There is no physical ritual, doctrine, or church that can birth a Son of God in you. For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh. To bring forth your own maturity you must win a spiritual battle against your own carnality. Your battles today are an internal affair. 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.
Accordingly, your weapons are not physical, but spiritual. You have been equipped with the ancient and proven weapons of true spiritual power. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds. With these implements of war you can defeat Satan’s plan for your life. Without them, your spirit will die. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
About your waist, wrap the truth of God’s word. Though this truth may appear stranger than fiction, yet all that God has spoken shall become reality. Hold your position, then, with your waist encircled with the belt of truth. Cover your heart with self-control, to reduce your vulnerability. Let your daily routine display the serenity of God’s presence. Put on your feet the preparation the good news of peace supplies. Invoke the power of faith, an unfaltering trust in the veracity of God. Faith will quench the flaming missiles of doubt. Besides all these, take on the shield which faith provides, for with it you will be able to put out all the fire-tipped arrows shot by the evil one. Limit the cravings of your mind to the quest for spiritual immortality. Take the helmet salvation provides. Strike down your enemies with the power of God’s word. And take the sword the Spirit wields, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:14-17 (Williams).
If you would defeat Satan, you are going to have to live in a state of continuous spiritual readiness. Even the best weapons are useless, if you are lulled to sleep or your eyes are dim. Victory requires vigilance. If you don’t see Satan coming, he will knock you down. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
Prayer is the offensive weapon that prevents spiritual drowsiness. Every morning and every night, fall on your face to beg God for wisdom and understanding. Throughout your day beseech the heavens for the victory you seek. Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak. By this your spiritual senses will be honed to an edge, and your weapons will remain at the ready. Keep on praying in the Spirit, with every kind of prayer and entreaty, at every opportunity, be ever on the alert with perfect devotion and entreaty for all God’s people. Ephesians 6:18 (Williams).
Satanic attack will come first from your own carnal mind. Mankind is corrupted from within, not from without. Your carnal mind is Satan’s beachhead for the invasion of your life. By forays from this stronghold, he seeks to terminate your existence. All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. Be alert for Satanic attack by scrutinizing your actions and motives. Start by guarding your mouth. The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Watch for words that are not conducive to spiritual purity. Unproductive words do not originate in your spirit, and you don’t want them. If you find yourself speaking unkind or amoral things, terminate them with prejudice. Give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully. For some are already turned aside after Satan.
Satanic destruction is hatched in the heart. His energy will give birth to emotions. These false emotions produce desires for illicit, destructive behavior. Typically, they will make you deeply desire an activity that is ungodly, depraved, vile, or harmful. When you accept this desire as your own, you are caught unawares and disarmed. At first it will be masked by some justification, some thin veneer of respectability. But soon even the facade is stripped away. Satan will make you “love” the messenger of your death. By Satanic desire you will find yourself courting the horror that is trying to kill you. Once you succumb, then with every beat of your fond fluttering heart, your blood is pumped out and your spirit embalmed. With new Satanic affection, you amble agreeably down the path to your own demise.
You can defeat these salvos by continuously analyzing your desires. You must constantly monitor your thoughts and feelings. Some of these are Satanic assassins, sent specifically to kill you. Treat all new desires as coming from an alien source. Before you admit any new desire into your heart, make certain that it meets the following requirements of the Two Step Desire Test. Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
First, ask yourself if the desire is contrary to the Ten Commandments. If it is, cast this desire far from you, disown it and destroy it. It is from the Devil. If the new desire does not violate the Ten Commandments, then move on to step two.
The second test is to ascertain what the fruit of this desire would be. If this desire is accepted and acted upon, who will it glorify? If it will glorify God in your life you can probably keep it. But if its ultimate outcome would only encourage selfish carnality, then exterminate it. Let it never again take space in your thoughts. You must retain only those desires that meet the conditions of both step one and step two. Make certain that each of your desires do not violate the Ten Commandments, and that their fruit will yield a harvest of Godly gratitude. Only these desires are right and wholesome. You can act on them, entrusting their success to the wisdom of your Heavenly Father.
