Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10,11
A young man stood before Saint Peter attempting to enter into eternal life and Peter said to the lad, son have you ever done anything good in your life? The boy thought for a moment and then proudly stated that he was driving by a biker bar and saw a big Hell's Angel attacking a young lady. The boy jumped out of his SUV and hit the biker right square in the jaw. Peter was amazed and said that's good, when did this happen and the boy answered and said, about five minutes ago.
That's the problem, there is always a counter attack when you assault the enemy of your soul. Most Christians think just because they are born again Spirit filled warriors for Jesus that all they have to do is '' Bind that devil '' and everything will be alright. Binding and loosing is certainly a great asset to the body of Christ but in most cases wisdom is not applied to warfare.
The devil has been around a long time and he is a seasoned veteran in the realms of warfare. You cannot defeat him in your own strength and in most cases try him on by yourself. If in fact the devil himself were to show up in your little arena, you would be in for some kind of fight.
When I was in Marine Corp boot camp during Vietnam there were two major things that the drill instructors wanted us to learn. Number one, who the enemy was, and number two, how to defeat him. For six months they drilled it into our heads, not to take for granted the fact that our enemy was an easy match. 50,000 men were killed and in most cases by an enemy that was skilled in subterfuge ( a trick or device used in order to conceal, escape or evade. )
The enemy was short on equipment but long on the art of keeping his whereabouts concealed. Most were killed by booby traps and never saw the enemy face to face. So it is with the powers of darkness, you can't see them but they can certainly see you.
PREPARING FOR WAR...
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
KNOWING YOUR ENEMY
Before engaging in warfare one must first discern who he is fighting against and determine if he is able to defeat the entity that he is attacking. The most important thing in spiritual warfare is the leading of Holy Spirit and the specific will of God in the matter. King David, one of the world's greatest military commanders would diligently seek the will of God before engaging in warfare, a practice you would do well to heed.
PRINCIPALITIES: The chief, leader, ruler or prince of a territory or jurisdiction. These entities are usually placed over governments, countries, states, cities, counties and religious organizations. Warfare with these enemies are reserved for the church, and even then extreme caution needs to be applied.
To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places. Ephesians 3: 10
POWERS: Angelic beings that exercise power in heavenly realms. Having authority over certain designated areas or humans.
And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience. Ephesians 2:1,2
In the original language the above referenced scripture would read thus: The commander of demons having authority in atmospheric regions to inhabit and to be operative in the interior of the sons of disobedience walking in stubbornness, rebellion and unbelief. Think about that for a moment and meditate on the ramifications of that statement in relation to Christians or unbelievers walking in rebellion. Remember, the powers of darkness can only inhabit places that are dark, regions that have never been exposed to light.
RULERS OF DARKNESS: Lord of the world, referring to Satan and other demonic entities that hold people in darkness. Held captive in the darkness of human depravity, wickedness and evil desire.
that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. II Timothy 2: 26
SPIRITUAL WICKEDNESS: Spiritual wickedness has to do with the evil of the flesh and the war against the Spirit that is waged on a daily basis. One of our greatest battles is against our own fleshly nature, always wanting to rise up and run the show.
I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things you wish. Galatians 5:16,17
One of the greatest warriors of all time and possibly the strongest man that ever lived was Samson. Born a Nazirite and dedicated to God from birth Samson was called to defeat the enemies of Israel. Although his great strength enabled him to defeat the Philistine armies, Samson's character had flaws in it that finally led to his demise.
Samson started out in rebellion when he disobeyed his parents by wanting to marry a pagan woman. When things didn't work out and she was given to another, Samson became angry and bitter and began to seek revenge. Throughout his life he seemed to always be in the enemies camp, going with prostitutes and isolating himself from the fellowship of God's people and the worship of the One who gave him his divine strength.
Samson is a picture of a Spirit Filled believer born to defeat the enemies of God and we would do well to learn from his mistakes. Our ability to defeat the enemy comes from God and our strategy to win comes from the Holy Spirit. ''Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, say's the Lord.'' The battle is the Lord's, not ours, so we better learn to obey the divine rules of engagement.
Lets take a look into the heart of this mighty warrior and see what led to his defeat:
1. Samson disobeyed his parents and sought to be bound to an unbeliever.
2. He always stayed in the enemies camp and never with his own people. No Fellowship with others in the body.
3. Although a Nazirite from birth, he drank wine, touched dead bodies, defiled his parents, ran with harlots and had a problem with lying.
Sounds like this strongman had some strongholds in his life that eventually led to his capture and subsequent death. It's important to deal with the issues of the heart and close all inroads before engaging the enemy. You don't evangelize in a topless bar if you have a stronghold of lust in your heart.
Samson's defeat came by playing with a cobra named Delilah. His strength blinded him to the peril of being in the hands of the enemy and he let his guard down and allowed her to wear him down. Delilah's name means to waste away or wear down and she seduced him into telling her where his strength came from.
Entering the enemies territory with a spirit of lust in your heart is not wisdom to say the least and it ultimately caused Samson to lose his spiritual sight (discernment), he was bound with bronze chains ( a symbol of judgment ) and his hair was shaved thereby losing his spiritual authority and God given strength. He ended up totally defeated and grinding grain for the enemies of God signifying forced labor and slavery.
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 through God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments ( imaginations, reasoning or thought ) and every high thing ( or anything ) that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled. II Corinthians 10: 3-6