Every born-again believer knows about the spiritual realm and the demonic attacks. They know about the powerful spiritual warfare. If you are a born-again believer, baptized in water and Spirit, you have become a new creation in Christ. The older man is gone, a new spirit-filled man is born. We are now accompanied by God’s Spirit, the third in the trinity, Our beautiful Friend the Holy Spirit! No real believer is going to war without the proper outfit and weapons. A spirit-filled godly believer follows God’s word and concentrates on what is going on in the spiritual realm with his inner eyes, ears, senses, and heart. The Holy Spirit is the believer’s spiritual GPS. I know that everyone who doesn’t believe and is baptized in water and Spirit, not born-again, will not understand what I am saying. The fact is millions of Christians don’t know what I am talking about, and this is worrying.
Spiritual Weapons- The Weak Army
When I came to the Netherlands, I first noticed many churches but not many born-again sisters and brothers in Christ. I was very disappointed and visited many churches because I couldn’t find the right place where it felt like coming home. Christians even attacked me for my spirit-filled life with Jesus. In the beginning, when I lived in Utrecht, the pastor of my first husband has lived several years in Peru working with born-again pastors, but in Utrecht, he attacked me for my faith. It was challenging for me because my husband’s family couldn’t accept me, and the spiritual war was weakening me, mainly because I was emotionally involved. My husband turned to his family and divorced me.
There was a time I didn’t know what to do, living in a country I didn’t like, moving back to Ireland to my friends and church, or going to Germany, which wasn’t my home anymore. I was restless and prayed very much, but I was also exhausted from all the fights. And suddenly God said:” Be still and know that I am God!” And at that moment, the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, came over me, and I felt safe.
From this moment, everything fell into place. Today, I am married to a beautiful Dutchman who also comes from the strict Dutch church but has learned to be led by God’s Spirit.
The problem with most Christians is that they are just going to the church, not knowing how to fight spiritual warfare against the devil and the demons. They don’t know about the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the heavenly language, and how to put the godly armor on. But they attack spirit-filled believers for not having the right clothes, faith, and traditions. The devil is laughing; as long Christians attack other Christians, he can destroy them.
John 3/ 5-7 says:
“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.
That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and which is born of the Spirit is Spirit.
Do not marvel that I say to you, ‘you must be born-again!’.”
If someone is not born of water( baptism) and the Spirit ( baptism in the Spirit), he can not enter the Kingdom of God, and he will not know how the Spirit works.
Most Christians are clothing themselves nicely and follow the law of Moses, but don’t understand that they are free when they are born-again, saved by the Blood and Grace of our Lord Jesus. The ten commandments are in our hearts because if you follow Jesus, you do keep the commandments. But even you don’t keep them, for example, you are angry and speaking falsely about someone else, you can repent and ask for forgiveness, and you are free again. If you read God’s word daily and pray to the Lord, depending on Him, you will become more like the Lord Jesus. His Grace saves us!
In 2 Corinthians 10/3-5, it is written.
“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”
Our weapons are not carnal but mighty in God!
Ephesians 6/11-18 speaks about the armor we must put on every day!
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness.
And having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.
Above all, take the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
always praying with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints!”
It means to be a good warrior of Christ; we need to be born-again, clothe ourselves with the whole armor of God, be watchful, and pray consistently!
We are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against powers and principalities, the rulers of the darkness of this age!
Therefore to fight the spiritual warfare, we need God’s powerful army, born-again Christians praying together against the rulers of the darkness of this age. There are also many born-again Christians who listen to God’s voice and are ready to fight. Thank the Lord Jesus!
God has already given us the victory through His Son Jesus Christ! Because of His death at the cross for us, we are by faith, and Grace saved, and because the Holy Spirit seals us, born-again and mighty in Jesus, through Jesus, and with Jesus, we are His warrior. If we put on the whole armor of God, we have already won the battle.
I have so many times experienced how the Holy Spirit has moved through my prayers, healed people, given a prophecy to my sisters and brothers in Christ, but also a confirmation to my many questions.
God promises that we are already blessed, healed, carried by Him, able to bind the demons, and get rest. The impossible is possible through Our Lord Jesus! Faith is a gift!
Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
In John 14/12, the Lord says
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will also do, and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father!”
“And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it!
If you love Me, keep My commandments.
And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Helper that He may abide with you forever!
The Spirit of truth whom the world cannot receive because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you!
A little while longer, the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.
On that day, you will know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you! Amen!”
The Holy Spirit seals us!
The Open Heaven
To experience an open heaven, we must be born-again, put on the whole armor of God, and pray the heavenly language with other tongues, which only the Spirit understands. A spirit-filled believer who prays daily in the Spirit feels the resistance of closed heaven. Resisting and praying with determination is shifting the spiritual realm. Accompanied by worship and praising will make the believer breakthrough and experience open heaven. If you have never experienced it before, you will not know what I mean. Depression, Sadness, Anger can all come from a close spiritual atmosphere.
