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 high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
In capsule 20 we started on the practical applications of a transformed mind using spiritual warfare as example. Just as an aside, one of the feedback I got (this is not uncommon) is that I oversimplify. This may to a certain extent be true, but my response is that the modern church have over complicated and mystified the truth of God's word such that the result is now confusion and fear in the hearts of many, resulting in spiritual paralysis. We are now codependent on certain individuals, instead of being dependent on the word of God and the Holy Spirit. The incentive for attending the church for most Christians is fear of the devil, not because of the love of and for God. Fear is a poor motivator, poor incentive and a wicked task master, it's an OT deal, it is self destructive (1John 4:18).
Back to FLEX YOUR MIND, in capsule 20 we looked at the strongholds that the devil use to put us under subjugation and they turned out to be nothing more that lies (2 Corinthians 11:3). Consider this, if the truth produces freedom according to John 8:32, what will lies and falsehood do? These lies come in form of IMAGINATIONS, ARGUMENTS, THOUGHTS AND PRETENSIONS otherwise called strongholds . The reason we fail to recognise them as such is because the vehicle they travel in is 'religion' or what the bible call wiles or canniness.
Ephesians 6:12 (scripture above) is a parallel scripture to 2Corinthians10:3-4 (this is a more scary picture). It talks about demonic hierarchy and leaves you in no doubt as to their bad intentions towards you! To compound matters they are in the spiritual and you have to wrestle them despite the fact that we live in the physical. If this is all you know, then you will end up shadow boxing and live in fear of them. But see the solution below
Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (Ephesians 6:10-11 KJV)
The 2 verses that preceded verse 12 gave the solution before the problem. It says you should put on the whole armour of God, and you will find a list of the component parts in Ephesians 6:13-17 (note that none of these is physical, they are all knowledge based). After putting them on or when you come into the knowledge of these truths, then and only then that you are strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. The interesting thing is that you do all these to stand against the WILES (or strongholds) of the devil. In other words you can only fight and defeat the IMAGINATIONS, ARGUMENTS, THOUGHTS AND PRETENSIONS of the devil when you are equipped with the superior TRUTH of God's word (Roman 3:4). What the devil is counting on is the possibility of knowledge asymmetry or deficit on your part.
I know this is a fairly long blog, but I cannot end without giving you this personal experience. About 6 years ago a sister had a vivid dream repeatedly that some demonic people took me hostage and threatened to kill me because I confronted them or something to that effect. They demanded that I apologise or it would be 'curtains'. She was surprised when I burst out laughing and to her amazement I even refused to join her in prayer or be concerned, in fact I said they should go ahead. She went further and informed a few people who I respect but my response was the same. The only reason I could do this was because I had taken captive of their IMAGINATIONS, ARGUMENTS, THOUGHTS AND PRETENSIONS and pulled them down with a superior weapon which is the truth of God's word. Praise God! I am still here 6 years later walking in health and wealth (3 John 2, Romans 3:4, Psalm 35:27, Isaiah 54:17). I intend to keep it that way!!!!!
LIVE WELL, LIVE STRONG, LIVE FREE AND WITHOUT FEAR