The Reality of Spiritual Warfare

The Invisible War & the Victory of the Cross

Distorted by artists and ignored by the church, these unseen warriors are REAL!


The School of Joyful Endurance


"When the evening had come, they brought to him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all that were sick." (Matt 8:16)

"Then He called the twelve  together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases." (Luke 9:1)

"Finally, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the full armor of God, that  you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against spiritual forces of wickedness in heavenly places.  Therefore take up the full armor of God, that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm." (Ephesians 6:10-13)

God's creation is truly amazing!  We may be familiar with life on planet earth, but the dimensions of His unseen habitations reach far beyond our human comprehension. That heavenly realm -- including God's armies of supernatural angels -- is mentioned throughout the Bible, but few of us seem to take it seriously.

Usually hidden from our earth-bound eyes stand two kinds of warriors: God's faithful angels and Satan's malicious demons. God uses His loyal angels to guide, fight, protect and watch over His people. He uses Satan's demonic hordes to enforce His justice, punish the wicked, and train us in spiritual warfare. While He calls us to follow Him, share His Word and spread His love, He also prepares us to face spiritual battles that involve evil forces as well as the good. 

"Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; this I know, that God is for me.... In God have I put my trust: I shall not be afraid. What man can do unto me." (Psalm 56:9, 11)

Prayer and Preparation

One evening in the spring of 1973, I received a phone call from a distraught young woman. Karen, the stranger on the other end, had immersed her heart and soul in a satanic cult: a dark spiritual reality that was virtually unknown to most Christian churches. I knew nothing about the terrifying occult bondage that had enveloped her. But I invited her to come to my home later that week. Then I started to pray.

A few weeks earlier, with God's guidance and my husband's blessing, I had joined the new "Compassion Corps" at our evangelical church. My first assignment was to counsel a young woman with a three-month old baby. Karen [not her real name] had called the church for help and had indicated she was a Christian. She said suffered from fear, anger and depression as well as mental and spiritual confusion. The church office gave her my name and phone number. When she called, I felt utterly inadequate to help her. But through my weakness God showed me His strength!

Using my Bible and concordance, I began my study on angels and demons -- confident that Satan's malicious trickery was no obstacle to God's power and protection.

Keep in mind...

Satan's lures have brought sickness, death, fear and confusion from the beginning of time. That spiritual darkness seemed to diminish during America's first centuries, but  the tide has now turned! Today's children face an unthinkable flood of corrupt entertainment. Mind-changing movies, occult computer games, seductive books, and mesmerizing music are fast banishing the good while welcoming the evil!

With our Bibles and a few reliable history books we can trace the ups and downs of this movement. We see that when nations dismiss God, the nominal "Christians" as well as the secular masses start seeking enticing substitutes. But the joy is short-lived, for when God withdraws His hand of protection, many face dreadful consequences. (Study the chart)

Today's "liberated" youth are now immersing their minds in occult "virtual realities" that have entrapped blinded captives across America. As we might expect, they have little or no tolerance for Jesus and those who follow Him.

"...they were holding at that time a notable prisoner called Barabbas.  When therefore they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them, 'Whom do you want me to I release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?'  For he knew that because of envy they had delivered him up....
      "But the chief priests and the elders persuaded the multitude to ask for Barabbas and to put Jesus to death.
But the governor answered and said to them, 'Which of the two do you want me to I release for you? And they said, 'Barabbas.' Pilate said to them, 'Then what shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?' They all said, 'Let him be crucified.' And the governor said, 'Why, what evil has he done? But they cried out the more, saying, 'Let him be crucified.'" (Matthew 27:16-23)

Fighting the Forces of Evil

A few days after her initial phone call, Karen and I were sitting in our kitchen and praying, asking God, our heavenly Counselor, for guidance. He led us for the next seven hours as Karen shared her traumatic personal history, read Scriptures, extended forgiveness to all who had hurt and abused her, confessed her own sins as God brought them to mind, and then praised the God who had begun to heal her. Though she had not yet mentioned her occult connection, she left full of joy. God had indeed touched her, and her heart was singing.

Her joy didn't last long. That evening she called me in a state of panic. Her home was in chaos. The baby was screaming, her husband was threatening suicide and Karen was terrified.

God then prompted me to ask if she had been involved in any occult activities in the past. "Yes," she answered. She was well aware of the evil behind that dark seductive power that had been tormenting her.

