Spiritual Warfare 101 - Understanding
The Tactics of Our Enemy (Part 1)
We are in
an epic spiritual war. In this war it is critically important
that we know satan's tactics. To be ignorant of his schemes
and plans of attack is to give him the advantage in your life,
health, home, finances, marriage, ministry, government or
to take you into satan's war room. You'll read directly from
his strategic and tactical war planning manual. You'll learn
all of his strategies and tactics and when you're done reading,
you'll know his plans of attack from A to Z! He'll never gain
the advantage over you again!
A Detailed Look Inside Satan's War
In any war, there is a war room. The war room is the pulse
and heartbeat of any military. Located in the war room are
the tactical and strategical military planners. They determine
their military's plan of attack. If you gain access to an
opponent's war manual, you will learn their military hierarchy,
obtain troop data, armament capabilities and strike plans.
This vital information clearly gives you the military advantage.
Satan's war room is revealed in Psalm 2:1-3. Below is his
strategical and tactical wartime planning manual. It includes
all of his tactics, schemes, plans of attacks, plots and booby
traps against the Church.
Satan's War Time Planning Manual
1. Break Their Will To Fight And
We Will Own Them!
In the 17th chapter
of I Samuel, verses 1-11, Saul and the entire army of the
children of Israel had completely lost their will to fight.
Goliath harassed them until they became spiritually impotent.
They cowered under and were simply waiting to be devoured.
The devil's plot is to harass you until you lose your will
to fight the good fight of faith. He will not let up
until one of two things happen, he breaks your will to fight
or you take the Sword of the Spirit and make the devil
obey you! If you find yourself during a battle, lacking
spiritual fortitude, (i.e., little or no prayer, no Bible
study, not confessing the Word of God and no fellowship with
strong Believers), you have allowed forces of darkness
to break your will to fight.
2. Wear Down The Saints And We Will
This tactic, revealed in Daniel 7:25, is straightforward and
very simple. Wear the saints down mentally and exhaust them
physically. Get them worried about the economy, war, unemployment,
the price of gasoline, the high crime rate or anything to
usurp the peace of God in their minds and hearts, (See Isaiah
26:3). Once a Believer is worn down, they become spiritually
incapacitated and thus, are useless to the kingdom of God.
3. Divide And Conquer
In Matthew 12:25, Jesus revealed a critical spiritual law,
".Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation;
and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
The devil is acutely aware of this spiritual law and uses
it as a weapon to destroy marriages, families, ministries,
friendships, businesses and any type of partnership. He looks
for ways to inspire disagreement and create division. The
scheme is simple, pit ministry against ministry, husband against
wife, children against parents, and deacons against pastor.
anywhere he can sow disunity.
4. Never Press a Child of God Too
The devil understands the danger of forcing a Believer into
a corner. He knows that too much pressure and they may cry
out to God for deliverance. He learned that tactic when he
forced the children of Israel against the Red Sea, (Read Exodus
14). He saw it again when the Moabites, the Ammonites
and other armies of the aliens cornered the children of Israel
near Mount Seir, (See II Chronicles 20). The devil knows that
a desperate foe is a dangerous foe. In some cases his tactic
is to bring just enough pressure to interfere with the plan
of God for your life but not enough to cause you to cry out
to God in prayer, (Read Acts 4:23-31).
5. Shock and Awe
Most Americans first heard of Shock and Awe during
the Afghanistan conflict. But satan has employed this military
tactic since the beginning of time. The objective is to intimidate
and bewilder Believers, leaving them spiritually comatose
by applying massive and overwhelming force as quickly as possible,
(See Deuteronomy 20:1-8). There are four primary ways satan
employs the Shock and Awe tactic.
(a) File lawsuits that
incite legislation against the church. Lawsuits aimed at
eliminating the tax-exempt status of churches and others
designed to institute unlawful zoning laws that prohibit
churches or ministries from growing.
(b) Hinder or prevent
the preaching of the Gospel. In 2001, Abby Moler was graduating
from high school and was one the students asked to offer
their thoughts in their yearbook. She quoted Jeremiah 29:11,
but school officials deleted her quote because she mentioned
G-O-D! Left up to the devil, Bibles would be prohibited
and no one could quote scriptures publicly.
(c) Attack prominent
pastors and other ministry leaders. When they fall, he parades
their failure before the entire world. Once the word spreads
through the Body of Christ, it leaves some Christians in
such awe of the devil, that they become spiritually numb.
Some will backslide.
(d) Simultaneously attack
you on all fronts. That includes your job, physical health,
emotional health, marriage, family, ministry, business and
everywhere else. He'll stir up the IRS against you, while
at the same time cause dissention on your job, strife in
your family and ministry and pressure in your finances.
If you find yourself under attack from multiple points at
the same time, you are under the Shock and Awe attack
of the devil!
6. We Will Impose Our Will Upon
In Acts 4:13-21, the religious people commanded Peter
and John not to preach Christ! Bare in mind - they could preach
as long as they didn't preach Christ crucified! This warfare
tactic is as follows: impose the will of the kingdom of darkness
upon the Body of Christ, but do not allow the Church to impose
its will upon the kingdom of darkness. The devil will use
threats, fear, the judicial system and any other means available
in an attempt to impose his will upon the Church.
7. Turn Them Away From God - By
Changing The Laws
In the 1960s, Madeline Murray O'Hare fought feverishly
to get laws enacted that would ban prayer from public schools.
