Invading the Realm of the Invisible
Eight Characteristics of Kingdom Warfare
(Continuing with characteristics 5 & 6)
“Prayer is the final armament. Prayer is the all-inclusive strategy of war. It is a form of spiritual bombing to saturate any area before God’s army of witnesses begin their advance. Prayer is the all-conquering, invincible weapon of the army of God.” — Wesley Duewel
5. Characteristic Five: Kingdom Warfare _______________ the Enemy.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. — Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
You will be a new threshing instrument with many sharp teeth. You will tear your enemies apart, making chaff of mountains. You will toss them into the air, and the wind will blow them all away; a whirlwind will scatter them. Then you will rejoice in the Lord. You will glory in the Holy One of Israel. — Isaiah 41:15-16 (NLT)
“In its simplest meaning prayer has to do with spirit conflict.” — S. D. Gordon
Case Study: The Fall of the Berlin Wall
6. Characteristic Six: Kingdom Warfare ___________________ Demonic Strongholds!
We are human, but we don’t wage war with human plans and methods. We use God’s mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil’s strongholds. With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas and we teach them to obey Christ. — 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT)
“A stronghold is a mind-set impregnated with hopelessness that causes us to accept as unchangeable something that we know is contrary to the will of God.” — Edgardo Silvoso
No one can enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. — Mark 3:27 (NKJV)
“Prayer is our means of involving the omnipresent God of the universe in our personal battle with Satan.” — Evelyn Christenson
See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant. — Jeremiah 1:10 (NKJV)
“It is one thing to penetrate the darkness of a region through our passionate and persistent praying, but it’s entirely another matter to establish a permanent life-giving source of light forever preventing the darkness from reclaiming that area. We must penetrate the darkness for the purpose of eliminating it. Planting must accompany the praying.” — From The Jericho Hour by Dick Eastman (Creation House)
AFTERTHOUGHTS… PONDER AND PRAY
Ponder Points: Discuss (or ponder) what you think it means to engage principalities in prayer. Share any instances you recall of how prayer removed a stronghold in your life, your neighborhood or community, or somewhere in the world.
Prayer Points: God told the prophet Jeremiah to not only “root out, pull down, destroy and throw down” strongholds through his prayers, but to “build and plant.” Pray for the extension of Christ’s Kingdom in a specific nation or people group through the planting of the Gospel and the building of churches among them.