Believers today, for some reason, do not have the upper hand. Well, actually we do. We just don’t know how to wield it in our own lives, much less for the hearts of others. It is impossible to walk in victory when one is still a POW, saved but under the power and authority of a few good lies. Oh yes, a believer can be under the influence of the enemy. Look at priests and pastors, our highest-ranking officials in the church—there is more going on when they go down in flames than the pressures of their jobs or the demands of ministry. Far too seldom are they, or any believer, diagnosed accurately by taking all variables into consideration. Where there is sin, the enemy is (or has been) present. Attention given to what the enemy has on us or has at work in us would be a good place to start treatment. Freedom is at stake. Freedom is on the other side of battle.
I do know this: Jesus encountered demonic presence in his life and ministry. He trained up friends to handle this aspect of fallen life as well (as seen in the book of Acts), and He has given us authority, His authority (Matthew 28:18-20). We must gonna need it.
It is time for the sons and daughters of God to bring the Kingdom of God in the Authority of God against foul spirits, dark forces, and the lies of the enemy. First in our own lives, so we can be of some help in the lives of others throughout this spiritual battle, within which we find ourselves equipped, but far too often untrained.
An excerpt from The Warrior's Heart Blog. Learn more here.