Victory Over The Enemy
THE ENEMY – OUR FLESH:
One of the greatest weapons the enemy uses against a child of God is his own flesh. 2 Peter 1:2-4 shows us that we are partakers of the divine nature, and can escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. He gives us the following seven tools to overcome:
Excellence, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, Godliness, brotherly kindness and love.
To be a total victor over the enemy, that is our own flesh desires, we must understand the “love points” of the CROSS. The first and greatest commandment is to love God. The second is like it, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Let us turn it around, because love for yourself determines your love for your neighbor and this love is equal to the love for God.
- Love yourself
- Love your neighbor
- Love God
1 Timothy 1:5. The purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart.
Love for yourself, will determine your love for others and for God. Example: If you are the most important person in your own eyes, lust after flesh desires, your heart is evil, boozing, using drugs, addicted to a wrong sexual way of living, abusing other; you will not understand real love. The foundation of your love is wrong and it is coming out of an evil heart. Real love is to look after yourself, keep your heart clean and pure and serving God. This pure love will flow out of your heart to your household, to others, to your neighbor and to God. Now you will know how to handle sin and to overcome. This love will be like the love of Jesus on the cross; prayer, love and forgiveness. We are crucified with Jesus.
Romans 6:6. Our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. The flesh will always lust against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. But the victory is that, if we walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. Galatians 5:16-17, 22. We must bear the fruit of the Spirit. We must deny our self every day, be dead for the world and sin, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Colossians 3:5. We must put to death our members which are on earth: Fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, idolatry, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language and lies. We must put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created us. Ephesians 6:11. Put on the whole Armour of God that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are soldiers for Christ. The enemy wants us down and out. But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and we will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. Use the sword, the word of God, just like Jesus did when He was tempted by Satan. Jesus said; it is written. Use the scriptures and the promises of God to be a victorious child of God every day. Revelation 12:11. Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19.
The bottom bar of the cross was planted in the ground of the earth. It shows us that we are from this world and made out of dust by God. One of the greatest weapons the enemy uses against a child of God is his own flesh. Dust and lust goes hand in hand. But through Jesus victory on the cross we can overcome. 2 Peter 1:4 shows that we are partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. 2 Corinthians 2:14. Thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ. Jesus has already paid the price and died for all our sin, sicknesses, diseases, depression, poverty and all sorts of bonding on the cross. We must just accept His mighty gifts in faith. But to overcome our own enemy, that is the desires of the flesh, we must understand that we are in daily warfare with the enemy. Satan uses our flesh desires and thoughts to attack us, and we can only overcome to be a triumphant soldier through Jesus Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds. This road cannot be walked without our Chief Commander.
Old man vs New man:
When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we must put on the new man. Ephesians 4:22-24. Put off your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and renewed in the Spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Romans 6:6 knowing that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Galatians 2:20. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The flesh will always lust against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh. But the victory is that, if we walk in the Spirit, we shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Galatians 5:16-17 and 22. We must bear the fruit of the Spirit. We must deny our self every day, be dead for the world and sin, take up our cross and follow Jesus. Ephesians 6:1. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. We are soldiers for Christ. The enemy wants us down and out. But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us and we will overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony. Revelation 12:11. Use the sword, the word of God, just like Jesus did when He was tempted by Satan. Jesus said; it is written. Use the scriptures and the promises of God to be a victorious child of God every day. Ephesians 6:17-18. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplications in the Spirit. Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19.
The following 3 prayers will help us to be victorious in Jesus Christ.
- Pray in the Spirit
Prayer of Authority
Acknowledge God’s might and authority:
Matthew 6:9. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done.
Isaiah 42:8. I am the Lord, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images. Isaiah 45:21. There is no other God besides Me, a just God and a Savior; there is none besides Me. Genesis 1:1. In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
All might and authority was given to Jesus:
John 3:35. The Father loves the Son, and has given all things into His hand.
Matthew 28:18. All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.
Hebrews 1:2-3. God has appointed Jesus as heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power. Philippians 2:9. God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Isaiah 45:23.
Prayer of authority in the name of Jesus gives healing:
James 5:14. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Acts 3:6. Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
Acts 3:16. And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness.
Prayer of authority in the name of Jesus gives salvation:
Acts 4:12. There is no salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.
Romans 10:9. If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.
Jesus gives might and authority to His children:
Luke 10:19. Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Romans 16:20. And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.
