engage the battle according to God’s accurate order.

Prayer is spiritual warfare, and one of the ways spiritual warfare is waged is through prayer. ANY TIME YOU TAKE A STEP FORWARD IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE KINGDOM OF DARKNESS BEGINS TO LOSE GROUND. That’s why the devil comes to hinder your prayers. You have become a THREAT! The enemy will try convince you that you don’t have time for prayer; that you’re too tired, too busy; tries to say God won’t hear you because you’re not deserving; the enemy even tries to tell you that your prayers don’t do any good. The fact that the enemy tries to hinder prayer is proof that prayer is effective in constraining the kingdom of darkness. The devil is a liar! Your effective prayers destroy the dominion of the enemy!

Prayer takes place in the spiritual realm – the place where the ultimate battle of good and evil struggles and rages on. God’s Word proclaims in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” We must gain Biblical knowledge and understanding of the spirit realm so that we can operate through God’s power and in alignment with His order, and become victorious in every way!

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