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Introduction to
Spiritual Warfare

By Dale P. Kruse

Who is qualified to do battle in Spiritual Warfare?  Anyone who is a bornagain Christian and who to the best of their knowledge has no unconfessed sin in their lives and who knows God's will for them and is diligently walking in it.

How is one bornagain, or as it states it literally in the the Greek text born from above?  Jesus stated in John 3:3 "Truly, truly, I say to You, unless one receives-birth from-above, he cannot see the kingdom of God."  Again he states in John 3:5-6,

"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one receives birth of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which receives-birth from the flesh is flesh, and that which receives-birth from the Spirit is spirit."

For a full explanation of why see the following two articles:

When one is bornagain, Jesus cleanses away all that person's sins with His blood (past, present and Future: Hebrews 10:10, 12, 14) and God then gives that person His Holy Spirit which then gives that person authority and power over unclean spirits.  Without the Holy Spirit and the power of God, one will be at the mercy of the demons.  Acts Chapter 19 tells the story about some Jewish priests who were not bornagain who tried to exercise demons. When they did this, not having the authority and power of the Holy Spirit and Jesus behind them, one demon possessed man overpowered seven men and stripped them and they ran away naked, embarrassed and ashamed.  This was the first recorded case of streaking in history.

Therefore, to be bornagain one must be born from above by the Holy Spirit of God.  How does one do this?  The Apostle John wrote in John 1:12 "But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name."  In order to be bornagain and become a child of God one must receive Jesus Christ into their heart as Savior and Lord.  Jesus said in Revelation 3:20 "Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears My voice and opens the door, I will come into him, and will dine with him, and he with Me."  Jesus promised in this passage that anyone who opened the door of their heart and invited Him in, that He would come in.  The Bible states that it is impossible for God, Jesus, to lie:

Titus 1:2 "In the hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised long ages ago."

Hebrews 6:18 "It is impossible for God to lie."

Joshua 21:45 "Not one of the good promises which Yehovah had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass."

Numbers 23:19 "Elohim [Hebrew term for God] is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?"

Jesus proved to us that He was not a liar when after being dead three days He fulfilled His promise in John 2:22 by recreating and resurrecting healthy and alive His human body.

John 2:22 "When therefore He was raised from the dead, His disciples remembered that He said this; and they believed the Scripture [Old Testament], and the word which Jesus had spoken [New Testament]."

To Receive Jesus Christ into your heart and be bornagain, pray like this:

Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. I ask You now to come into my heart as Savior from my sins and as Lord of my life. Heavenly Father, thank You for forgiving my sins through Your Son’s death and shed blood on the cross and that I now have eternal life. Now take control of my life, and through Your Holy Spirit lead me into your will and plan for my life; in Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth’s name, amen.

Because Jesus cannot lie, when you just asked Him in, He came in.  Once Jesus comes in He promises in Hebrews 13:5 "I will never ever desert you, nor will I ever, ever, ever forsake you."  It is a literal double and triple negative in the Greek.  Jesus wants you to know beyond doubt that when you asked Him in, He absolutely did come in, whether you felt it or not, and that He will never leave you now that He is in your heart.  God the Father then testifies:

1 John 5:11-12 "And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life."

No one is higher than God and God the Father states that to have His Son living in you IS to have eternal life and go to Heaven.

Colossians 1:27 "To whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the nations, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

In addition to be bornagain, saved and going to Heaven, the moment you received Jesus God the Father automatically, whether you feel it or not, gave you His indwelling Holy Spirit:

Ephesians 1:13-14 "In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation—having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is given as a pledge of our inheritance, with a view to the redemption of God's own possession, to the praise of His glory."

When the Holy Spirit comes to indwell you, He brings your human spirit back to life and back into permanent relationship with God, which is what it means to be bornagain.  That means you can now come boldly before the throne of Grace and say "Hey!  Dad! I've got a need. . ." and he will listen to you:

Ephesians 3:11-12 "This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which he carried out in Christ-Jesus-our-Lord, in whom we have boldness and confident access through faith in Him."

When the Holy Spirit did that you then became one spirit with Jesus: 

1 Corinthians 6:17 "But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him."

That means that whatever now is true for Jesus is now true for You:  His death became Your death for your sins and His resurrection to life your resurrection to life eternal also. 

Romans 6:23 "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."

2 Corinthians 5:21 "He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him."

1 Peter 2:24 "And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed."

Romans 6:3-5 "Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection."

2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if any man is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."

This also means that all the power Jesus has against Satan you also now have at your disposal by faith through Him.

One catch:  you only have Jesus' Holy Spirit power against Satan when you are certain that there is no unconfessed sin in your life and that you are walking diligently in obedience to Him and His will for your life:

Isaiah 59:1-2 "Behold, Yehovah’s hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His-ear so dull that it cannot hear. But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your-Elohim, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear."

Proverbs 28:13 "He who conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will find compassion."

If you have known Jesus for a while, but are uncertain that there is no unconfessed sin in your life, ask the Holy Spirit to bring any unconfessed sins to your mind, confess them to God and then thank God for His automatic forgiveness according to 1 John 1:9 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  Next, ask Him to refill you with His Holy Spirit, retake control of your life and continue to lead you according to His will and plan for your life.  Pray like this:

Jesus, I confess to you that I am a sinner and repent of my known sins. Thank You for forgiving me according to Your Promise in 1 John 1:9. I now ask You to refill me with Your Holy Spirit, to retake control of my life and to continue to lead me into your will and plan for my life. By faith thank You that it is done according to Your promise to answer any prayer that is according to Your will, in Your name, Jesus, amen.

If you know God's will for you and have not been walking in it, confess and repent of that also and get back in God's will according to His command in Ephesians 5:15-17,

"Therefore be careful how you walk, not as unwise men, but as wise, making the most of your time, because the days are evil. So then do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is."

Once you are certain you are in God's will in your personal life and in praying for the person in question for deliverance, then you are ready to pray for deliverance.  James 4:7 states "Submit therefore to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you."  Now you have complete authority over Satan in the given situation:

Acts 5:32 "And we are witnesses of these things; and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him."

Luke 10:19 "Behold, I have given you authority over all the power of the enemy and to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and nothing shall injure you."

Now, when you bind Satan and command him to leave in Jesus' name, Satan MUST leave!

I encourage you to read all my articles listed on this website on Spiritual Warfare.  They will answer your other questions this introductory article did not.

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