We need to be actively engaged in spiritual warfare. If not then we are losing the battles because the enemy is always active in warfare against us. The days in which we live are filled with every form of immorality and violence. Christians are becoming needless casualties of war because of their failure to enter into the battle. No one is safe on the sideline.
In the previous posts we said to...
Part 1: BE STRONG in the Lord
Part 2: BE CLOTHED with the armor of God.
Part 3: BE CLOTHED with the armor of God.
Part 4: BE AGGRESSIVE in prayer.
Part 5: BE FIRM against the enemy.
today in #6..we need to BE INTENTIONAL
In part 6 we will see that we need to BE INTENTIONAL about praying down his strongholds.
1. Intentional against the stronghold of thoughts and imaginations:
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 ESV (4) For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. (5) We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
2. Intentional against the stronghold of false angels of light:
2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ESV (13) For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. (14) And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. (15) So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.
3. Intentional against the stronghold of people ensnared and captive by the enemy:
2 Timothy 2:25-26 ESV correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, (26) and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.
4. Intentional against the stronghold of things and nature:
Mark 11:23-24 ESV Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be taken up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. (24) Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Matthew 8:24-27 ESV And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. (25) And they went and woke him, saying, "Save us, Lord; we are perishing." (26) And he said to them, "Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?" Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. (27) And the men marveled, saying, "What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?"
5. Intentional against the stronghold of diseases.
Luke 4:39 ESV And he stood over her and rebuked the fever, and it left her, and immediately she rose and began to serve them.
2 Corinthians 12:7 ESV So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.
Charles Morris. Founder and Senior Pastor of RSI Ministry, RSI School of Ministry, and RSI Publishing L.L.C..