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The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

Updated on August 25, 2009

The Reality of Spiritual Warfare and Demonology

Spiritual warfare and demonology is a reality to be faced, not a concept to be debated. Yet most Christians seem to be blind to spiritual warfare and demonology, not realizing that we have an invisible enemy who cant be hit with bullets, blown up with bombs, or defeated with nuclear weapons. The Christian approach to spiritual warfare usually falls into one of two extremes-either we place an undue emphasis on Satan and his powers or we completely ignore the existence of a personal enemy.

The Christian life is a battle and spiritual warfare is not to be taken lightly. Our battle, our wrestling match to the death-is not against physical or material adversaries like people, circumstances, and organizations. It is against a hierarchy of demonic forces doing battle in the spiritual realm.

Ephesians 6:10-12 "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. 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."

In this passage of scripture Paul tells his readers the nature of the battle and how they are to fight it.

"Be strong in the Lord, and in the strength of His might" (v.10) Allow yourself to be continually strengthened by the power already made available to you in your new position and relationship with Christ Jesus. It is the power that raised Jesus from the dead and now dwells in you. How do you allow yourself to be strong in the Lord? By continually and repeating putting on the spiritual protection God has provided for us.

Five Things You Should Know About Spiritual Warfare

1. There is an invisible world.

The invisible world is just as real as the visible world, and both Old and New testaments refer to it often.

2 Kings 6:!5-19

Daniel 10

Ephesians 6:12

2. We are involved in an invisible war.

This conflict has eternal implications; lives are at stake. The enemy's strategies affect us every day. When was the last time you honestly considered that some struggle or relational conflict was rooted in satanic opposition?

2 Corinthians 10:3-5

2 Corinthians 4:4

3. Our foe is formidable.

The goal of Satan is to destroy God's people and discredit the cause of Christ. He is not to be taken lightly. He is real. He was an angel, the highest of all created beings, who rebelled against God out of pride.

1 Peter 5:8

Jude 9

4. We must respect our foe but not fear him.

Our responsibility is to become acutely aware of Satan's methods but not be preoccupied by them. We can become educated about his schemes by examining his names in Scripture; all of them reveal something of his tactics. Scripture is very clear about his agenda and his targets. But he is limited, and we have no need to fear him if we follow God's instruction in faith.

2 Corinthians 2:11

5. We don not fight for victory; we fight from victory.

As believers in Christ, we are invincible. The Bible has given us numerous promises of victory over the power of the enemy.

1 John 4:4

1 John 5:4-5

Revelation 12:11

James 4:7

Demonic Transmissions

When i say demonic transmissions i mean his communication cycle with his imps. Just like we are in the Army of The Lord, Satan too has his own little army. Satan has hordes of helpers and these demonic imps are so dumb that they do not think for themselves, but the one thing they do well is follow orders. They have small detailed assignments to which they are highly dedicated.

So lets take a look at his communication efforts and how his army works. But, first we must realize that an army without effective communication will be defeated. This is why the he devil attempts to block our communications with our Holy Ghost headquarters by way of spiritual attacks through mental captivation. When a person's mind is captivated, it has been charmed by seducing spirits and kidnapped. Ultimately, the attention of that person is rerouted.

Captivation is the hijacking of the mind in a deceptive manner. Because the mind has the ability to send transmissions to the body to tell it what to do, the enemy infiltrates it. His goal is to have free course in the body. To break free of the devil's captivation, the powers of demonic transmissions must be broken. When this occurs, the connection of the mind to his control is severed.

How does the devil communicate with us?

1. Ideas, imagination.

2. The enemy makes the message receivable for you through the right words, and pitch of voice; making it seem like your voice!

3. Transmission can be done by person, place or thing.

4. Receiving, getting the attention of; exposure, making known.

5. Makes you think; what does this mean, or what is going on?

So the question then becomes how do you stop this? Well the first step to liberation from demonic transmissions and his communication tactics is developing the ability to recognize thoughts that are not of God. You must identify these thoughts and send them back immediately. They must not be encoded into your mind. Do not give the enemy room! Do not try to discern or figure out crazy thought patterns that the devil sends to your mind. Do not entertain foreign thoughts! Cast down every evil imagination upon its inception, and there will be no demonic transmissions into your life.

You must know that there is a difference between your mind and your thought. Your mind is the vehicle, and your thoughts are what you allow to get into your vehicle and ride. Do not pick up strangers to ride in the vehicle of your mind! You do not have to be delivered from what you will cast down first.

The enemy wants to use our mind as his battlefield, and he will continue to launch attacks. No matter what anybody telly you, the devil desires to control your soul. He does not just want a ride in your vehicle-he wants to be in the driver's seat of your mind, will, intellect, and emotions. Demons want to come into our lives and rest!

Do Not Let This Happen!!!

Demons come into your lives and rest, when you allow the transmissions of the enemy to enter our thoughts lives.

There are two major components of the communication cycle:

The sending (transmission)

The receiving (reception)

In the case of the communication cycle, the devil is the sender, and the human mind is in the position of the receiver. God gave us a will! We have the ability to take authority over the airways of our minds by allowing the Holy Spirit to be the air traffic controller. The devil is a spiritual terrorist, and he is always seeking entrance to the headquarters of the body, which is the mind! The most productive way to deal with terrorism is to block all entry points and destroy the plans of the enemy at inception. This is why we must have the mind of Christ. It is a safeguard against mental terrorism.