Prayers combined with fasting create a spiritual atomic bomb that crashes the demons. The angels of God are fighting the battle for you. “Where two or three are coming together, Jesus will be in the midst!” One can move 1000s; two already move 10000s. Whatever you bind in heaven is bound on Earth!
An open heaven is blessings and healings coming down on you! If you feel resistance while praying, cite scriptures, pray in other tongues until you break through, then you know you have got the victory.
Very often, when I prayed through resistance and felt the breaking through, the peace, and the deep knowledge of victory finally, I got attacked by the devil because he was furious if we breakthrough. People are healed or changed; whole situations are changed for the positive. Amazing!
Jesus has given us the spiritual weapons and the armor to be a warrior of Christ, but you need to be born-again; otherwise, you can’t use them. The victory is ours through the Lord Jesus! You can already change a lot if you have faith so small as a mustard seed. Every Spirit-filled believer has the Holy Spirit as a Friend who guides them daily. The Holy Spirit warns us and speaks to us most times using scriptures from the Bible, songs, posters and nature, and other people. As born-again believers, we are used to listening to the Holy Spirit! We hear Him!
Fasting and praying are powerful tools; they are like an atomic bomb in the spiritual realm. Our God is a Victor, and whoever believes in Him is a Victor.
Jesus said in Matthew 17/ 19-21:
“Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, ‘Why could we not cast it out?’
So Jesus said to them,’ Because of your unbelief; for assuredly I say to you, if you have faith like a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain ‘Move from here to there!’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.
However, this kind does not go out except by prayers and fasting!”
There are powerful demons that can only be cast out or bound with prayers and fasting! This is spiritual warfare!
The Victory is in Jesus!
The moment Jesus came into my life, I knew directly that He was Jesus! When our Lord Jesus Christ died at the cross, we were freed of sin and law. By His Grace, we are saved if we believe!
I come from an atheistic family; we go to confirmation and visit the Christmas service only because of tradition. I was interested in all kinds of religions and practiced Buddhism.
However, I suffered a difficult time, worked myself into a burn-out syndrome, low energy, and depression. One day I called on to God and shouted, ‘Father, if you are real, please come and help me!’ I remember lying on the carpet in my living room when suddenly a vision came upon me. A hand coming from above gave me a red rose, and I felt such love and peace that I knew that is Jesus! I didn’t know Jesus till then.
I had difficult moments because I met my beautiful friend Anka who brought me to her church and apostolic church with American pastors. They were so Spirit-filled that I ran away very often because I couldn’t handle this anointing. I started to visit Anka’s house group, and one evening I prayed the sinner’s repentance and invited my Lord Jesus in my heart. From that moment, I grow spiritually. I got baptized in water and Spirit, and the anointing grew. Thank my Lord Jesus! We are sinners, and we don’t deserve anything, but because of His Grace, we are loved and over winners through, in, and with the Lord Jesus Christ!
I will encourage you to open your heart and ask the Lord Jesus into your heart and life! You will be amazed how Jesus will answer you in the language you understand. I received a rose, but He will answer you, for sure, the way you understand, maybe with scripture, or someone says something to you, a poster, a song, a dream, or a vision. I know many sisters who encountered an angel who saved their lives because otherwise, they would have committed suicide. God’s ways are so many.
Jesus has spoken to me twice with a real voice. I am sad because I lost the first one while moving countries, but I still remember the second time. I was working as a travel nurse in Utrecht, the Netherlands, and I sat in my car listening to worship music, singing and feeling great, praying to my Lord, when suddenly a voice asked me: “Do you worship me?” So soft, so kind, so gentle, but so powerful, it hit my heart! And I cried because I thought that I worship the Lord with my whole heart and being.
Jesus is a gentleman. He loves us and has given victory to all His disciples if we believe! Faith is a gift, but you can ask for this gift! Do you remember? Whatever you ask in the name of Jesus, it will be given to you! That is a promise!
It is so peace-giving, this promise!
The beauty of spiritual warfare is caused by our Lord Jesus, who died for us at the cross and is with us when we want it. When we are born-again, we have the armor of God and the spiritual weapons we can use, be guided by the Holy Spirit, Our beautiful Friend! If you have faith like a mustard seed, you will make the impossible possible because of Him! The Holy Spirit will show you how to read the word of God, the Bible, how to pray, and to fast. He will guide you to the right church and bring you into a position! The Holy Spirit is a gentle Friend! Thank you, Lord Jesus, Father, and my beautiful Friend Holy Spirit!
Do you believe it? Jesus is alive; it is about faith and not religion! He speaks to you! Please let me know how do you think?
The sinner’s prayer:
“The Sinner’s Prayer (by Dr. Ray Pritchard)
Lord Jesus, for too long, I’ve kept you out of my life. I know that I am a sinner and that I cannot save myself. No longer will I close the door when I hear you knocking. By faith, I gratefully receive your gift of salvation. I am ready to trust you as my Lord and Savior. Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming to earth. I believe you are the Son of God who died on the cross for my sins and rose from the dead on the third day. Thank you for bearing my sins and giving me the gift of eternal life. I believe your words are true. Come into my heart, Lord Jesus, and be my Savior. Amen.”
All the Best,