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Prayer Warfare in the Heavenlies.

Key Scripture:

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)   For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

SUMMARY

This sermon gives us a glimpse into the warfare that happens in the spiritual realm of this world. We are a part of this warfare as well and God wants us to be His generals. In prayer we can overcome the evil forces that surround us. Let us learn how we can operate the prayer warfare in the heavenlies.

SERMON POINTS

A General in the Warfield!

Ephesians 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 Our fight is not against flesh and blood. It is against the powers of evil around us. And prayer is our weapon of warfare. God wants us to be bold in prayer, working zealously for the Lord. As the body of Christ we must be like Christ. We find demonic forces all around us to disturb us but thanks be to God because He gives us victory at all times.

Qualifications to be a general in the war.

  • Prayer

 The first and foremost thing that qualifies us for spiritual warfare is prayer. We should be able to sacrifice everything for it. All of us have a prayer ministry; let us give first priority for prayer and in all things pray. Let Jesus be revealed in our prayer. 

  • Understanding the principle of operating in the heavenlies.

 The Bible doesn’t tell us that we have a negotiation with these powers of darkness but we have a war with them. That’s why the devil tries to stop us from praying. He tries to come and disturb our spiritual lives and our families. It is easy to overcome only if you know the enemy and then attack.

  • Learning God’s word.

 We need to learn the word of God and use it while in combat against the enemy. Jesus Christ while on the earth used the Word of God to overcome the devil. We can overcome satan’s schemes when we are soaked in the rich and pure word of God.

Spirits that prevent us from advancing spiritually.

 There are four classes of Evil forces that prevent us from advancing in our spiritual lives. They endeavour to throw us off.

  • Principalitiesinfluences government, laws and kings. Also those who write policies.
  • Powersspread the power of darkness and energy, attacking feelings & imaginations, steering people to do unimaginable sins.
  • Rulers of this agebring about superstitions, self-conceit, pride, spiritual blindness, witchcraft and ignorance.
  • Spiritual forces of evil in heavenly placesthey cause people to deny God and make them work against God’s people, all forms of wickedness, religious forms of occult and extremity.

How do they attack?

  • Rules over the atmosphereruling over the areas causing rapes, murder, corruption and kidnaping.
  • Directs the demonic forces behind every sin- Luke 11:26 (KJV) Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
  • Hides the will of God-Matthew 16:23 (KJV) But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.
  • Influences people with greed, envy and falsehoodMark 1:26 (KJV) And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.

How do we gain victory over them?

 We don’t have to be afraid of these forces of evil. We can gain victory over them through Christ Jesus our Lord.

  • Being seated with Christ in the heavenly places.

 Ephesians 1:2,3 (KJV) Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:

 We have victory over the satanic forces because we are seated with Christ in heavenly places. Only in Jesus can we attack the enemy. When Jesus came into this world, on seeing Him and in His name itself , demons fled. Let’s evalute if we have Jesus within us or not.

  • Through the name of Jesus.

 Ephesians 1:19-23 (KJV)   And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all

 The name of Jesus is exalted above every other name. all these 4 powers of the enemy are under the feet of Jesus Christ and His body, the Church. Similarly being connected to your local church is very important. We need to be faithful to the church and submit to church authority. We can attack and operate in the heavenlies through the church and always be victorious.

CONCLUSION.

Demonic powers-‘are all around trying to keep believers locked and quiet like a showcase Christian. We cannot fight them by being tied to the world. We need to be seated in heavenly places with Christ and that’s when through the Name of Jesus, we find all these evil forces beneath our feet through the finished work of Jesus on the cross. Let us make our prayer warfare in the heavenlies and overcome the wicked schemes of the enemy.

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