Demonic transmission does not take place overnight. It is a process! When the devil sends demonic transmissions against your mind, you must stop his progression at the beginning of the attack. The longer thoughts linger, the more influence they have! When the enemy sends negative thoughts, it is a literal attack against your mind.

I don't know if you have ever noticed? But you can be praying hard, poring your heart out to God and sometimes even praying in the Holy Ghost. Then all of a sudden some thought, idea pops up not of God, or the phone rings, or someone knocks on the door real loud. This is not just a mere coincidence, but this is a trick of the enemy and a distraction to cut you off!

The major attack against intercessors is the spirit of distraction. Distractions do not just happen by chance. They are strategic assignments sent to break focus. If the enemy breaks your focus, he can break your flow. Intercessors must have spiritual continuity or the ability to continue without wandering off course. Distractions that attack the mind hinder the ability to move on, and completion never takes place. This creates loose ends!

When a person has too many loose ends in their life, their discernment is eventually blocked. Having keen discernment is the first step in dealing with things that come to distract the mind. Thoughts that are not of God must be identified and sent back immediately. They must not be received and processed into your minds.

Do not give the enemy room! It is of no cause to try to discern the crazy thoughts and things the devil sends into your mind! Again do not entertain foreign thoughts! Foreign thought are thoughts that do not produce a kingdom mentality.

If the thoughts don't line up with what the kingdom of heaven says about the situation, reject them!

Remember that your mind is the vehicle, and your thoughts represents what you allow to get into your vehicle. Do not pick up strange hitchhikers to ride in the vehicle of your mind!


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    • shofarcall profile image


      6 years ago

      Thank you for this information which we all need when we are part of The Lord Jesus Christs' army. Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      William Benner 

      6 years ago from Savannah GA.

      Great hub and you have good insights into the Devil's battle plan! There is one point I do not agree with and that is that the demons are dumb and just do what they are told! They do obey, but you must remember that they are still angles...Angles that has fallen, but still angles that has there own intelligence! I have written several hubs on similar subjects, coming from the perspective of one use to serve the Devil. God Bless you!

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      Same Boat 

      7 years ago

      You speak from EXPERIENCE. It has HIT me also. We should all pray for each other, the saints, and NOT those that are not Christ's people, as Christ taught us. Another avenue, that allow a "doorway" to you, through other people, that are not HIS. So we don't pray for them, as Christ did NOT.

      May GOD and CHRIST be with you, and all those that are HIS, in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

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      Marilyn Alexander 

      7 years ago from Vancouver, Canada and San Jose del Cabo, Mexico

      Thank you for an excellent hub! How strong your words are about distractions and too many loose ends. I started something and had to stop. It seemed brilliant to take a certain course then I felt that it wasn't true. I stopped but didn't know why. I believe that I was prevented from taking wrong actions. When I cleared up some loose ends (not all but some) I noticed that things became a little clearer and I could see the difficulties I might face if I took that wrong course. Thanks for your reminder and reinforcement of these truths. Great Hub!

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      Vernon T 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for the reminder, on the Spirit of Distraction, helps to stay on track/focus with God.

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      8 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      VERY well written, I must say!!!!!! I hope this comment finds you well!! Come visit when you get a chance! God Bless....

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      8 years ago

      I found this right on time...there is constantly crazy and negative thought invading my mind. Just like you mentioned the devil makes it seem like it is you...its crazy and we are definetly in spiritual warfare.

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      Sandra Mireles 

      8 years ago from Texas

      Great discussion about spiritual warfare.

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      9 years ago from hub

      This is good, it goes into more depth than most see!

    • twill4jc profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago

      Thanks Mr. Robbins, sorry it has taken me a while to respond but i have been very busy and i have not had very much time for Hubpages.

      I believe that sometimes, one must put everything aside and totally and whole heartly seek Jesus!

      I will go check out that hub and i look fwd to talking to you agin soon.

      May God bless!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks for an excellent hub. I found it at the right time.We are constantly engaged in spiritual warfare but the insights you provided enhanced my awareness.I really appreciate it.

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      Judah's Daughter 

      9 years ago from Roseville, CA

      What gets me the most is the spirit of fear (anxiety) ~ the things I can't see, so I tend to "foresee" negatively, to brace myself for the worst case scenerio. I struggle with this! Because I know God sometimes allows valleys, I just keep the faith that, while I hope for what I understand would be best for me, I must submit to His will and purpose, knowing all things work together for good.

      I keep casting down the doubt and pray to keep the faith, my chin up, and thinking positively. When I look back over the testimonies of deliverance from evil in my lifetime thus far, it builds my faith, knowing He still loves me and not to doubt in the least bit that He does!!

      Many times I don't feel worthy of His love, and "think" I deserve some hard times ahead, but I trust in His mercy, to not only see me through, but so many others facing the difficult times in the world as it is today ~ while we see the wrath of God coming, and while we feel deserving to be included in it, He is our Savior and will never forsake us!

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      Sam Robbins 

      9 years ago

      Hi! Great hub! Noticed that you share some of the same interest that I do in Bible study. If you have time, please visit my series titled Light In The Darkness, beginning with Part 1. I am sure you may find it interesting since it also deals with spiritual warfare.

      Great hubbing!!


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