When you encounter a new desire that fulfills both of these tests, tell your family, spouse, and parents. For there can be no shame in a desire that will glorify God in your spirit. Never keep secrets in your life. They are only a place for Satan to hide.
Be alert for “victim thinking.” Victim thinking is the desire for someone to save you, or for someone to blame. These thought processes were born in Eden, as Eve blamed the Serpent, and Adam blamed Eve. Victim thinking is a symptom of carnality- it is an indication that you have lost touch with God’s sovereignty and love. It is normally accompanied by the destructive emotions of anger, bitterness, resentment, jealousy, and ingratitude. These executioners dethrone God and deify Satan. If these suddenly appear in your life, you are listening to a new voice. Get help and expose these lies for the evil impostors that they are. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath: neither give place to the devil.
The final tactic in your war against Satan is called, “Run, Repent, Confess.” When you discover destructive emotions or desires within yourself, you must run from them, repent of them, and confess them. Satan cannot be victorious in your life if you run from his presence, repent of his thoughts, and alert all your spiritual companions to his subversive deeds. These three are discussed below. RUN. Satan controls the minds of most people. These people espouse victim thinking, or display destructive emotions. They are enslaved to Organized Christianity, or they practice behavior that flunks the Two Step Desire Test. In their state of Satanic oppression these people believe they are sincere, honest, and nice. But the energy that flows from them is the bile of spiritual death. The god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not.
Do not spend time with these acquaintances, for Satan will soon wear you down. Though these people may seem harmless at first, they have the power of Satan behind them, and the situation will quickly escalate beyond your control. If you become a sympathetic ear you will be pumped full of their poison, and soon find yourself attached and obligated to evil. You are not going to help these folks, change them, sway them, or convert them. You are presently striving for your own personal spiritual maturity, not ministry. Get up and run screaming away. They have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things.
REPENT. Repentance is the action of your spirit, regaining control of your mind and body. This tool cuts the chains of Satan. Repent means, “to change direction.” When Satan sends thoughts to kill you, repent by stepping out of their way. Let the evil thoughts sail on by and miss their mark. Do not reach out and grab them, do not go with them. Disown these thoughts, declare that they are not you, and destroy them. If you find yourself involved in evil, change your mind and decide to quit the depravity that has captured you. Change your direction and consecrate your life to the glory of God. If God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; and that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. Fill your life with a new goal, the goal of Sonship and begin to seek it with all your heart. Pray without ceasing. Open your Bible and study to find the plan of God for your life. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
CONFESS. In the soon coming spiritual restoration of earth, all the evil of man will be openly declared. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. But you don’t have to wait that long. Get this restoration going in your life right now. There is no shame in the fact that Satan dispatched a thought or desire intended to kill you. Shame comes when you hide it, cover it up, and act on it. It is never too late to be free from Satanic desire. It is simply the longer you wait, the greater the debt you will have to repay. If you are presently involved in evil, your debt of shame is accruing day by day, and you will ultimately pay every farthing. Get it over with now, while it is still small, and before it grows any larger.
Sin exits the body through the mouth. Tell the whole story to your spouse, parents, Godly friend, or the person you’ve wronged. Confessing your failures will break the Satanic hold that binds you. Do it now. Get it out in the open and get help. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
The forgiveness of God is infinite, and the forgiveness of your friends will one day become infinite. “Run, Repent, Confess,” will paralyze Satan, terminate his activity in your life, and set you on the road to new spiritual health. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Your internal war against Satan has been specially provided by your Heavenly Father. This warfare is not an accident; it is the means to your spiritual maturity. Some of these battles you will win, and some you will temporarily lose. Do not be dismayed by your failures, but learn from them. Count them as brief setbacks only, then press on with the war. Satan is tasked with maliciously teaching you about the evil that originates in God. According to the plan of God for you, you will learn about evil firsthand, as you experience the trials of planet earth.
During this process, some failure is a prerequisite for your perfection. You have to experience a degree of failure, but you don’t have to like it. Pick yourself up, get back on track, destroy your adversaries, and claim for yourself the prize of Sonship. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.