Most Christians remained silent and allowed this demonically
inspired female to impose the devil's will upon the church.
Since her victory, the public school system has slid into
Homosexuals and lesbians are presently attempting to use
the same judicial system to make same sex marriages legal.
On another front, various groups are filing legal motions
to prevent the Ten Commandments from being publicly displayed
in courtrooms in America.
Still on another front, homosexuals have vigorously targeted
organizations such as the Boy Scouts. They filed lawsuits
in an attempt to force the Boy Scouts to allow homosexuals
the legal right to train young Scouts. This tactic of
satan is revealed in Daniel 7:25. The devil uses the court
system to changes laws in order to legislate sin and legalize
The strategy is - change the laws and you change the minds
of the people. When the Supreme Court decided on January 22nd,
1973, that abortion was legal, that law changed the mindset
of many females. Today, it is not uncommon for a woman to
become promiscuous and have 3, 4 and 5 abortions just to cover
The changing of the laws is a powerful weapon in satan's
arsenal and the Body of Christ must rid itself of this spirit
of passiveness when it comes to fighting satan on this front.
Believers must band together, (those with legal training,
financial resources and prayer warriors) and raise up and
become aggressive in this arena and attack the devil at one
of his favorite strongholds.
8. The Trojan Horse Tactic
In Acts 6:8-15, certain men had successfully infiltrated various
local congregations and then proceeded to infect them with
the spirit of religion. These spiritual impostors succeeded
at turning those congregations against a true man of God.
By the time they were finished spreading their lies, they
made Stephen appear to be satan's son-in-law. The Trojan horse
tactic is designed to convince Believers that true men of
God are of the devil.
That's why you must know the Written Word if God and have
spiritual discernment for yourself. In today's battlefield
many of these Trojan horses call themselves God's watchmen.
They claim God has called them to expose false ministries
but after you examine the ministries they claim are
false, you see the same picture you read in Acts 6:8-15.
Like Stephen, these false ministries are preaching Christ
and Him crucified with signs and wonders following but these
satanically inspired robots are hell-bent on: (a) turning
you against true men of God, or (b) shutting down true ministries.
The devil wants to put a halt to all healings, miracles, prosperity,
blessed marriages and happy homes. He will fight tooth and
nail to hinder men who are strong in faith and he uses the
Trojan Horse tactic to accomplish this plot.
I once researched a number of these watchmen groups and by
the time I compiled all of the names on their various lists
of false prophets, every minister known to mankind was of
the devil! According to each group, the only people who were
saved, were themselves and the people who followed their doctrines.
If you listened to any minister in their databases, according
to them, you were definitely not saved! These watchmen groups
specifically target those who teach faith and those who have
any of the 9 gifts of the Holy Spirit operating through their
ministry. Read the Word of the Lord.
15 Some indeed preach
Christ even of envy and strife; and some also of good will:
16 The one preach Christ of contention, not sincerely,
supposing to add affliction to my bonds:
Paul by the Holy Spirit says, some men preach the gospel
for the sole purpose to stir up envy, strife and contention
in the Body of Christ. It's part of the divide and conquer
tactic. Here's the rule of thumb to go by. When you see ministers
executing personal attacks on the men and women of God who
love the Church, faithfully serve God and preach Christ crucified,
the attacker is a Trojan horse planted by satan to sow discord
amongst the brethren, (See Proverbs 6:16-19).
9. Rush In and Crush
10. Find Their Weakness And Exploit
In Ephesians 4:27, we are commanded to, "Give no place to
the devil." When you give place to the enemy by living in
sin, whether by omission or commission, you have exposed yourself
to the devil and in most cases he will take that opportunity
to rush in and crush you!
In satan's tactical warfare manual, the way to victory
is to attack the weak. Throughout the Written Word of God we
can find example after example of men and women of God who displayed
a weakness and satan used their lapse of judgment to shred them
to pieces. Remember the woman in the Garden of Eden? The devil
used her appetite, (See Genesis 3:1-6).
What about David and Bathsheba? The devil used David's sex
drive, (See II Samuel 11). The kingdom of darkness is always
looking for kinks in your spiritual armor. When satan finds
a weakness, he will attack it relentlessly! That's
why we are commanded to be strong in the Lord and in the power
of His might, (See Ephesians 6:10 and Joel 3:10). Here are
the primary areas the devil looks for weaknesses
(a) Your appetite. That includes
craving for foods, beverages, alcohol and drugs. If it's
edible, drinkable, smokable or ingestible, he's going to
attempt to get you addicted to it.
(b) Your sex drive. The devil
will take something God meant for good and run you into
the ground with it. His plot is to get you commit fornication,
adultery or some other sexual perversity and then strap
you with HIV/AIDS or some other STD. Or, in some other manner
ruin your life through sex.
The music you listen to. In the hands of satan, music is
a (WMD), a weapon of mass destruction. Sitting atop the
Holy mountain of God, satan was the maestro of music. He
was the praise and worship leader of the entire world, (See
Ezekiel 28:11-19). That is why he understands the power
of rhythm, harmony and melody. He uses that knowledge to
create music to entice and hypnotize men and women to sin,
(See Daniel 3:1-7).
Where do you go from here? First and foremost, you must
learn how to make the devil and his demon cohorts obey you,
(See Luke 10:17-19). You have been given the authority, now
you must learn how activate it! The place to start is by ordering
your copy of How To Make The Devil Obey You!!! I'll
show you how to properly use the weapons of your warfare.
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