Spiritual Warfare and Strongholds of Our Hearts

 

The Old Testament’s scenarios portray beautiful pictures of Christian living applicable today.

It is interesting to note that in almost all battles that the people of Israel fought from the time of exit from Egypt to the time of Babylon captivity……..

  1. When they had to fight the outside enemy, the warfare had to be authorized by God before military maneuvers.
  2. They always escalated attack from defensive positions.
  3. When attacked preemptively, it gave God legal ground to fight on their behalf.
  4. God himself fought some of the wars without involving human hand in the battles.
  5. Their spiritual standing with God at that time of war determined their victory or defeat.
  6. Most wars had prophetic obligation and had to be done in offensive manner.   i.e displacing the gentile nations from the land given to them by God (still mandated by God).

Well, the New Testament brings out realities of these scenarios.  The LORD compares Satan to a roaring lion seeking who to devour.  This requires the need for us to be able to stand against him.

But it has to be as per God’s instructed manner.  Failure to observe God’s rules of warfare is costly for believers.  The risk of going to war unprepared, has greater cost than not attempting at all.

Sitting back and folding your arms in comfort won’t help either.  You need to be wise.

The thing is, Christians have wars being waged against them.  The spiritual exists as  hosts, angels, thrones, principalities and powers, most of which are for us, yet still, a study of heavenlies reveal another hosts of fallen counterparts in second heaven levels.

It is war which began long before man was created.  We are not older than this war.

The LORD Jesus restored to us our positions as children of God, but for satan, the only blow He caused him was to destroy his works at the cross…. the works that he did through us… the work of sin.

Satan has remained to roam in seeking (not everyone) but whom he can devour easily.  He comes through human nature.  He will continue to move a round seeking for loopholes and to rope you in.

The great reward we have in Christ is when He came down to bruise the head of satan.  Now operating as a headless serpent, his tactics have changed.  He is a friend to our flesh (human sin nature) and He deposited rebellious seed into human heart.

It was for this reason the sons of god engaged the daughters of men, seeing that they were beautiful they had them for sex and the results were a mixture of spirits.

We still see this mixture today.  It is a mirroring of the current conditions where we give ourselves to operate with this strange mixture.

We have seeds of men of established within us.  I am talking about the Church.  Are we not behaving strangely as they were?

Rebellion is rooted into this mixture, the mixture of a little bit of Spirit of God and a little bit of flesh in us…… This is where real spiritual warfare is.

There is lie suggesting we can fight Satan directly.  The propagators of Strategic Level Warfare teachings, tried to sway the real object of our warfare as something away from us, as something geographical, as a kingdom in our view and stronghold that needs to be uprooted.

We have to, but it should be strongholds of our hearts that need uprooting and God has promised to take care of satan on our behalf.

The heart is the real force that can stand against the children of God.  Out of the heart flows issues of life.

God will be justified to fight on our behalf when we call on him, but we have to do it from Christ position, blood washed position.

 

Shalom,
~ Prophet Peter Odhiambo


Peter OdhiamboProphet Peter Odhiambo of Heart Revival Network International, Kenya is a Prophetic End-Time Minister of the Gospel, preaching in Crusades and open air Revival meetings. The LORD continues to show him the apostasy in the Church and the need to prepare the Bride, fit for the Wedding of the Lamb, as in Revelation 19:7-8.

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