How Do I Fight?
Guest Writer: Myra Waiters
Prayer is the ultimate spiritual weapon because through prayer we have been afforded access to God the Father who is in heaven (Matt. 6:9). This access to the throne room of God places us in His presence where we make petition according to our faith (Matt. 21:22). An angel was dispatched to release Peter because of the intercession that was made on his behalf (and, which is so very important) the prayer coincided with the will of the Father. When the church comes together in prayer, heaven hears, and demons flee.
(Acts 13:7-8)” Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith.
Paul and his small entourage had been preaching the word of God in the synagogues of the Jews, when he came to Paphos a sorcerer named Elymas “withstood” them in order to hinder Bar-Jesus the sorcerer from hearing the gospel message and placing his faith in Jesus Christ (Vs 8). When a person cooperates with demonic forces they are put themselves under the direct influence of Satan. Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit looked intently at him and declared him a deceitful fraud, son of the devil and enemy all righteousness and a pervert of the Lord’s ways (Vs. 10). For a season this man was blinded, contrasting the dark spirit of evil that motivating and controlling him. This brings us to another important principle in Spiritual warfare and that is one cannot be timid but resolute in the authority of Jesus Christ, and “filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Acts 16:16 – “And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by *soothsaying:”
As Paul was going to “prayer” (a weapon) a young girl who is demon possessed with the spirit of divination met them (Vs. 16). Here we see both ground and occult-level possession. Paul is on his way to “prayer” and she is following behind them for many days saying, “These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation” (Vs. 17, 18). She brought her master’s “much profit by “fortune-telling.” This situation had been tolerated for some time, though we don’t know exactly how long. In this case, since the slave girl was not asking to be rid of the evil spirit; one might think that this is a major reason Paul tolerated her for so long. However, after a while, she had begun to be an annoyance the apostle. In Verse 18 we see without warning he turned and cast the evil spirit out of her in the “name of Jesus Christ and it came out instantly. At the beginning we see that Paul obviously did what he could to avoid confrontation, perhaps he offered up “quiet prayers,” but saw that it did little to nothing to stop the demons from their ranting.
Sometimes a believer will be provoked by evil taunting spirits, and think that by praying quiet prayers they can defeat the enemy. But, under certain circumstances one has to become bold enough to speak not so much prayers but commands that go directly against the works of evil spirits (demons) and devils (fallen angels). Not quietly mind you, but loudly and with the kind of faith and confidence that commands obedience from devils and demons. They must be reminded to know that you and I have been given permission to conquer all “Principalities, powers, rulers of darkness and spiritual wickedness in high places” (Eph. 6:12) through the mighty power of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 16:25 – “And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
Of course casting out the evil spirit from the young slave girl got Paul and Silas thrown into jail, but that didn’t stop them from spiritual warfare. Effective weapons of spiritual warfare were simply “praying and singing hymns” (Eph. 5:18-20). They took to heart the teachings of their Lord when he said, “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven” (Matt. 5:11-12). Singing is a sign of joy; therefore joy is a weapon of warfare! Here we see Paul and Silas rejoicing in persecution as a spiritual weapon. Paul writes from his own spiritual experience when he says, “Rejoice in the Lord always, Again I will say, rejoice!” (Phil. 4:4). It was at the height of their praise that the Lord sent an earthquake to lose their chains, and because they didn’t try to escape, the jailer and his household were saved. Yes, praise is a powerful weapon!
Acts 18:5 “And when Silas and Timotheus were come from Macedonia, Paul was pressed in the spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus was Christ.”
The power is within us… To be continued…
Myra Waiters experienced Jesus Christ in salvation in the power of the born-again experience as a young adult. She is an ordained pastor serving the People of the Way Fellowship in Pasadena, CA where she preaches and teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ in boldness, making disciples of all nations. (Matt. 28:19)Myra is an accredited Biblical Counselor through Living Waters Bible Academy, Pasadena CA. She has earned a Baccalaureate-certificate and Associate’s Degree will graduate cum laude on Dec. 9, 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Christian Ministry from the King’s University, Austin TX. She has spoken at various churches; including the Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship International (FGBFI) and the AGLOW Lighthouse meetings throughout Southern California. Myra has taught the Word of God over radio station KTYM Los Angeles; Cable Television station PCN 32 Pasadena, CA and is currently on “BlogTalkRadio” over the internet. She is married to Cleafus Waiters they reside in Pasadena CA Where together they have a combined family of eleven adult children and a host of grands and great grands.