I knew little about demonic oppression and spiritual bondage, but again God prompted me to ask some questions. First, had she kept any of the objects and symbols that still linked her to the cult?  Together we asked our Shepherd to help her remember, and she began to list all the objects and clothes in her house that had been used in ritual worship. We prayed that He would guide both Karen and her husband as they sought to do their part in cleansing their home of all occult connections.

When Karen called back the next day, she had completed her search and discarded all relics from her years of bondage. We thanked God, but my concern had deepened. Ephesians 4:27 and other Scriptures suggested that she might face more battles before she would walk freely in God's victory. Remembering Mark 9:29, I suggested we fast for three days.

Andy, my wise husband, suggested I call our church for help. So I did. The only available pastor was supportive, but he was unfamiliar with occult bondage and could offer no advice. He prayed that God would lead me, and we both trusted that He would. Meanwhile I continued in prayer, study and fasting.

"...when Jesus saw that a crowd was rapidly gathering, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, 'You deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and do not enter him again.'  And after crying out and throwing him into terrible convulsion, it came out, and the boy became so much like a corpse that most them said, 'He is dead!'
     "But Jesus took him by hand and raised him; and he got up.  And when he had come into the house, His disciples began questioning Him privately, 'Why could we not cast it out? And He said to them, 'This kind cannot come out by anything by prayer."
(Mark 9:26-29)

Some hours later, the phone rang. A woman I barely remembered meeting at a Christmas gathering introduced herself. She told me that God had prompted her to call me with some advice. She had found my name and phone number on an old Christmas list. A bit skeptical at first, I listened, praying that God would guard me against deception.

"Open your Bible to the blank pages in the back and write down these instructions," she said. "You need to know how to lead someone through deliverance.

How did she know about Karen?  Neither Andy nor I had told anyone other than our associate pastor. When I told her about my need, she shared my awe at God's amazing ways.

Following her instructions, I wrote three pages of notes. Then we prayed together, and she added an interesting comment.  "If you are fasting," she said, "drink juice as well as water. You will need it."

Wow. That was good news. Half a day after starting the fast, I had felt waves of nausea.  God knew something I didn't at that moment: I was pregnant with our third son and desperately needed something more than water in my stomach.

Three days later, on a Thursday, God led us through the steps He had given me through the insightful woman. This time, Karen left my kitchen with the certain knowledge that God was her Savior, King, Lord and Shepherd.

" When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them...."  (Colossians 2:15)

A week later

But Karen's battle was still not over. That Sunday night, Dr. Dick Hillis, then the General Director of Overseas Crusades International (OCI) -- spoke at our church. By God's amazing plan and timing, he described the demonic oppression, possession and deliverance he had witnessed on the mission field from 1933 to 1961 in Asia. Then he stressed this warning:

"When the unclean spirit goes out of a man, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and not finding any, he says, I will return to my house from which I came.  And when it comes, it finds it swept and put in order.  Then it goes and takes along seven other spirits more evil than itself; and they go in and live there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first." (Luke 11:24-26)

I took God's words to heart. Karen had already memorized some key Scriptures in preparation for spiritual warfare. But we needed to discuss the Armor of God and make sure we were both covered by His protective life.

The next three days went well, but on the fourth night she called again. Her frightened voice exposed the intensity of her battle.  She began to describe the demons that were pressing into "the door" of her mind, and what she "saw" seemed strangely familiar. As she described her scary, hideous tormentors, they seemed to resemble some of the weird creatures we now see -- and children idolize -- in today's mind-changing entertainment.

I wondered if I should follow her home and be available to her during the night, but Andy told me to stay home. Instead, I put some bedding by the hallway phone and prayed with Karen against the forces of evil during much of the night.

By God's grace and power, Karen "won" the initial battle. Through the next few months, she learned how to resist her demonic oppressors through prayer and Scriptures. And finally then personal combat with evil finally ended! Hungry for His Word and presence, she grew fast in Christ and became strong in faith and spirit -- ready to fight the spiritual battles we all face in these challenging times. Christ had set her free, and within two years, she was teaching Bible studies and encouraging other women in their faith.[4] 

     [These words are worth repeating:] "Finally be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might! Put on the full armor of God, that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil....
 "With all prayer and petition, pray at all times in the Spirit and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints..... Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with a love incorruptible."
(Ephesians 6:10, 18, 24)

    "...thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ!" 2 Corinthians 2:14

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