20 October 2020
Series: Bible study
Topic: spiritual warfare
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What is spiritual warfare?

Speaker: Apostle Ernie

Yesterday, I was talking with a young woman asking for prayer. She had an infection in her foot, and she believed it was satan attacking her, trying to hinder her from doing the Lord’s will in her life.

The other day, I talked with a young man called a missionary to a foreign nation. I told him a dream I had where he and his family was at home on vacation, but then due to political unrest, they were hindered from returning to the missions field. He saw this dream as a warning, telling him Satan would stop him from being a missionary.

Both the young woman and man are mainstream Christians who believe Satan can do what he wants when he wants. But if they prayed hard enough, they would be able to rebuke him and make sure he would not hinder God’s will for their lives.

Would you agree with them? Do you see Satan as being able to do what he wants, when he wants, and you, as a believer, is the only one able to prevent him?

In the book of Job, the Bible says that Satan is powerless to act of his own free will. He has to seek permission from Yehovah to do anything on this earth; he can only attack those who pledge allegiance to him and only when and if Yehovah allows it.

In John 14, Matt 7:21-23, the Bible says that you have pledged allegiance to Satan if you reject the Torah. Satan can, and he will attack you, but only if and when Yehovah allows him to do so. This means that if you confess to be a Christian, but you reject Torah, you have pledged allegiance to Satan, and he can, and he will attack you but only when and if Yehovah permits him.

By now, you might be wondering how a good God can permit Satan to punish His creation? And especially how can a good God allow Satan to attack someone who confesses to being a Christian? To understand your question’s answer, I will first have to use an illustration to help you see what the Bible says.

If you, as a citizen of your nation, live a law-abiding life, the government will help you when you need their help. So it would be fair to say, if you are a law-abiding citizen, you will experience the blessings of the law of your nation. The fact that you keep the law of your country ensures and guarantees your government’s help.

If you, as a citizen of your nation, decide to break the law, the government will bring the curses of the law upon you. The law will no longer bless you; instead, the law would curse you and cause all kinds of problems in your life.

As a law-abiding citizen, how would you respond to a lawbreaker if they complained over having to experience the curses of the law? You would, of course, remind them this is the consequence of breaking the law. If you violate the law, it brings consequences, and the consequences will be a curse.

Why do people complain when they break God’s law, the Torah? The Torah is no different from any other law; if you break it, there will be consequences. If you keep it, there will be blessings. (Deut 28:1-45, Matt 6:25-34.)

When we break God’s law, the Torah, it has consequences. Why would a good God allow these consequences to come upon us? He lets it because He is good; a good God has to uphold the law, and a part of doing so is making sure lawbreakers are punished for their actions.

The Bible says when we break the Torah, it brings consequences to our lives. Sometimes Yehovah allows Satan to execute Yehovahs judgment on us; sometimes, it is Yehovah Himself who judges us. It all depends if you are a child of Yehovah or not.

Who is a child of Yehovah?

In Christianity, we have learned the Torah expects perfection, which is why we can not keep it; it is an impossibility. This is not true; at no point in the Bible does it say we are expected to be perfect or sinless. The Torah says we will sin, but our sins will be unintentional. And when we do sin unintentionally, we are obeying the Torah by repenting (1.John 1:9). If you believe the Torah expects perfection and is impossible to follow, you believe a lie.

The Torah does not allow for intentional sins; if you commit a deliberate sin, you have no hope of returning to Yehovah. All of this changed when Yeshua died on the cross; for the first time, Yehovah forgave intentional sins for those who claim His death. But, as it says in the book of Hebrews, this is a one time offer only. If you accept forgiveness for intentional sins and then go ahead and sin intentionally, you will be lost forever. There are no second chances after accepting the cross when it comes to deliberate sins. But there are multiple chances after the cross when it comes to unintentional sins.

Who are the sons and daughters of God? Yeshua (Jesus) says, in Matt 12:50, those who obey the Torah are the children of God. This shows us those who follow the Torah and still sin unintentionally are the sons and daughters of Yehovah.

Those who willfully reject the Torah are not the sons and daughters of Yehovah. Matt 7:21-23, 12:50 says Yeshua does not even know who they are.

At no point in the Bible do we see Yehovah giving Satan permission to attack Yehovah’s children. The only one Satan has permission to attack are those who are not Yehovahs children.

Why would Yehovah allow Satan to do this? Because they are not His children, they do not belong to Him, they belong to Satan, so according to Yehovah’s law, their lord is free to do as he pleases with them. (John 8:44)

What it all comes down to is this, the law you obey shows who your lord is. If you follow the Torah, your Lord is Yehovah, and you belong to Him. If you reject the Torah, your lord is satan, and you belong to him.

Does this mean Torah believers are perfect and sinless, have no problems in their lives?

No, the Torah says we are still able to sin unintentionally, and when we do, it brings consequences. But because we belong to Yehovah, He reserves the right to chastise us for Himself. (Heb 12.6)

When you, as a Torah believer, sin unintentionally, it is still a sin, and it will have consequences for your life. If that sin is not repented of, Yehovah will cause the curses of the law to come upon your life. He will cause sickness, problem, destruction, and calamities to happen to you to get you to wake up and repent. But if you do repent, He will heal you of those consequences and bring peace again in your life. (2. Chron 7:14)

If you obey the Torah, which would also mean you are reconciled to Him through the cross, then you can know Satan will never be permitted to attack you. As long as you obey the Torah, you are a child of Yehovah; Yehovah does not allow Satan to attack Yehovah’s children.

Most Christians believe Satan can do what he wants when he wants, but if we rebuke him in prayer and do “spiritual warfare,” we will overcome the devil. As we have just learned, Satan can do nothing on his own. He can only attack those who do not belong to Yehovah, and only when and if Yehovah permits him.

This means if Satan attacks you, then it would be foolish of you to try to rebuke him in prayer unless you also first repent. If you try to rebuke him without first having repented, you are legally still his possession. Trying to rebuke your owner is futile.

First, you have to make sure you reject him, and you do this by repenting back to Torah back to Moses, the written law of Moses. The Torah says when we repent, we have to sacrifice for our sins. The temple is gone, so we can not do this right now in Jerusalem. Instead, we can do this in the heavenly temple if we sacrifice by faith in Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and what He did for us at the cross. If we accept His Blood as atonement for our sins, it will fulfill the sacrificial laws in the Torah.

Now that you have repented back to Torah, you are no longer under the ownership of Satan. Now you are owned and sealed by Yehovah, your God, He is now your owner.

Make sure from now on to obey His Torah, for by doing so, you are resisting and overcoming your old master, the devil. (Rev 12, Rev 14)

Now that you are a child of Yehovah, Yehovah reserves the right to chastise you. There will be times when you will go through difficulties, hardships, and have real problems. When it happens, it is Yehovah criticizing you for something you have done. Confess your sins and repent of them, even if you do not remember them (1.John 1:9), and ask for His mercy. He promises you He will hear from heaven, heal you, and give you mercy if you do.

This is how you do spiritual warfare, according to the Bible.