Philippians 4:13. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Revelation 12:1.1 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.
Jesus gives might and authority to His church:
Matthew 16:18. On this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.
Ephesians 5:23, 25-27. Christ is the head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. For we are members of His body, of His flesh and His bones.
Ephesians 3:10. That the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.
The prayer of authority can be shouted out to break through bindings, circumstances, perceptions and limitations.
Prayer of Breakthrough
Jesus told His disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father. Acts 1:4.
They all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house. Then there appeared to them divided tongues of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:4, 14 & 2:1-4.
Prayers build on the promises of the Word:
Prayers which are unconditionally been taken on the promises of God’s Word, with perseverance and faith in one accord, is breakthrough prayers. That is what happened on the day of Pentecost.
God promised the Holy Spirit – we received it. God promised healing – we received it.
James 5:15. The prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up.
Matt 7:11. How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him.
Prayers answered by the supernatural power of God:
James 5:17. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
Acts 16:25-26. At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God. Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.
Supernatural things that happen by the working of the power of God through the prayers of believers are answers on breakthrough prayers.
Prayers in the name of Jesus Christ:
Acts 3:6. Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.
Prayers in the name of Jesus Christ bring forth healing and wonders. Lame walk, blind see, dead rise, dumb speak and leprosy healed.
Prayer and fasting: Matthew 17:21.
Prayer and fasting bring breakthroughs in people’s lives that are bounded by the forces of darkness. It brings victory in the spiritual and unseen dimension.
Luke 4:14, 33, 35. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee. In the synagogue there was a man who had a spirit of an unclean demon. Jesus rebuked him, saying, be quiet and come out of him.
Prayer in the depths of God:
Deep inside the earth there are great forces at work, like heat, gas and water that comes together and the result is volcanoes that burst out and bring forth fire, ash and lava. Outside the earth in nature, heat bring wind, wind bring clouds, clouds bring rain, thunder and lightning and the rain bring fruitfulness on earth.
There is a Spirit in prayer. The only heat that will make the wind of God’s Spirit blow, is the heat of prayer. James 5:16. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avail much.
Ephesians 3:18-19. May we be able to comprehend what is the width and length and depth and height – to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Job 11:7-8. Can you search out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than heaven.
Pray into the depths of God’s treasures, with the power of the Holy Spirit and based with real faith on the promises of God in the name of Jesus Christ, that comes out of a burning heart for God and over the lips of a person completely dedicated to the Lord of heaven and earth, is due to be answered with signs and wonders and breakthroughs.
Pray that hearts of people and churches will explode and the power of God break the shackles of bondage and people be set free.
Pray in the Spirit
Ephesians 6:18. Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
The church of Jesus Christ:
The church of Jesus Christ was founded on the day of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Certain God’s given actions that have taken place on that specific day that did not happen before. Repentance and baptizing was well known because it was preached by John the Baptist, Jesus Himself and His disciples. But it was for the first time on the Day of Pentecost that the Holy Spirit was poured out in its fullness and worked in a miraculous way that the disciples were speaking in other tongues.
Acts 2:4. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Acts 2:38-39. Peter said: Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and to your children, and all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.
This gift of the Holy Spirit is for all who repent from their sins and is baptized. This gift or promise that was received on the day of Pentecost is the speaking in other tongues. It was only Jesus’ disciples who received this gift that day, but we read in the Acts of the Apostles on different occasions that many of God’s people has received the gift when there was laying hands upon them. Acts 8:17, 9:17, 10:44, 19:6. Peter actually said to all of the thousand people who were together, that it is for you and your children all over the world.
Pray in the Spirit:
Jude verse 20. But you beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. A person who has received the gift of the Holy Spirit, and can pray in other tongues, can also pray in the Spirit. Praying in the Spirit is a language that is not understandable.
1 Corinthians 14:14-15. If I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful. What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding.
1 Corinthians 14:2. For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. We thus see that praying in the spirit, is to speak directly to God.
Romans 8:26-27. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groaning that cannot be uttered. The Spirit makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
When a human spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit, he can speak in another tongue, which is not understandable for men, but praying to God. The Holy Spirit Himself makes intercession for us according the will of God.
1 Corinthians 12: 4-11. There are nine different kinds of Spiritual gifts. One is different kinds of tongues and interpretation of tongues. When this gift is working in the church, there must be an interpretation to lay out the word that was spoken. 1 Corinthians 14:27-28. Let all things be done for edification.