Satan our enemy was given dominion over the Earth by God after he was cast down from Heaven after falling from grace. We are technicaly in "his house" during our stay on earth. The Word says in Mark 3:27
27 No man can enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.
When you are opperating behind enemy lines you have to be well trained, ready for anything and we must have power if we are going to bind the "strong man" in his own house. Like all soldiers we must wear our body armor at all times. Ephesians 6:10-12
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 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
The enemy is constantly firing at us and with his fiery darts and his search and destroy missions. The devil will also use friends and family against you if he can so we must be ready. Our armor consist of these things listed in verses 14-18
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
Today we will be covering our main offensive weapons the "sword of the spirit" the word of God and prayer. Used apart they both can do substantial damage but used together they are devestating to the devils kingdom. A strong prayer life leads to a strong relationship with God. PRAYER CHANGES THINGS! The word says in James 5:16+17
16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
17 Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. Then you add to that by praying Gods word back to him. The bible says in Numbers 23:19
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
For example praying "lord in your word David said "I once was young now I am old and I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor his
seed begging bread"(Psalm 37:25) it's in your word Lord and I believe it, so I know you will provide for my needs a-men." God has to honor his word and that adds more power to your prayers. When you pray Gods word things have to happen. It also shows God that you care enough about His word to study it and that you believe it enough to pray it back to Him.
We need every edge we can get when battling the enemy on his own ground. One thing we want is for the enemy to know who we are. I want the enemy to see the power of God all over me and step back knowing he has just run into a Holy Ghost Navy Seal! The Devil knows Gods chosen.
Acts 19:13-16 shows why this is important
13 Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.
14 And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.
15 And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?
16 And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.
You can not go up against the enemy trying to plug into a second hand power source. You have to have your own personal connection with God or else you'll wind up like the seven son's of Sceva, beaten naked. Brother Darrell we know! I want the Devil and his demons to say, not because of me but because of who is in me and I'm willing to humble myself in prayer, fasting, through trial and tribulation to be that man, that soldier that is on the Devils most wanted list. DOES THE DEVIL KNOW YOUR NAME? If he doesn't then it's about time he found out.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL, BROTHER DARRELL, A WATCHMAN